Game - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘I’m hungry’


A fun game to reflect on the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers for the first time in Egypt.

Joseph’s brothers and their families are so hungry that they have to go on a long journey to buy food in Egypt. On the way there they must have been thinking of food...

I am hungry a fun game on Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church 1

What do you need:

- 20 different sweets and chocolates laid out on a tray.
- a large cloth
- pen and paper

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Object lesson - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘That takes the biscuit!’


A fun creative activity to reflect on the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers for the first time in Egypt.

It seems that Joseph is taking revenge on his brothers. He sends them to prison for three days, imprisons his brother Simeon for longer, and makes life very difficult for them. You might say ‘what goes around comes around’ – but taking revenge does far more harm than good.

That takes the biscuit a creative activity on Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- biscuits, nice ones, enough for every child
- 2 strong transparent plastic bags with a seal
- a hammer

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Object lesson - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘Touched to the heart’


A fun creative activity to reflect on the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers for the first time in Egypt.

When Joseph sees his brother Benjamin after 20 long years, it moves him to tears. It touches him deeply to see his favourite brother again. What touches us?

Touched to the heart a creative activity on Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- a dartboard
- darts
- a small heart made of cardboard

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Object lesson - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘The brothers are left in the dark’


A fun creative activity to reflect on the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers for the first time in Egypt.

Joseph leaves his brothers in the dark. They have no idea what is going on, and who they are dealing with. They don’t know where to look. Do you?

The brothers of Joseph a creative activity on Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- a large box with two holes in it
- objects that can be recognized by touch

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YouTube video - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘Caminandes 1’


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt

A lama tries to cross a road in the desert. But every time he puts a foot on the road, traffic rushes by. He just can’t get to the other side. Then an armadillo comes along, and it crosses the road with no problems at all. The lama doesn’t know what to do – but eventually he crosses the road riding on the armadillo’s back. 

Caminandes 1 Use this secular YouTube video to talk about the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers again in Egypt


So what makes this film suitable for a discussion on the story of Joseph seeing his brothers again?

The brothers go on a journey in order to buy food, but everything goes wrong. Other people are allowed to buy food, but they are accused of being spies, put into prison, have to leave one brother behind, get accused of stealing, and have to fetch their youngest brother. If it was up to their father, Jacob, they would never go back, but they have no choice – the famine forces them to go back to Egypt a second time.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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Icebreaker - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘I recognise your shoe!’


A short introduction to the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers for the first time in Egypt.

When Joseph sees his brothers he recognises them, but they don’t recognise him. He accuses them of being spies. But are they really spies?

Hey I recognize your shoe use this fun icebreaker to talk about the Bible story of Joseph meetings his brothers in Egypt for the first time. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids min

What do you need:

- pieces of A4 paper
- felt pens

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Object lesson - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘Do you recognise that?’


A short introduction to the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers for the first time in Egypt.

Do you recognize that use this fun childrens moment to talk about the Bible story of Joseph meetings his brothers in Egypt for the first time. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you do:

Preparation:

Beforehand, record the voices of a few people in the church/children’s club on your mobile phone.

What do you do:

Invite the children to come to the front (if you’re in a church service).

Tell the children – today we’re going to hear in the Bible story that Joseph’s brothers see him after twenty years have passed, and do you know what? They don’t recognise him. He looks completely different, and speaks a different language.

I wonder how good you are at recognising people. I’ve recorded the voices of a few people from the church (or club) – see if you can recognise who it is. If not, you can always ask the adults to help!

Play the recordings one by one and ask the children whose voice it it.

Tell the children: Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s really hard to recognise someone when you can only hear their voice. In the Bible story today Joseph recognises his brothers straight away. But even Benjamin, his favourite brother, doesn’t recognise him. Strange, isn’t it?

Let’s listen to the story.

 

Complete Sunday School lesson - Joseph 4: ‘Joseph and Pharaoh’s dreams’


Download the PFD booklet with eleven great ideas on this Bible story

Are you looking for a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Joseph explaining Pharaoh's dreams and becoming the ruler of Egypt in Genesis 40 - 41?

