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Jonah In The Sea

Children's Ministry Magazine

Craft: Jonah in a Bottle. A creative object lesson that will help kids learn prayer, obedience, and trust. All you need is a bottle and a big fish.

Have you ever been in a hopeless situation and tried praying about it? How did God answer your prayer?

Grades 3-6

Stuff you'll need: Empty plastic 2-liter bottles with lids, water, green and blue food coloring, vegetable oil, measuring cup, plastic margarine tub lids, scissors, permanent markers, aluminum foil, small seashells, glue and tape.

Preparation: Before class, use warm water to remove labels from bottles.

Tell kids to: Fill your plastic bottle about two-thirds full of water. Add a few drops of food coloring and one-fourth cup of vegetable oil. From plastic lids, cut out fish figures and a Jonah figure that'll fit into the bottle opening. Decorate fish and Jonah using the permanent markers. *Roll pieces of aluminum foil into balls and other shapes. Place these aluminum foil shapes and seashells in the water. *Using glue and tape, secure the top so it won't open. Roll or shake the bottle on its side to make it look like a raging sea with Jonah swimming for his life.

Talk teasers: Paraphrase the story from Jonah 1:1-14. Ask: How do you think Jonah felt when he was thrown into the water? What would you have prayed if you had been Jonah? Have you ever been in a hopeless situation and tried praying about it? Explain. How did God answer your prayer?

Sheila Halasz
Crystal Lake, Illinois

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