The story can be condensed as follows:
When God created everything, God said, "It is very good."
But people began to do bad things.
God decided to send a great flood of water to wash everything clean and make it new again.
The God saw a good family. The father was Noah. Noah came so close to God, and God came so close to Noah , that Noah knew what God wanted him to do. God wanted Noah to build a big boat called an ark.
As Noah and his family built the ark, animals came from all four corners of the earth. They came two by two to fill the ark.
Then it began to rain. Water came down from the heavens and up from the earth. It rained and rained...and soon the water covered everything.
But God did not forget the creatures of the ark. After forty days and forty nights the rain stopped. God sent a great wind to dry up the water.
Finally the ark came to rest upon the earth. The creatures began to come out of the ark. Noah and his family were so happy to be home again that they made an altar and gave thanks to God.
Suddenly, they saw a great bow in the sky, a bow of many colors. You can still see it today when there is rain and the sun is shining. We call it a rainbow. This rainbow was God's sign to say that God will never send such a flood again.
The creatures then went out into all the four corners of the earth and filled it up again with life.
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 what part of this story you like best?
- I wonder what part is the most important?
- I wonder where you are in the story? What part of the story is about 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.
You can view a video presentation of this lesson here.
Next week, we will revisit the Great Family story about Abraham.