The Jonah story is part of a one-year curriculum for toddlers that takes kids through six different Bible stories all about God’s love: Creation, Moses, Jonah, Christmas, Miracle, and Easter. Toddlers learn through repetition, with a program designed to be taught for two months. The video program includes sing-along worship and an animated Bible story with narration. Then, each week’s program ends with an interactive portion called See & Share time, designed to be led by an adult. We hope toddlers learn and understand how much God loves them.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and get ready to dance!
Watch the video of The Story of Jonah!
SEE AND SHARE TIME
See and Share Time is a great way for parents to extend the message each kid is learning. First you’ll need to gather some props. Take toys out one at a time and hold them up for kids to see. Read each section and do the actions. Then put away toys.
SUPPLIES: toy boat, spray bottle, toy fish, a hand mirror
• If you don’t have supplies for See and Share, then use the story picture PDFs.
• Take items out one at a time and hold them up for your child to see (or swipe through
PDFs on your phone).
• Read each section and do the actions.
1. Boat: (Let your child hold the toy boat.) God told Jonah to go to Nineveh. But instead, Jonah
got on a boat and tried to sail away from God. Can you make your boat sail away?
2. Spray bottle: God sent a big storm that rained and rained and rocked the waves. (Mist you
child with spray bottle.) Can you feel the water from the storm?
3. Fish: (Let your child hold the toy fish.) The people on the boat threw Jonah in the water. God
sent a big fish to swallow him up and save him. Can you make your fish say, “Gulp?”
4. Fold hands in prayer: (Have your child fold their hands like they’re praying.) Jonah prayed to
God and the fish spit Jonah out. Can you pretend to pray like Jonah did? Dear God, thanks for
5. Mirror: Jonah went to Nineveh. He told all the people that God loved them. And God loves
us, too! (Hold mirror up so your child can see themselves and say, “God loves child’s name.”)
ASK YOUR KID
Who does God love? God loves me.(God made me)
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Jonah 1
We are all like Jonah. His story serves as a mirror for our own stories, and his defiance points to our own disobedience. We get stuck in our own way, running towards comfort and our own satisfaction instead of leaning into what God is asking us to do. God commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh, but instead of obeying, he ran in the opposite direction. Jonah found a boat going to a city as far away as possible from Nineveh. Defiance ruled Jonah’s heart; and he fled God’s command out of fear, selfishness, and pride. In the familiarity of this story, let’s not miss what Jonah did. He deliberately disobeyed the one, true God of the universe even though it was his very job to proclaim God’s truth to wayward people. Jonah forgot that he himself was a wayward person. He wasn’t above disobedience. Turns out, Jonah’s heart was just as corrupt as the city of Nineveh. He needed God to show him mercy just as much as Nineveh needed that message of God’s mercy from Jonah. If we read this story in judgment of Jonah’s defiance, we miss the point. But Jonah’s story shows us something else, too: the closeness of God’s presence. It is both a terrifying and an incredible gift that the presence of God is inescapable. Jonah’s story shows us that we cannot run away from God. He is everywhere and he pursues us, even in our disobedience. This truth is all over the Bible and is at the core of the Gospel. Romans 5:8 says, ͞But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.͟ God’s love for us doesn’t wait for our obedience. It collides with our disobedience. Jonah was sinning – actively running away from God, and even though he didn’t want God, God never left him alone.
Have you ever felt God’s nudge to do or say something, but you chose to ignore it?
Read Romans 5:8 again. What does it mean to you in the context of your disobedience?
Does it affirm God’s love for you?
“I am the Lord God … I show great love,” Exodus 34:6.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our one-year Early Childhood curriculum takes kids through six different Bible stories all about God’s love. Toddlers learn through repetition, with a program designed to be taught for two months:
January and February – Miracle March and April – Easter May and June – Creation July and August – Moses September and October – Jonah November and December – Christmas
The video program includes sing-along worship and an animated Bible story with narration. Then, in the rooms, each week’s program ends with an interactive portion called See & Share time, designed to be led by an adult. We hope toddlers learn and understand how much God loves them!