Church Activities for Children on the Lesson of Joseph

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Church Activities for Children on the Lesson of Joseph
Joseph's interpretation of Pharaoh's dream got him out of prison. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Joseph was the 11th son born to Jacob, also known as Israel. Joseph had prophetic dreams that angered his brothers and made them jealous. They also envied Jacob because he was his father's favourite son, and Jacob gave Joseph a multicoloured tunic. Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery. and he ended up in Egypt where he became Pharoah's second-in- command. Children can learn the lessons of Joseph through various children's Bible activities.

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Joseph didn't show concern when his brothers expressed their displeasure with him and his dreams. He failed to take care when they became angry about his distinctive coat. Creating Joseph's coat reminds children to speak peaceably to family members and not show off or put on airs. Open a coffee filter and use various water colour markers to colour all over the filter. Spray the coffee filter with water and watch the colours blend. After the filter dries, cut out a tunic shape and glue it to a Joseph figure. The activity is suitable for pre-k through third grade.

Do the Right Thing

When Joseph reached Egypt, he worked in Potiphar's house. Potiphar's wife tried to tempt Joseph, but he fled rather than betray his master. Potiphar's wife claimed Joseph attacked her, and Joseph was thrown into prison. Every step of the way God blessed Joseph. Invite the children to act out the story of Joseph in Potiphar's house. Encourage them to always do the right thing and trust God to balance the scales. The activity is suitable for second through sixth grade.

Dreaming Dreams

Joseph didn't stop dreaming dreams when he was sold into slavery. God used him to interpret dreams that other's dreamed. Ask the children's church kids to draw the dreams Joseph interpreted, including the butler, the baker or Pharaoh as found in Genesis 40 and 41. Use a book on dream interpretation to look at the symbols in dreams. Encourage students to keep a journal of their dreams for a week and discover what messages might be hidden in their dreams. The activity is suitable for third through eighth grade.

Forgiveness and Restoration

Joseph's family experiences the famine that Pharaoh dreamed about and they come to Egypt seeking food. Joseph recognises his brothers and decides to test them to see if they have changed. Read the story of Joseph's test to the children and how he reveals himself when he sees that they have truly changed. He forgives his brothers and explains how God used their treachery to preserve the family. Students can act out the story. Hand out the worksheets from Calvary Chapel Children's Ministry for the students to complete. The activity is suitable for second through sixth grade.

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