This workshop leader’s Bible study is a historical, theological, and contextual introduction to the Daniel and the Lions’ Den rotation of Kirk of Kildaire’s Faith Quest workshop rotation program. It is intended to provide workshop leaders with:
· A historical context for understanding the Bible story.
· A Biblical context for reading and teaching the story.
· The theological basis for the concepts to be taught to the children.
In Kirk of Kildaire’s Faith Quest program, workshop leaders attend a one-hour Bible study two weeks prior to the start of a new rotation. This Bible study helps workshop leaders understand how the concepts to be taught to the children are derived from the Bible story and how the lessons in the rotation fit together to reinforce the concepts. It also provides an opportunity for the workshop leaders to grow in their own faith and understanding of the Bible.
It will be helpful to have a chalkboard, whiteboard, or flip chart for writing down questions or observations during the Bible study.
Note: This is not a comprehensive study of the text, but only a few notes to help provide context and background for workshop leaders. Consult titles cited in the reference list at the end of these notes for more information.
"Don't ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (CEV)
¨ God is with us in good and bad times.
¨ God listens to us when we pray.
¨ Like Daniel, God wants us to pray regularly.
¨ Like Daniel, we should trust God even when it is hard.
· If workshop leaders do not know each other, give them an opportunity to introduce each other and say which workshop they will be leading.
· Begin the Bible study by praying for God’s guidance as teachers begin a new rotation.
Ask a workshop leader to read the text aloud. Ask the workshop leaders what questions came to mind as they heard the story or read it before the Bible study. Write down any questions that arise and will need to be answered during the Bible study.
Ask each workshop leader to summarize his or her workshop. As they do so, point out the concepts that each lesson reinforces. Ask workshop leaders if they have any questions about the logistics or practical application of their lesson.
¨ In Holywood, view Veggie Tales “Daniel and the Lions Den” and learn about the 4 elements in prayer and the acronym ACTS.
¨ See how well you know the story of Daniel when you play a game using the Big Wheel in Antioch Arcade.
¨ Create a paper mosaic from the story in Creation Station.
¨ In Praising Puppets use modern day skits to learn about trusting in God even when you are faced with difficult decisions.
¨ Act out the story of Daniel in Apostle’s Playhouse.
Return to the questions that were gathered at the start of the hour. Have they been answered? Are there any further questions about the Bible story or about the lessons?
Close the Bible study with a prayer.