Joseph explains Pharaohs dreams a complete Sunday school lesson with 11 creative ideasWe offer you the following eleven creative ideas for your Sunday school lesson.

We understand that these eleven ideas are way too many to fit into just one Sunday school lesson, but we want to give you the opportunity to pick and mix, so that you can choose the ideas that fit with you and with your group of children.

Here are the following twelve ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:

*   I feel like apple pie! - a children's moment
 Yum yum! - an icebreaker
*   How do I tell this Bible story? - five storytelling tips
*   Nobody Nose Cleopatra - YouTube video and discussion 
*   The difference between looking and seeing - a science experiment
*   Waiting for the dream to come true - a crafts idea
*   A glimpse into the heart of God - a crafts idea
*   A wall of dreams - a creative activity
*   Let’s collect... - a Bible game
*   The lucky dip - a Bible game
*   God is involved - a creative prayer idea

Download the PDF booklet with all these ideas

We have created an illustrated PDF booklet containing these eleven creative ideas. Using this PDF booklet you can print all these ideas at home at your leisure.

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Prayer idea - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘God is involved’


Use this creative prayer idea to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh and to encourage children to talk with God.

In the story of Joseph God is at work behind the scenes to save the people of Egypt, the surrounding peoples, and Joseph’s family from the famine that lasted seven years. It is God who gives Pharaoh the dream, and who gives Joseph the meaning of the dream, so that he can save everyone.

God is involved a creative prayer idea about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church


What do you need:

- a large map of the world
- blank cards to write on
- pens

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Game - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘The lucky dip’


Use this fun game to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh

During the seven years of good harvest, Joseph collects literally a countless amount of grain. Today we’re going to look for surprising questions in amongst countless bits of sawdust.

The lucky dip a fun game about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church


What do you need:

- make a lucky dip – a large container filled with sawdust
- print out the questions on the worksheet
- cut the questions into strips and attach each strip of paper to a lolly
- put the lolly’s with the questions attached into the lucky dip

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Game - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘Let’s collect’


Use this fun game to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh

A fun game in which the children, just like Joseph, try to harvest as much as possible.

Lets collect a fun game about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- a large dice
- a few bags of peanuts in shell
- a timer
- sandwich bags for the children to put their peanuts in at the end of the game

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Crafts idea - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘A wall of dreams’


Use this craft activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh

The children are going to think about their most beautiful dream. This may be a dream that they really dreamt, or something that they would really love to see happen in the future.

You can use this personal look at dreams to go on to talk about Joseph’s dreams.

A wall of dreams a creative personal activity about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- enough worksheets for each child
- felt pens/ coloured pencils

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Crafts idea - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘A glimpse into the heart of God’


Use this craft activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh

Even though it seems that the Pharaoh is the most powerful person in this story, God is working in the background. He gives Pharaoh the dreams, and warns him. He gives Joseph the wisdom to be able to interpret the Pharaoh’s dreams. In this way Joseph is able to save everyone with his clever plan.

A glimpse into the heart of God a fun craft activity about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- each child needs the two worksheets printed on card. You can download the two worksheets below.
- glue sticks
- pairs of scissors
- felt pens

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Crafts idea - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘Waiting for the dream to come true’


Use this craft activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph having to be patient

Joseph has to wait thirteen years until the Pharaoh takes him out of prison and makes him viceroy of Egypt. It’s hard to wait! Luckily the children won’t have to wait that long with this craft activity.

Waiting for the dream to come true a fun craft activity about the Bible story of Joseph having to be patient for many years. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- plastic cups or flower pots
- cotton wool
- cress seeds
- stickers and pens to decorate the pots

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Experiment - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘The different between looking and seeing’


Use this science experiment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph explaining the dreams

The baker, the cupbearer, and the Pharaoh have their dreams in their sleep, but they don’t see the meaning of the dream. God gives Joseph the insight to understand the meaning of the dream. As ordinary people we are sometimes not very good at really seeing and understanding things. We look but don’t see. This experiment is a good example of this.

The difference between looking and seeing

What do you need:

- a pack of cards
- pen and paper

What do you do:

Lay out the following combination of cards on the table.

