Bible Stories can be used in conjunction with Sand Candy & Pebble Candy
The creation week narrative consists of eight divine commands executed over six days, followed by a seventh day of rest:"In the beginning of God's preparing the heavens and the earth, the earth hath existed waste and void, and darkness [is] on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God fluttering on the face of the waters, and God said, Let light be!
First day: God creates light ("Let Light be!") - the first divine command. The light is divided from the darkness, and "day" and "night" are named. Please pour yellow candy into your container to represent day light. Please pour dark blue into your container to represent night
Second day: God creates a firmament "Let a firmament be...!" - the second command - to divide the waters above from the waters below. The firmament is named "heavens". Please pour white candy into your container to represent the heavens.
Third day: God commands the waters to be gathered together in one place, and dry land to appear (the third command). "Earth" and "sea" are named. God commands the earth to bring forth grass, plants, and fruit-bearing trees (the fourth command). Please pour green candy into your container to represent this third day. Fourth day: God creates lights in the firmament (the fifth command) to separate light from darkness and to mark days, seasons and years. Two great lights are made (most likely the Sun and Moon, but not named), and the stars. Please pour yellow candy and blue candy into your container to symbolize these two great lights. Fifth day: God commands the sea to "teem with living creatures", and birds to fly across the heavens (sixth command); He creates birds and sea creatures, and commands them to be fruitful and multiply. Now pour light blue candy into your container to remember the fifth day.
Sixth day: God commands the land to bring forth living creatures (seventh command); He makes wild beasts, livestock and reptiles. He then creates Man and Woman in His image " and "likeness" (eighth command). They are told to "be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it." Humans and animals are given plants to eat. The totality of creation is described by God as "very good." Please pour pink candy into your container to remember the 6th day. Seventh day: God, having completed the heavens and the earth, rests from His work, and blesses and sanctifies the seventh day.
Please put a cap on your container and enjoy your creation candy.
The Lord’s Prayer
“Our Father who is in Heaven” Pour gold candy in your container which reminds us of heaven, where the streets are made of gold. “May your kingdom come” Pour purple candy in your container. Since Jesus is the King we use purple to stand for royalty. “And what you want be done, here on earth as it is in heaven” Pour green candy in your container. Green reminds us of earth and how we ask for “God’s will” while we are on the earth. “Give us the food we need for each day” Pour orange candy in your container. Orange stands for food and how we are thankful that God provides for us. “Forgive us for our sins” Pour dark candy in your container to represent sin. “Just as we have forgiven those who sinned against us” Pour white candy in your container. White stands for God’s forgiveness. “And do not cause us to be tempted, but save us from the Evil One” Pour red candy in your container which represents temptation. “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” Pour blue in your container reminding you of the power of God.
Noah lived in a time when most men lived for themselves. He was different because he loved God. Since God had created man, and man did not love God, God was sad. As a result of all the bad people God decided he should start over. God knew Noah was good, so He told Noah to build an ark. He also told Noah to be prepared for the rain. Noah did not know what rain was but he listened to the man he loved. Once the ark was done, God told Noah to get his family inside, along with two of every creature on earth. Noah continued to follow the wisdom of God. Soon after the ark’s doors were closed, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. A raven was sent out to fly around to look for dry ground on the 40th day. A dove was also sent. When the dove returned, Noah knew there was no dry ground. For 70 days more they stayed in the ark. Once again Noah sent the dove out. This time the dove returned with an olive leaf. Noah still knew it was not safe to leave the ark. For a last time Noah sent the dove out. Since the dove did not return, he knew it was time to leave. Noah opened the doors of the ark to find a destroyed earth. At this time, God came to Noah, and a rainbow shined in the sky. The rainbow was a symbol of this new day and a promise that the earth will never be destroyed with water again. Make a rainbow in your candy container by putting in red candy, orange candy, yellow candy, green candy, blue candy, and purple candy. Use your rainbow candy creation to remember the story of Noah’s Ark.
The Salvation Message
Pour gold candy into your container. Gold represents heaven, since the Bible tells us that in heaven, the streets are made of gold. Now pour the dark color of candy into your container. This stands for sin. Next put red candy into your container. The red represents the Blood of Jesus. The Bible says that without the giving of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin. Continue with your candy art by pouring white candy in. The white reminds us of our clean heart. By admitting your sin, and believing in Jesus Christ, you will be saved from your sins. Finish your creation with the color green. Green means growth. After you receive Christ, you learn more about Him, and you are growing in Christ. Put a cap on your candy container, and enjoy your salvation creation.
Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors
Around the age of 17, Joseph experienced jealousy and hatred from his brothers. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his sons, because he had been born to him in his old age and he made a richly ornamented robe (coat of many colors) for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him, and could not speak a kind word to him. As a result of his brothers’ hatred, it turned out that they managed to sell Joseph for 20 shekels of silver to a group of Midianite merchants. The brothers drenched Joseph’s coat in animal blood and told their father that Jacob had been devoured by a wild animal. Joseph was then sold by the Midianite merchants to Potiphar as a slave. For Joseph’s well being, Potiphar’s house was blessed by the Lord. Potiphar realized this and made Joseph overseer of his house. Unfortunately, Joseph was falsely accused of improper behavior towards Potiphar’s wife. Although Joseph was imprisoned, he was able to act as a warden in the prison, at the same time he was a prisoner. God helped Joseph by allowing him to correctly interpret a number of dreams. In the dreams there was a warning of a coming famine. By predicting this famine, Joseph was released from prison, and given a high ranking position in the Egyption Kingdom. Egypt was well prepared for the great famine because of Joseph’s prediction. When Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to buy food he decided to forgive them. Joseph realized that God had planned what had happened for a reason. Now pour many colors of candy into your container. As you are pouring the different colors, let it remind you of Joseph’s story about his coat of many colors.
Colors of the Church Year
The first season of the church is advent. The color of advent is purple. Pour purple candy into your container. Purple stands for kings and royalty. Since Jesus is the King of all, we use purple to welcome Christ. The next season is Christmas. For this season we use the color white. Pour white candy into your container. We use white to stand for joy and hope at this time where we celebrate that Christ loves us. Epiphany is the next season. We use green to remind us of Epiphany. Pour green candy into your container to represent growth and life. The next season is Lent. Lent is when we begin to think about Jesus and the sorrow and sadness that he was about to go through. The color for lent is purple. Pour purple candy into your tube. This time purple stands for sorrow and prayer. Now pour white candy in your container to represent joy. This season is Easter and we are joyful that Jesus came back to life. Pentecost is the next season. Pentecost is when Peter was preaching and the Holy Spirit came down to the people. The color of Pentecost is red. Pour red candy into your container. Red stands for the power and “fire” of the Holy Spirit. The last season is ordinary time. Some churches call this “Season after Pentecost.” This means that we learn about the other stories about Jesus during this time and we grow in Christ. Pour green candy into your container to represent growing in Christ. This season lasts until Christ the King Sunday, the week before advent begins. Put your cap on your container. Now your candy creation can remind you of the different parts of the life of Jesus. You can even teach someone else about the church year. But if the colors get mixed up, that’s fine too. When we are Christians and we love Christ, every single bit of his life is important to us, no matter what order we hear the stories.
Story of the Two Builders
Today, we are going to learn a story about two builders. The two builders’ analogy was used by Jesus to conclude The Sermon on the Mount. This story teaches that Jesus’ words are extremely powerful only when they are acted upon. To illustrate this lesson, we will fill two tubes up with candy. One builder decided to build his house upon sand. To remind us of this builder, please fill up a tube with the candy which looks like sand. You can fill it with one color, or can alternate with other colors. Please put a cap on the tube when you get to the top.The other built his house upon rock. We will fill the other tube with the candy which looks like rock to portray this builder. You may also pick one color, or alternate with different colors. Please also put a cap on the tube when you get to the top.Now with both tubes filled we have a visual to remind us of each builder.The tube with the sand like candy reminds us of the foolish man who built his house upon the sand. Since sand moves from place to place, it is not a good foundation for a house. Thus, when a storm hits, the house will be destroyed.Now the tube with the rock like candy reminds us of the wise man who built his house upon a rock. Rock can not be moved and is a permanent foundation. It will protect the house in case of a storm.Both the wise and the foolish man heard the words of Jesus. The difference between the two builders is that the wise man heard and acted upon the words of Jesus. The wise man who built his house upon the rock teaches us to build are lives on the words of Jesus Christ.