Joseph's Coat and Dreams
What was Joseph like? He is one of the best-known characters of the Bible, but in this story it's clear that he wasn't liked by his brothers. Sibling rivalry is a good topic for discussion here!
Most children will have learnt about the pyramids of Egypt at school. It's helpful to put Joseph in context - living at that time in history. The minecrafters will enjoy creating a pyramid in this session.
Joseph in Prison
Lies, deceit, wrongful imprisonment, prophetic dreams - all these themes are visited in this session. An 'adult' story which requires careful wording and sensitivity when explaining!
Joseph is promoted from prison to palace and finally gets to use his prophetic gifting to help the Pharaoh understand his dreams. Egypt is saved from famine and God's purpose is becoming clearer.
Brothers go to Egypt
The brothers benefit from Joseph's wisdom in this part of the story, and are saved from starving. Joseph takes his time to reveal who he really is.
Forgiveness enables the family to reunite, and the stage is set for the settlement of God's chosen people in Egypt. It will be 400 years later that God uses Moses to return them to the land of Canaan.