Alphabet Series of Lessons Letter “D” DARKNESS

Props If available, display a globe. You may also want to display some maps of the world. Use any objects that are round to introduce the lesson in comparison to the world God made. Bring a dark cloth that cannot be seen through. Turn down the lights or put them out, and use electric candles if possible for the effect of darkness.

Prayer God, we thank you for darkness, Where we can go to sleep, We know that you are with us, And will watch us through the night. Amen.

Snack Chocolate ice cream or chocolate pudding topped with crushed Oreo cookies.

Art Have the children make letter “D” using black construction paper. Paste the letter to white cardstock. Allow them to add white or gold stickers on the black letter.

Write their memory verse on the white cardstock or use white crayon to write it on the black letter.

Music (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It) Letter D, letter D, letter D (clap, clap) Letter D, letter D, letter D (clap, clap) God created the darkness for us to sleep each night. Letter D, letter D, letter D (clap, clap)

Additional Songs: My Heart Was Black as Sin, or Nothing But the Blood

Bible Memory Verse God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Genesis 1:5 (NIV) Do not allow them to see the memory verse until after the game below.

Message Many thousands of years ago, God created the heavens and the earth. There was nothing on the earth – no people, no trees, plants, flowers, or birds, cats, or dogs and there was no light or darkness. It was just one huge mass of solid earth. God decided to begin creation. He made darkness and light. He created the moon to rule the darkness, and the sun to rule the day.

Darkness can bring gloom, and shadows in the night. Sometimes, people are afraid of the darkness because it seems threatening and frightening. God provided the darkness to give us a time to sleep and rest from our day of work. When we have darkness here in the United States, it allows another country to have daytime. God will take care of us in the darkness just as He will in the daytime. We do not have to fear the darkness because God made it, and He will never leave us or forsake us. We are not alone. Whenever you feel afraid of the darkness, pray and remember that God created it on the first day of creation. He knows what is best for us – all the time. We can trust him to watch over us.

Application Some people do not have good eyesight like you and I do; they are blind. They live in a dark world all the time. Blind people learn to read using Braille, and some use a special dog for walking. Some have never known anything but darkness their whole life. We can be thankful for the light that God gave to us. We are going to try an experiment using this dark cloth. Those who are willing may take a turn walking around the room, while someone leads you so you do not hurt yourself. You can experience just a little what it is like to be blind in the darkness all the time.

Discussion Questions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What do you think it would be like to live in darkness all the time? How does the sun rule the day, and the moon the night? What do your fear about the darkness? Why do people do bad things in the darkness? How does God take care of us?

Guessing the Letter Game Write a small line for each letter of words in the memory verse. Have the kids guess a letter. If they guess a letter that is in the verse, place all of those letters on the provided empty lines. Do this until all lines have been filled with letters. Have the kids say the verse together several times. © 2009 Jeanne McIntosh. All rights reserved.

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