602. YouTube Video and Discussion – 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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601. How do I tell the story of Joseph in the pit? - three Storytelling 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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600. The Lying Brothers - Icebreaker


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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599. Throw it away! - Children's Moment


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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598. Keep the Balloon up - Introductory Activity


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

Today we’re going to hear the story of Joseph, whose brothers threw him into a pit, and later sold him as a slave. The brothers tell their father Jacob that Joseph had been savaged by a wild animal. This isn’t true, but this is the lie that they have to keep up. That’s pretty hard! How do they make sure that the lie doesn’t fall to the ground, and Jacob discovers the truth?

This idea is suitable for as the children are arriving, before your programme has actually started.

Keep the Balloon up 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:

- balloons

What to do:

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