This Sunday, in our Hightide class with our 4th & 5th graders, we talked about the book of Hebrews. More specifically, we focused on the “Hall of Faith” section. Since we are wrapping up our brief walk through the Bible in this class, I thought these verses would be a good review on many of the stories we talked about a few months ago.
We read through several verses in Hebrews 11, picking out a few stories here and there to help them see what this chapter is about, then I wrote all the people from the chapter on the board, and had each student choose one. They then had to write who they were and what they did by faith, and draw a picture.
Here’s our Hall of Faith:
In our Hightide (preteens) class, we took 3 weeks going through these six books, doing them in pairs: 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1& 2 Chronicles. Because there are so many great stories throughout these books, we did mini skits–I or one of the kids would read a short section of verses, or sometimes I would summarize, and the kids would act out the parts as we spoke. Again, it simply gave them something to do besides just listening.
As we got into 1 & 2 Chronicles, I realized first of all that the timing of stories in the Old Testament was going to start getting a little confusing. Most of the books up to this point are in chronological order, but Chronicles goes back over some of the same time periods of Samuel and Kings, and the prophets later are all over the place. So we made a timeline on a couple pieces of poster board to leave posted in our classroom so that we could follow along better.
Secondly, much of 2 Chronicles is about Solomon building the temple, and it’s very descriptive. To help all of us visualize it, I thought it would be fun to draw the temple, so we did just that! I would read a verse or two at a time and just let the kids draw it how they interpreted it. Here’s their representations. 🙂
We have two services with kids programs, so I teach the same lesson (or close to it) twice each week