The Godly Play version of the Lesson. I love the intro about the desert. NOTE: There is no sand in the Negev. There are lots of rocks and the wind wipe up dust and small pebbles and that pelts you. I prefer to let the Bible do all the story telling in the main part, however.
Barnabas in Church version. Using household items to make the story parts. Note – the items can sometimes distract from the story. When I do this, I always told the boys I was going to use their Legos, action figures, etc; Sometimes I would show them a picture of what I was going to construct from the Legos and ask them to make it for me showing them with my hands about the dimensions.
- Get out the paints, crayons, watercolors, magic markers and paper. Your family creates their own version of Sunday’s lesson. – Comic book style, Romantic style (i.e.: Blake’s), Emotional drawing (have one person read the story while the others draw lines on their papers showing how they are feeling as your read)
- Print out the 6 you think will cause discussion and place them daily in the car for conversation.
- Do not find coloring pages. Just like movies, the pictures in your head are better than someone else’s ideas.
- Provide perimeters – “We are going to draw for 15 minutes – set a timer.” “Today we are choosing between water color and colored pencils.”
- Overview – note the cities
- Where is the Judean Desert? In Israel and Palestine. Map of regions of Israel. Near the Dead Sea.
- Pictures of the Judean Desert View of the Desert from Massada
- Climate in the Judean Desert
- Dead Sea info
- Animals in the Judean Desert
Before Jesus- The Essenes – The compilers of the Dead Sea Scrolls
- Overview of the Temple
- Jewish notes on the Temple
- Diagram of the Temple Description to the various parts with nice illustration