Object lesson - Joseph forgives his brothers: ‘Bitter or better?’


Use this creative activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph reconciling with his brothers

Joseph has been through so much suffering that he could easily have become bitter. A fun creative activity about the Bible story of Joseph being reconciled with his brothers in Egypt.

Bitter or Better a creative activity about the Bible story of Joseph being reconciled with his brothers. To be used in Sunday school lesson kids church kids ministry childrens ministriy Bible lesson

What do you need:

- worksheet
- grapefruit
- (toy) diamond
- pearl – not a real one!
- 4 large envelopes with a picture of a key on each one.
- 4 sheets of paper, each with one of the following phrases:
- ‘Generous’
- ‘Don’t take revenge’
- ‘Be loving’
- ‘See God’

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Experiment - Joseph forgives his brothers: ‘The heart of ice’


Use this science experiment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph reconciling with his brothers

With a frozen heart, Juda and his eight brothers throw Joseph into the pit. Twenty years later you might expect that Joseph’s heart has become frozen. Thankfully that isn’t the case. Juda’s frozen heart is even starting to melt, as he offers to save Benjamin.

Heart of ice fun science experiment object lesson about Bible story of Joseph brothers Egypt for Sunday school lesson youth work kids church kids ministry

What do you need:

- a silicone cake tin in the shape of a heart
- a bucket or large saucepan
- chicken wire
- string
- glasses
- salt

What do you do:

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YouTube video - Joseph forgives his brothers: ‘Buggy’ - FREE


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

A ladybird dreams of being a bee and collecting pollen. But when he does meet a bee, it takes his toy away and stamps on it. Then the bee flies away. As he flies away he loses all his pollen and flies into a plant. The ladybird comes to help him, and they end up becoming good friends. The ladybird rides on the back of the bee, and together they collect lots of pollen. This works so well that all the other bees end up collecting pollen with a ladybird on their backs.

Buggy use this Youtube video to talk about Bible story Joseph in Sunday school lesson kids church kids ministry youtk work


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

Just like the ladybird, Joseph had a dream. He dreamt that everyone would bow down to him one day. His brothers were like the bee – to start with they ignored him and treated him very badly. It seemed that there was no chance that his dream would come true.

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:

Step 1 – This is what I really want to achieve… (5 minutes)

What do you need:
- a soft foam ball
- basket or rubbish bin

What do you do:
One of the leaders holds the basket or bin high above his or her head. The children can then take it in turns to try and throw the ball into the basket while answering the following question – “This is what I really want to achieve…”

Tell the children – it’s good to have dreams, and to try to achieve things – for example winning at football or learning to swim, or playing a lovely piece of music.
Sometimes we have to work really hard to reach our goals, and keep on trying until we succeed.

Step 2: Watch the video ‘Buggy’ together (5 minutes)



Step 3: Joseph’s four keys

What do you need:
- four large envelopes, each with a picture of a key on them
- four sheets of paper with the following words:
1 - ‘giving’
2 - ‘don’t take revenge’
3 - ‘show love’
4 - ‘see God’

What do you do:

Tell the children:  "This ladybird is a bit like Joseph. Just like the ladybird, Joseph had a dream. He dreamt that everyone would bow down to him one day. His brothers were like the bee – to start with they ignored him and treated him very badly. It seemed that there was no chance that his dream would come true – was there?"

Joseph discovered four keys to life that really helped him not to become bitter, but to touch his brothers’ hearts. Keys that eventually turned the situation completely around, and resulted in his whole family being reunited.

Let’s look at the four keys:

Show the children the four envelopes – open them one by one and talk with the children about the ‘key’ inside:

‘Generous’ – Joseph has a generous attitude towards his brothers – he gives them clothes, money, wagons, fertile land in Egypt, food.
* - Question for the children: how hard or easy do you find it to be generous to others?

‘Don’t take revenge’ – Joseph could have made life very difficult for his brothers because of his position of power. But he doesn’t take revenge.
* - Question for the children: have you ever taken revenge on someone?

‘Show love’ – Joseph chooses to love his brothers, not hate them.
* - Question for the children: How do you show love in your life?

‘See God’ – Joseph chooses to see God’s hand in all that has happened to him, and to be thankful for what God has done.
* - Question for the children: How was Joseph able to see God’s hand in his life, even during the hard times?

 

Icebreaker - Joseph forgives his brothers: ‘Who’s got the cup?’


An icebreaker about the Bible story where Joseph makes himself known to his brothers

Joseph tests his brothers by hiding the silver goblet in Benjamin’s sack. How do the brothers react?

Who has got the cup fun icebreaker where Joseph makes himself known to his brothers. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- a (silver) cup or goblet
- music

What do you do:

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Object lesson - Joseph forgives his brothers: ‘A turning windmill’


A short introduction to the Bible story where Joseph makes himself known to his brothers

A Turning Windmill Use this fun childrens moment where Joseph makes himself known to his brothers. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or

What do you need:

- a children’s windmill

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Sunday School lesson - OT - Joseph 5: ‘Joseph meets his brothers in Egypt’


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

Are you looking for a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt in Genesis 42 - 43?

Joseph meets his brothers in Egypt a complete Sunday school lesson with 10 creative ideasWe offer you the following ten creative ideas for your Sunday school lesson.

We understand that these ten 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 ten ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:

*  Do you recognize that? - a children's moment
*  Hey, I recognize your shoe! - an icebreaker
*  How do I tell the this Bible story? - four storytelling tips
*  Caminandes 1 - YouTube video and discussion
*  Is it a duck of a rabbit? - a science experiment
*  The brothers are left in the dark - a creative activity
*  Touched to the heart - a creative activity
*  That takes the biscuit! - a creative activity
*  I’m hungry - a Bible game
*  Praying with rice - a creative prayer idea

Download the PDF booklet with all these ideas

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

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Prayer idea - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘Praying with rice’


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

In this idea we focus on refugees who are needing food.

Praying with rice a creative prayer idea on Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church 1

What do you need:

- small bags of rice – one for each child
- a saucepan of water

What do you do:

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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

What do you do:

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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

What do you do:

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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

What do you do:

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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

What do you do:

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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?

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

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