Take out a Bible and sit down with your child.
Today's lesson can be condensed as follows:
This is the Holy Bible. It wasn't always a book. A long time ago it was stories people told to each other. Then the stories were written down on pieces of soft leater, then on a kind of paper made from reeds called papyrus. Finally, the printing press was invented and the Bible became a book.
Here is the "front door." (open the front cover) and here is the "back door" (open the back cover). You can go inside either way. If you go in the front door, there is a list of everything inside. (Find the Table of Contents). Look at all the book in the Bible. The Bible is like a whole library! Let's count them.
There are different kinds of books, too. Some are books of law and story: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Some are books that only tell stories: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther.
Some are books of poetry: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs.
Some are the writing of the prophets or stories about the prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
Those are all the books in the Old Testament.
In the New Testament, we have the four gospels. They come first and tell the story of Jesus four times. They are named after the storytellers: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
There is one book that tells us the history of the Early Church: Acts.
There are also letters: Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John, Jude.
And, finally, at the end of the Bible, there is a book called the Revelation to John.
See, here they are. All Godly Play stories come from the Bible.
As we close each storytelling session, we have wondering time where we can think further about the story as a group.
Some wondering questions to try at home:
- I wonder which one of the books you like best?
- I wonder which one is the most important one?
- I wonder which one is especially for you?
Remember. This is not a time to quiz children on what they may or may not recall about the lesson. Rather, it is an opportunity to be quietly present as the children share their own experience.
For a fun song about the books of the Bible, go here.
Next week, we will have a new story! We'll be learning about Jonah.