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Ask a child to choose one of the cards and write the name of the card on a piece of paper. Ask them then to turn over the paper so that no one (and especially you) can’t see which of the five cards they chose. Then remove all five cards from the table.

Tell the children about the story you’re going to tell, about the baker, the cupbearer and the Pharaoh who all watch their dreams but don’t see the meaning of them. God gives to Joseph the insight to understand the meaning of the dreams.

Is there a difference between looking and seeing?

Put the following four cards on the table.

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Ask the child who chose a card at the start to turn over the paper on which they wrote which card it was. Lo and behold, their card has vanished!

It’s all about looking and seeing.

The baker, the cupbearer and the Pharaoh watch/look at their dreams in their sleep, but Joseph needs Gods help to see the true meaning.

With this experiment you also need to look very carefully.

Which of the original five cards are the same as these four cards that are now on the table?

They are all different! Not a single card is the same as the first five.
This is why the card that the child chose will always have disappeared.

But how come we don’t see this?

The cards look so similar to each other that we don’t remember properly which cards we have seen. We look, but don’t see properly.
With God’s help Joseph learns to see the meaning of the dreams.

You can repeat this ‘trick/experiment’ so that the children learn how to do it at home.

YouTube video - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘Nobody nose Cleopatra’


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about the Bible story of Joseph becoming a ruler of Egypt

Cleopatra rules over Egypt. There’s just one problem – she is not happy about her nose. She wants someone to paint a portrait of her, but each time that someone paints a good likeness of her nose they get into big trouble! One painter sends his servant to Cleopatra with the latest portrait, but on the way the painting gets damaged. The servant tries to repair it, and ends up with a portrait that is more like a Picasso. Cleopatra thinks it is wonderful, and the servant in turns becomes a painter with his own servant. 

Nobody Nose Cleopatra The Egyptian Piramids Use this secular YouTube video to talk about the Bible story of Joseph becoming a ruler in Egypt


So what makes this film suitable for a discussion on the story of Joseph?

The film is about the power and fickleness of the rulers of Egypt. Farao and Cleopatra were the most powerful people in Egypt. They could make and break people, throw people into prison, kill them, or appoint them as viceroy or portrait painter. Sometimes in our world it seems as though powerful people, companies and governments can do anything they want. Which role does God play in the background?

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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Icebreaker - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘Yum yum!’


Use this Icebreaker to teach about Joseph becoming ruler in Egypt

After thirteen terrible years of being a slave, and being thrown into prison for something he hadn’t done, it’s finally time to celebrate. Joseph becomes viceroy of Egypt and can finally forget all the misery. It’s time for a party.

He calls his oldest son Manasseh, and his youngest son Ephraim. Manasseh means ‘to forget’, and Joseph said It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household. “I have forgotten all my sadness. I don’t miss my family any more”. Ephraim means ‘fruitful’, and Joseph said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”

Yum Yum use this fun icebreaker to talk about the Bible story of Joseph becoming ruler in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens churc

What do you need:

- cupcakes or muffins
- cream
- icing
- hundreds and thousands and sweets to decorate the cakes
- paper plates

What to do:

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Object lesson - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘I feel like apple pie!’


Use this children's moment to teach about Joseph explaining the two dreams to the pharaoh

You could use this for a children’s moment in the church service, or as an introduction to your children’s programme.

A fun introduction to the Bible story for all ages!

I feel like apple pie use this fun childrens moment to talk about the Bible story of Joseph interpreting pharaohs dreams. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens churc

What do you need:

- an apple pip
- a flowerpot filled with earth

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Complete Sunday School lesson - Joseph 3: ‘Joseph and Potiphar’s wife’


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Are you looking for a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Joseph saying 'no' to Potophar's wife and being thrown into prison in Genesis 39?

Joseph and Potiphars wife a complete Sunday school lesson with 12 creative ideasWe offer you the following twelve creative ideas for your Sunday school lesson.

We understand that these twelve ideas are way too many to fit into just one Sunday school lesson, but we want to give you the opportunity to pick and mix, so that you can choose the ideas that fit with you and with your group of children.

