Large Group Time
I love the book from Kelly Pulley about Jonah, called Food for a Fish: The Whopping Story of Jonah and the Whale, so I’m planning on using that during my large group presentation.
I’ll also probably use this video (below) to recap the story from the kids.
Small Group Time
Hide and Seek with Jonah
Jonah tries to run away from God and hide from Him. Of course, we know that nothing can be hidden from God. Play a game of hide and seek with the kids, either assigning one child to be “Jonah” or using a small figure to represent Jonah (if you’re in a small space). Have one child hide the figure while the rest close their eyes and see who can find “Jonah” first. Remind the kids that we cannot hide anything from God.
Rock the Fish (Tune of Row Your Boat)
This is a fun little tune the youngest kids in your group (preschool) might enjoy (from ABC Jesus Loves Me).
Rock, rock, rock the fish
Jonah is inside
He tried to run from God
But God won’t leave his side.
Game: What Did the Big Fish Eat?
The big fish has swallowed many things including Jonah. Your children answer questions and then reach into the fishes mouth and pull out a piece of paper with a picture of something the fish has swallowed. They will be amazed and entertained by all the different things he has eaten. The child who pulls out the picture of Jonah wins. Find templates and instructions at Danielle’s Place.
More on the Schedule for East Lake Road Alliance:
- May 27th: Review Night
- May 30th (Sat): Team Meeting, 9AM
- June 3rd: Begin Summer Fun!
- June 17th: Kids Sunday Practice
- June 21st: KIDS SUNDAY! (Also Father’s Day)