Building the Ark:
Many years ago there lived a good man called Noah, but everyone else
in the world was very wicked. When God saw the way the people
behaved, He was very sad and angry.
And so God spoke to Noah and told him that He was going to send a great
flood to destroy all the wicked people on the earth. Noah was to
build an ark which was like a huge boat. It was to be big enough
to house his family and for every living creature!
Noah told his sons to go and cut trees down and saw them into planks.
"Is that enough, Father?" they asked. "No, we need more and more!"
exclaimed Noah. And so they had to work hard for many, many
years cutting down trees, sawing them into planks and building the ark!
At long last it was finished, and then what a job they had! They
had to fetch seven of all animals that are used for food, and two of
every other kind of living creatures, and bring them into the ark!
Loading the Ark:
There were bears and elephants, parrots, and strange insects. They
spent many days getting them into the ark, and what a noise and stink
they all made! And then you can imagine the tons of food they had
load! Finally Noah wiped his brow and told his wife, his sons
and their wives to get into the ark as well!
Noah was 600 years old when he went into ark and the rain began to fall.
That's very old isn't it? (Let the children respond).
And you know what happened? God shut the door tight so none
of those wicked people could get into the ark!
At first all the people were amazed at the water falling from the sky!
They had never seen rain before, but it rained and rained all day
and all night. And all you could hear inside the ark was the
sound of the terrible downpour. Do you think you can make the
noise the rain made? (Let the children respond
The rain continued to pour down for forty days and nights until the water
covered the land, the trees, all the people and even the mountains!
The ark floated up as the water rose and only Noah and his family
were safe. After forty days, God stopped the rain and all you
could hear was the noise of the animals and the water lapping at the
sides of the ark.
The Waters Drain Away:
Noah opened the little window at the top of the ark and peered out.
What do you think he saw? (Let the children respond
there was just water, water, water everywhere!
It was only after three months that the waters began to go down and the
ark came to rest on the Ararat Mountains. After another forty
days, Noah sent out a raven to see if there was dry land, but it just
flew around and never came back.
Next, Noah sent out a dove, but she just flew back and landed on his hand.
A week later, Noah sent the dove out again. This time she came back
carrying an olive leaf in her beak, so Noah knew that the waters were
going down. After another week, Noah sent the dove out again, but
this time she did not return to him.
Leaving the Ark:
Although Noah and his family saw dry land near them, they waited for a sign
from God. The Lord finally told them to leave the ark and make a
new home for themselves. They had been in the ark for a full year!
Joyfully Noah, his family and the animals left the ark and went out onto
dry land. God promised Noah that the rainbow we see when it rains,
will be a sign that He will never send such a terrible flood on the earth
God Blesses Noah:
God blessed Noah and told him to have many children, so that the earth
would have new tribes and nations. Noah did as the Lord commanded
him and his family grew and grew, and he lived until he was nine hundred
and fifty years old. That's very old isn't it? (Let the children
God wants to bless us as well and so He sent Jesus to to teach us about
Himself. And God wants to look after you and protect you, just
like He protected Noah and his family from the flood. When you go
to bed tonight, ask Jesus to watch over you and protect you all night