Here are the following eleven ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:

*   The layers of an onion - a children's moment
*   Number 1?! - an icebreaker
*   How do I tell the this Bible story? - five storytelling tips
*   The Egyptian pyramids - YouTube video and discussion
*   The floating / sinking orange - a fun science experiment
*   Do you recognize all the emotions? - a creative activity
*   The longest chain in the world - a creative activity
*   A reflecting mirror - a creative activity
*   Build a pyramid - a Bible game
*   Going against the current - a Bible game
*   A ball and chain - a crafts idea
*   What are you full of? - a creative prayer idea

Download the PDF booklet with all these ideas

We have created an illustrated PDF booklet containing these twelve creative ideas. Using this PDF booklet you can print all these ideas at home at your leisure.

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Crafts idea - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘A ball and chain’


Use this easy craft activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph being imprisoned in Egypt

Joseph went straight from Potifar’s household to an Egyptian jail. That was no fun. Maybe he even had to wear a ball and chain on his ankle. But even in jail Joseph discovered this: ‘Even in hard times God is with me’.

A ball and chain use this creative crafts idea to think about the Bible story of Joseph in the prison in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

 

What do you need:

- a worksheet (that you can download below) for each child, printed on thick paper/card
- some pairs of scissors
- coloured pencils / felt pens
- staplers

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Game - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘Going against the current’


Use this fun Bible game to teach about the Bible story of Joseph in Egypt

Joseph tries to build a life up in Egypt but it falls apart around him. A fun game in which the children discover that it’s hard to reach your goal when you’re going against the current. They’ll also discover how great it feels when they succeed.

Going against the current use this fun game to think about the Bible story of Joseph in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

 

What do you need:

- a ball, basket/bucket, and tape

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Game - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘Build a pyramid’


Use this fun Bible game to teach about the Bible story of Joseph in Egyptr

Joseph tries to build a life up in Egypt but it falls apart around him.

Build a piramid use this fun game to think about the Bible story of Joseph in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

 

What do you need:

- a few hundred plastic cups

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Object lesson - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘A reflecting mirror’


Use this creative activity to think about Joseph's relationship with Potiphar

Joseph is just an ordinary slave in Potifars household, but if you read the story well in the Bible, you will see that Potifar understood that the Lord was with Joseph, and was helping him. Joseph was a sort of mirror for Potifar.


A reflecting mirror use this creative activity to think about the Bible story of Josephs relationship with Potiphar

 

What do you need:

- a mirror
- printed out worksheets of the mirror that you can download below!
- felt pens /coloured pencils /paint

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Object lesson - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘The longest chain in the world’


Use this creative activity to think about Joseph's time in prison

Joseph is sent straight to prison. But even in prison Joseph knows this: “God is always with me, even here in prison. I can never be separated from God.”Joseph is sent straight to prison. But even in prison Joseph knows this: “God is always with me, even here in prison. I can never be separated from God.”


The longest chain in the world use this creative activity to think about the Bible story of Joseph in the prison in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

 

What do you need:

- many sheets of different coloured A4 paper
- staplers and/or cellotape
- pairs of scissors

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Object lesson - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘Recognise these emotions?’


Use this creative activity to think about all the emotions in the Bible story of Joseph 

The story of Joseph is a real roller coaster. Lots of things happen to Joseph, Potifar and Potifar’s wife. There are lots of different emotions. Using emoticons we’re going to look into this further.

Do you recognize all the emotions in the Bible story of Joseph in the household of Potiphar a creative activity for Sunday school lesson kids ministry childrens church youth work

What do you need:

- worksheet (that you can download below)
- felt pens or biros.

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Experiment - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘The floating orange’


Use this science experiment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What happens when you put an orange in a glaas of water? Does it float or sink? And what does this have to do with Joseph? A very easy but powerful experiment that you can apply to Joseph’s life.

