Church School Lesson for Home: Jonah and the Whale

Updated: Jan 25

Hi Friends! Here is our lesson from Sunday, January 17 in case you were not able to join us on Google Meets. You will not need any supplies for this lesson; however, children are always welcome to use their journals to write or draw throughout the lesson.

New and Goods: Take turns sharing a highlight from the previous week.

Opening Prayer:

Dear God,

Thank you for bringing us together today.

Please help us to listen to your words and keep them in our hearts.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story: Jonah 3:1-5

Jonah Goes to Nineveh

3 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

Here is a video of the story:


I wonder how Jonah felt when he was called to go to Ninevah?

• I wonder if he was surprised that the people repented or said they were sorry for doing wrong?

• I wonder how he felt when God forgave them?

• Does God forgive us when we repent?


Now for some action! I call this game, "God says" instead of "Simon says."

You can use the youtube link below for some music as you move around! In our Bible story today, God wanted Jonah to go to Nineveh. When Jonah ran the other direction, God made him turn around! We said that kind of turning around to follow God is like when a grown up has to make a U turn in the car to head the other direction. And sometimes God wants us to make U turns in our lives too! So here's how you play:

-Depending on where you are playing the game, your child can run in place or run around the house. (This game got pretty crazy in our house once we were all running! Even the dogs joined in!)

-Choose one person to be God's voice.

-Start up the music.

-Once everyone starts running, God's voice can call out either "make a U turn" or "God says make a U turn." Just like in Simon says, you should only make a U turn if God's voice says, "God says."

-If God's voice says "God says make a U turn," your child should stop and turn around in the other direction. Play until the end of the song. Most of all, just have fun!

Closing Prayer: The Lord's Prayer

Our Father

Who art in Heaven

Hallowed be thy Name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those Who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

And the power, And the glory,

Forever and ever. Amen.

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