We are so excited for November, because we get to teach our preschoolers the important bottom line that God has a plan for me and the memory verse, “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever,” Psalm 33:11 (NIV).
We are teaching this concept through the story of Joseph! He endured some really challenging events during his life, but trusted that God had a plan for all of the hard things to lead to something good. And in the end, God used Joseph to save lots of people! Just like the pieces of a puzzle, all of the tough events fit together to make a beautiful, purposeful whole. Sunday mornings in Antioch Kids during November will include lots of puzzle activities to reinforce the idea that “it all fits together”—in puzzles and in God’s plan!
- Joseph’s Special Coat • Genesis 37:1-4; Genesis 1:26-27 | God made me special. The way Jacob gave a special coat to his son Joseph illustrates how unique and valuable each person is to God. Joseph’s eleven brothers were jealous, but God had an unique plan for Joseph involving that coat.
- Joseph Goes to Egypt • Genesis 37; Jeremiah 1:5 | God has a plan for me. It was really scary when Joseph’s brothers stole his coat, pushed him into a pit, and then sold him as a slave. But God had a plan for Joseph even while things seemed hopeless.
- Joseph in Jail • Genesis 39–40; Proverbs 4:11-12 | I can trust God’s plan even when it’s hard. Joseph was unfairly put in jail, but he trusted God and was kind and helpful to his fellow prisoners. Part of God’s plan was for Joseph to interpret other prisoners’ dreams.
- Joseph Saves the Grain • Genesis 41; Ephesians 2:10 | I am part of God’s plan. God helped Joseph interpret Pharaoh’s confusing dreams, and they were able to prepare so the people could have enough food during a famine. Even though a lot of bad things happened to Joseph, it was all part of God’s plan to use him to provide for the people.
- Joseph Forgives • Genesis 42–45; Psalm 16:11 | God’s plan is always best. Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to get food during the famine, and they found out Joseph was in charge. Joseph forgave them for the mean things they had done to him. He knew it was all part of God’s plan to provide for people during the famine, and ultimately to show them all that He was the true God!
This video, “The Forgiving Prince,” from the Jesus Storybook Bible, tells Joseph’s story and explains how that story points forward to Jesus, the ultimate forgiving Prince. We love this story! We can’t wait to teach kids that God has a plan to use us in His good work!