The floating or sinking orange a fun science experiment about the bible story of Joseph and his colorful coat

What do you need:

- two large glasses of water and two oranges

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YouTube video - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘The Egyptian pyramids’


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about the Bible story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife

During a dig, an archaeologist discovers an ancient remote control. When he presses it, the pyramid rises out of the ground, and a staircase appears. Excitedly he climbs the stairs and enters the pyramid. In the meantime his camel starts to chew on the remote control, which causes everything to go wrong. Eventually the archaeologist is shot back out of the pyramid.
How does this film go with today’s story?

The Egyptian Piramids Use this secular YouTube video to talk about the Bible story of Joseph and the wife of Potiphar

So what makes this film suitable for a discussion on the story of Joseph?

This funny video shows what happens to Joseph. Joseph arrives in Egypt. He becomes the number one slave, and everything seems to be going well. But just as the archaeologist is ‘betrayed’ by his camel, Joseph is betrayed by Potifar’s wife. The archaeologist gets shot out of the pyramid; Joseph gets pulled deeper and deeper into the dungeons. Joseph discovers that in his life someone else has got hold of the remote control, and that he absolutely can’t get a grip on what’s happening in his life.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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Storytelling tips - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘Five great tips’


Use these five easy storytelling tips to tell the Bible story of Joseph and the wife of Potiphar

five storytelling tips for the Bible story of Joseph and potiphars wife

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Icebreaker - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘Number one?!’


Use this Icebreaker to teach about Joseph being in Egypt

Joseph is number 1 for everybody in the story. In what are the children number 1?

Number 1 an Icebreaker about the Bible story of Joseph

What do you need:

- a picture of a ‘Ist’ rosette.

What to do:

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Object lesson - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘The layers of an onion’


Use this children's moment to teach about Joseph losing his coat not only when his brothers sell him as a slave, but also with Potiphar's wife. 

You could use this for a children’s moment in the church service, or as an introduction to your children’s programme.

A fun introduction to the Bible story for all ages, that is also a real tearjerker! :-)

The layers of an onion a childrens moment in church about the Bible story of Joseph and the wife of potiphar

What do you need:

- an onion
- a knife
- a rubbish bin

What to do:

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Complete Sunday School lesson - Joseph 2: ‘Joseph thrown into the well’


Download the PFD booklet with eleven great ideas on the Bible story of Joseph

Are you looking for a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Joseph's jealous brothers who grab Joseph, rip off his beautiful coat and throw him into the pit in Genesis 37: 12 - 36?Joseph thrown into the pit a complete Sunday school lesson with 11 creative ideas

We offer you the following eleven creative ideas for your Sunday school lesson.

We understand that these eleven ideas are way too many to fit into just one Sunday school lesson, but we want to give you the opportunity to pick and mix, so that you can choose the ideas that fit with you and with your group of children.

Here are the following eleven ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:

*  Keep the balloon up - an introductory activity
*  Throw it away! - a children's moment
*  The lying brothers - an icebreaker
*  How do I tell the story of Joseph in the pit? - three storytelling tips
*  The Unlucky Bait - YouTube video and discussion
*  Colours that run together - a fun science experiment
*  What are you worth? - a creative activity
*  The case against Ruben - a creative activity
*  Who are the bad brothers? - a Bible game
*  Throw it into the pit! - a Bible game
*  A cry from the pit - a creative prayer idea

Download the PDF booklet with all these ideas

We have created an illustrated PDF booklet containing these eleven creative ideas. Using this PDF booklet you can print all these ideas at home at your leisure.

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Prayer idea - Joseph in the well: ‘A cry from the pit’


Use this creative prayer idea to teach about the Bible story of Joseph in the pit

Joseph was in the pit – but he was also in the pits…….life was really hard and there seemed to be no way out. What do you think he might have said to God in the pit?

What do you say to God when life is hard and there seems to be no way out?

A cry from the pit a creative prayer idea about Joseph in the pit Sunday school object lesson Bible lesson kids church kids ministry youth work


What do you need:

- worksheets that you can download here: worksheet-clouds.pdf
- rubbish bin
- felt pens

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Game - Joseph in the well: ‘Throw it into the pit!’


Use this fun Bible game to teach about the Bible story of Joseph in the pit

The brothers take hold of Joseph and throw him into the pit. In this game we’re going to try to do the same with a towel and a ball. Is it going to work?

