We’re glad you joined us for Trunk or Treat this year! Here are the stories about the Bible characters that you met at our church.
We hope you’ll visit us again soon!
Noah – Genesis 6:5-9:17
A long, long time ago, the world was filled with people who didn’t love God and treated each other badly. God saw all of this, and it broke God’s heart to see so many bad things happening in the world. So God told Noah, the only good person left, to build a giant boat called an ark. When the ark was finished, Noah and his family along with two of every kind of animal got into the ark and closed the door. It began to rain….and rain….and rain. For days and days it rained until the whole world was flooded. But Noah and the animals were safe because Noah loved God. When the rain finally stopped and dry land appeared, Noah and his family left the ark and saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky. God told Noah that the earth would never flood again, and the rainbow was a reminder of that promise. God loved Noah, and God loves you too!
Moses – Exodus 13:17-14:31
Moses was chosen by God to lead God’s people, the Israelites, out of Egypt where they had been slaves for a very long time. But it wasn’t easy. The Egyptian King (called a Pharaoh) didn’t want the people to be free, and refused to let them go. So God caused ten disasters in Egypt – swarms of flies and frogs, rivers turned to blood, and the sun didn’t shine at all! Each time, Moses would bring God’s message to Pharaoh, “Let my people go.” Finally Pharaoh decided to let the Israelites go so that bad things would stop happening in Egypt. But as soon as they left, he changed his mind and sent an army to bring them back. Moses led the Israelites to the edge of the Red Sea, but then they were trapped with the water in front of them and an army behind them. What were they going to do?! But God saved them from the Egyptians by parting the waters of the Red Sea. All of the Israelites crossed over on dry ground, and God closed the waters behind them so that the Egyptian army couldn’t follow them. Moses trusted God to save the people, and we can trust God too!
David – 1 Samuel 17
When David was a boy living in Israel, an army of people called the Philistines marched to Israel and tried to take over. But instead of sending in the whole army to attack the Israelites, they sent in one HUGE man. His name was Goliath, and he was almost nine feet tall! Goliath said that if anyone could beat him, the Philistine army would leave the Israelites alone. But if they couldn’t beat him, the army would attack. Everyone in Israel was too afraid to face Goliath – except for David. even though we was only a boy, David trusted that God would help him beat the giant and save his people.
Elijah – 1 Kings 18:16-40
Elijah was a prophet, which means God spoke through him to the Israelites and told them to stop following fake gods and start listening to the one true God again. But the king was a bad man and wanted everyone to worship a fake god called Baal. So Elijah met with 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel to prove that Baal was a fake god and Elijah worshiped the one true God. Two altars were prepared with offerings – one for God, and one for the fake god Baal. But the fire on the altars was not lit, because they had decided that a real God would be able to send fire from heaven. The prophets of Baal cried out to their fake god for a long time, but no fire came to light the altar. But when Elijah prayed to God, fire immediately came down from heaven and lit the altar! Elijah trusted that God was real and powerful, and we can trust in God too.
Esther – 4:4-17 (or the book of Esther)
Esther was the Queen of Persia, but she had a secret – she wasn’t Persian, she was an Israelite. Being an Israelite in Persia was very dangerous, because there was a man named Haman who wanted to kill all of the Israelites. He was an advisor to Esther’s husband the king, and was very powerful. Haman convinced the king that the Israelites were a threat to Persia, and so the king gave Haman permission to kill them all. But when Esther heard about this, she decided to stop Haman. She went to the king – even though no one was supposed to approach the king unless the king had called for them – and told him her secret. She begged him to stop Haman and save her people, and the king did. Esther trusted that God would make her brave, and we can trust God too.