Lesson: Abram and Sarai

September 1, 2010

taught to 13 kids on 11 September 2010

Abram and family leave Ur (click image for source)

Topics: (1.) God promises salvation through Abram’s offspring; (2.) Abram, Sarai, and Lot travel to Canaan

Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-9; Galatians 3:8-9; Hebrews 11:8-12

Memory verse: “The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.” (Psalm 145:13b)

Songs: Jamie Soles’ “Abram”; Apostles’ Creed; will begin introducing psalms/hymns later this month


  • Setup: arrange tables, chairs, flip chart, larger map of Abram’s journeys, CD player;
  • (10:00am) Activity during introductions: (1.) Kids make their name cards on folded cardboard using stickers and felts; (2.) kids write info cards with their name, adult/guardian name, phone number, email address, siblings, pets, favorite food, and favorite color;
  • Coloring: Matthew 6 prayer; also, hand out the “Abram travels to a new home” from Shirley Dobson’s coloring book;
  • Review the ‘rules’ poster — respect for property (tables, floor, chairs), other people’s stuff, and for our janitor’s work.
  • Praying: Matthew 6 together with the kids;
  • introduction game/activity (TBD — see “activity ideas” at the end of this article);
  • Hand out mini photo books and get each child to write their name on the label — these are for collecting psalms, hymns, maps, and memory verses — the first 4×6 prints included today are: Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6, “Apostles’ Creed,” first verse of Jamie Soles’ “Abram” song, and a map of the area Abram, Sarai, and Lot traveled;
  • Singing: we have permission from Jamie Soles to print and hand out the lyrics to this song (i will bring the CD — “the way my story goes”):

    click for full size -- full lyrics and music available at solmusic.ca

    This song about Abram goes beyond today’s lesson; however, we will be studying more about Abram soon.

  • (11:00 am) SNACK/BREAK — Because of introductory activities, the lesson will be after break today;
    • Kids play relay races to get all their wiggles out;
    • Make sure nobody is thirsty so the second half isn’t interrupted;
  • (11:20 am) Lesson — today’s lesson is a bit shorter than usual;
    • Mr. Paul: 12:1-3 with immediate application to the birth of our Lord;
      * More than 4000 years ago, a boy name Abram was born in the land we call Iraq today. [Show Ur to the kids on their maps.] * Abram married a woman named Sarai [sar’ – ā – ī] and they lived in a place called “Haran,” which is still called [“Harran”] today in the country of Turkey. * Abram and his wife Sarai owned a lot of animals, tents, gold, and clothing, but they did not have any children. * When Abram was 75 years old, God made a promise to him. God told Abram to leave his country and his relatives, and God promised to give Abram children and grandchildren. God said, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s  household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation.” * Not only did God bless Abram’s family, but He also promised that all the families in the world would be blessed. He said to Abram, “… all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” * Have you heard about a baby boy who was born in Bethlehem? Who was born in Bethlehem? God’s promise to Abram so long ago was about this baby Jesus coming into this world so that all families on earth would be blessed. * Mary, the mother of Jesus, remembered that God had spoken to [Abraham]. (Luke 2:54-55) * An angel told Joseph, the father of Jesus, that Jesus “will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) * Jesus was born two-thousand years after God made this promise to Abram. God always keeps His promises. * Our memory verse says, “The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.” We will work more on memorizing that next week.
    • Mrs. Colleen: 12:4-9 with references to map; [in point form so you can use your natural voice]
      * Abram obeyed God. God told him to leave his country, and so Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew named Lot, everything they owned, and all the people who worked for them. * The land that God showed Abram was called Canaan. * Canaan is in the area that is called Israel today. * Canaan is where Bethlehem is, where our Lord Jesus was born. * Abram, Sarai, Lot, and all of their helpers, their animals, and their stuff — even the tents they lived in — traveled about 750 kilometers and arrived in the land of Canaan. This is like walking from here to Calgary using animals to move everything you own. * What animal(s) do you think might have helped them carry things? (Camels, Donkeys?) What other animals might they have had? (Cows, Sheep, Goats?) * This was a very big move for Abram and Sarai to a place they had never seen. Abram trusted God about this. * Once in Canaan land, they stopped at an oak tree. They saw that other people lived in that area. God told Abram that He would give this land to Abram and his children and grandchildren. * Abram and Sarai still did not have a baby. * Because God promised this land to them, Abram built an altar by the oak tree. * This type of altar was probably made by stacking rocks. * After that, Abram, Sarai, and Lot moved to some hills near a place called Bethel. Bethel is not the same as Bethlehem, although they are not far from each other. [25 km] * Abram built an altar in Bethel and prayed to God. *
    • Mrs. Colleen: (summarize) God promised Abram three things: (1.) that He would give Canaan land to Abram (12:1,7), (2.) that He would give Abram a large family, and (3.) that “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Abram moved — he left his country — just as God had told him to do. The letter to the Hebrews in the Bible says, that Abram “obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”

      Click for full size (you have permission to print this map)

  • craft/activity [TBD — see below];
  • Review questions: Not this week!
  • Singing: Apostle’s Creed;
  • Praying: Mr. Paul;
  • (12:00 pm) Hand out homework (pages 6-7 of “God Calls Abram” from christianlyrics.org); they may take home their completed in-class coloring and crafts; we will look after the name-cards and photo-songbooks in our box.

Activity Ideas:

  • game: toilet paper roll-up: (i based this on the description at ministry-to-children.com.) Divide the kids into two groups for a race. Each team should form a line, and the kid at the front is holding a toilet roll. When the adults say “go,” the kids need to pass the roll back, each child winding himself once in the toilet paper. The child at the end of the line should wind it around himself and pass it forward again. The winner is the first team to wrap through all its members 3 times, or to first use up the roll.
  • game: “Create Your Own Cartoon: Distribute Post-Its, construction paper, and markers.   Have children re-tell the Bible lesson using cartoons.  Have each Post-It be a different frame, telling a portion of the story.  Once frames are completed, have the students stick them on the construction paper.  If time still remains, have them share their cartoon Bible stories with the class.” (From ministry-to-children.com.)
  • game (in or outdoors): Variants of freeze tag: HERE.
  • craft: create Bible characters by gluing together wooden pegs and Styrofoam balls and painting them. (I have supplies for this.)
  • craft: play-do
  • craft: use invisible thread to string beads into pictures — i have beads and thread
  • craft: lots here
  • craft: “wax creations” from the busy book (see other post)
  • craft: mosaic or collage using paper/magazines we recycle
  • outdoor: “ring toss” from the busy book

Next week: hand out print of the memory verse (Psalm 145:13b)


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