Throw it into the pit a fun Bible game about Joseph in the pit Sunday school lesson kids ministry children church kids church youth work

What do you need:

- two rubbish bins
- two towels
- two balls
- tape

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Game - Joseph in the well: ‘Who are the bad brothers?’


Use this fun Bible game to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph hadn’t expected his brothers to betray him. Which of his brothers were bad - or were they all bad?

Who are the bad brothers a fun Bible game for Sunday school or kids church about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat


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Object lesson - Joseph in the well: ‘The case against Ruben’


Use this creative activity to think about Ruben's role in the Bible story of Joseph 

Which role does Ruben play in this story? Is he guilty or innocent? In a court case the children are going to look for the answer.

The case against Ruben a creative activity for Sunday school or kids church about the Bible story of Jospeh and his coat of many colours

Tell the children about Ruben – he was Joseph’s oldest brother. When he hears that his other brothers want to kill Joseph, he suggests that they throw Joseph in the pit, so that he can rescue him later and bring him back to their father.

Ruben isn’t there when his brothers sell Joseph, and when he hears this he is so sad that he tears his clothes. Together with his other brothers he smears Joseph’s coat with goat’s blood and tells his father Jacob that Joseph is dead.

Today we’re going to hold a court case. In a court case you have judges, a prosecutor and and someone who defends the accused person. The question is – is Ruben guilty or not?

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Object lesson - Joseph in the well: ‘What are you worth?’


Use this creative activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph was sold for twenty pieces of silver. Many hundreds of years later Jezus was sold out for thirty pieces of silver. But are we worth more than that money?

 

What are you worth a creative activity for Sunday school or kids church about the Bible story of Jospeh and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a piece of soap, a nail, a bottle of water, a box of matches, a few pencils, a kilo of sugar and a salt shaker.

What do you do:

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Experiment - Joseph in the well: ‘Colours that run together’


Use this science experiment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What used to be a beautiful multi-coloured coat became a ragged dirty coat smeared with goats blood. What used to be so beautiful has all been messed up.

Colours that run together a fun science experiment for Sunday school or kids church about the Bible story of Jospeh and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- paper coffee filters
- scissors
- pens
- cups
- water

What do you do:

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YouTube video - Joseph in the well: ‘The unlucky bait’


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about hope / disappointment and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Joseph in the pit

In this short film a worm discovers that he is trapped in a bait box belonging to a fisherman. He escapes, and even manages to escape off the boat. As he finally lands ‘safely’on the jetty he is scooped up by a gull.

Unlucky Bait Use this secular YouTube video to talk about the Bible story of Joseph in the pit

So what makes this film suitable for a discussion on the story of Joseph?

This short animation shows basically what happens to Joseph. Joseph is in the pit. Perhaps he thinks that it’s a joke and that his brothers will come back later to get him out. When he is taken up out of the pit, he possibly thinks that he is safe now. But nothing could be less true. Slave merchants take him off to Egypt.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps:

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Storytelling tips - Joseph in the well: ‘Three great tips’


Use these three storytelling tips to tell the Bible story of Joseph in the pit and him being sold as a slave

Three storytelling tips for the Bible story of Joseph in the pit

Three tips:

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Icebreaker - Joseph in the well: ‘The lying brothers’


Use this Icebreaker to teach about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and him being sold as a slave.

Joseph’s brothers don’t think it’s fair – Joseph gets all the love and attention from their father, and even beautiful presents! And what do they get? As far as they are concerned – absolutely nothing! They are jealous.

The Lying Brothers a fun Bible game about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and being sold as a slave to Egypt

What do you need:

- two balloons, blown up

What to do:

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Object lesson - Joseph in the well: ‘Throw it away’


Use this children's moment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and him being sold as a slave.

You could use this for a children’s moment in the church service, or as an introduction to your children’s programme.

A fun introduction to the Bible story for all ages.

Throw it away a childrens moment in church about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and being sold as a slave to Egypt

What do you need:

- a rubbish bin
- things that can be thrown away – a tissue, plastic cup, paper, broken pen etc
- cuddly toys or puppets

What to do:

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