A creative way to make the nativity story come alive for children in the classroom!
The Noah's Ark Story Manual contains the scenery, characters and lessons to teach and re-enact the story in the Jesse Box diorama.
The separate Activity Resource book provides activities and games related to the story for each student to perform.
There are 7 beautiful stories to choose from and all use the Jesse Box diorama and wooden figures to re-enact and display the story.
“The Church has seen in Noah’s ark a prefiguring of salvation by Baptism.” (C.C.C. 1219)The Church has always maintained this connection between Baptism and the flood. In the early Church converts were baptized at Easter. The season of Lent is a time for the catechumens (those preparing for Baptism) to do penance and to prepare for Baptism. The season of Lent lasts forty days and forty nights. This is the same amount of time it took for the flood to destroy all living creatures that were not in the ark. Catechumens today continue to prepare for Easter through repentance as they will be cleansed in the waters of Baptism. Through Baptism our sins are washed away and we are reborn as children of God.Noah Session
Session 1: Noah builds the Ark
Noah and womanNoah was saved from the flood because he walked with God. Therefore he listened to God’s command to build an ark and to enter it. Those who did not walk with God were lost in the flood. The waters of the flood destroyed every living creature on the earth except for Noah and his family. As the flood waters washed over the earth it was renewed. In Jesus Christ we too can be renewed through the waters of Baptism. Through Baptism we will learn to walk with God and be saved.
Session 2: Noah enters the Ark
Noah and people at ARKThe action of God was to save mankind from sin that had entered through the disobedience of Adam and Eve. God used the waters of the flood and the ark to save Noah and his family and through them to save mankind. The water of the flood can be a metaphor for events in our life that are difficult and cause suffering, but God uses them to bring us closer to him. God is the only one who can draw life out of death. Through Jesus Christ we are able to turn away from sin and return to God and be with him forever in Heaven.
Session 3: The Flood and Subsidence
As in the time of Noah, many in our society today are going further away from God, concerning themselves only with pleasures that are self-indulging and temporary. God calls all to conversion and to be renewed through the waters of Baptism. God also calls those who have already been baptised to repent when they fall. Through the sacramental life of the Church, the baptised receive the graces to resist temptation, to turn back to Christ when we have failed and to renew our life in Christ.
Session 4: Dry land and the Promise
Noah (Opt25)The only people who listened to Noah were his family. Through Noah and these seven people God renewed the face of the earth. The number seven in scripture is an important number and can symbolize the completeness of God. This number can be seen all through the passage reading of Noah. The Fathers of the Church say, “Noah, having been found faithful, preached, by his ministry, regeneration unto the world, and by him God preserved the animals that entered with one consent into the ark.” (The first epistle of Clement to the Corinthians 9:4 )
Paul is married to Sheila they have six children and a lot of Godchildren. For Paul and Sheila passing faith to their children has been their first priority. This can be seen in their children and the warm and welcoming atmosphere of their home, where there is always time for the visitor and a helping hand if needed. The Bible stories that Paul's father told him as a child stay with him to this day and inspired the Jesse Box project. Paul loves hiking and has cycled his bike thousands of miles. His background is in fine art papers and the invitation printing business. Paul has a great eye for detail and communications. He looks after the business side of the Jesse Box.
Sebastian is married to Sinead and they have two children, the apples of his eye. He studied history and education in college in his native Poland and came to live in Ireland in 2007. Sebastian and Sinead are involved in the Neo-Catechumenate for years and are a family on mission in the west of Ireland. Sebastian's enthusiasm to live by and spread the Gospel can be contagious and encouraging to all who meet him.
Beta is married to Eunan and they have one son Tadgh. She’s the artist. She’s incredibly gifted. A qualified architect and graphic designer, she prefers making art using mixed media or recycling objects of all sorts, in a very Brazilian way. She spent her childhood making things from paper and when it comes to the Jesse Box , she says it brought all her skills together.
Gerry is married to Anne, they have seven children and seven grandchildren. Gerry writes the material for The Jesse Box. He and Anne have been involved in Faith formation and Pastoral evangelisation for the past twenty years. Gerry’s favourite Bible quote are the words of St Paul Philippians 4:11-13 “In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me …..” He lives with his family in the Wicklow Mountains, the garden of Ireland, along the route of St. Kevin’s way. If you’re doing a pilgrimage here be sure to drop in for a cup of tea and a chin wag (Irish for a good chat).
The Jesse Box is a wonderful resource for making Scripture come alive for children. Enabling teachers to engage in creative and imaginative play with concrete materials, the Jesse Box provides an affordable means of introducing contemporary methods in religious education to your classroom practice.
- Anne Hession, Lecturer in Religious Education, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin
I was so impressed by The Jesse Box. It is ingenious and really child and family friendly.I think that you could use this idea for all kinds of faith formation and pastoral work with children. Adults might enjoy the process too! I am involved in RE in primary schools and I think the schools would love such a resource. I can’t wait to use the Jesse Box in Mary Immaculate College with students who are being formed as teachers. I’ll definitely use this with my own kids.
- Dr. Patricia Kieran, Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education, Faculty of Education, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
The Jesse Box is an attractive resource for children in the home or school. At home the endeavour of constructing the characters through craft work brings a sense of ownership and anticipation for children. The mystery of the characters unfolds in the stories which can be enacted over and over again. Parents and children can explore the stories together in a creative and engaging way. In schools or church settings, the Jesse Box can serve as a valuable resource for telling bible stories to children. Every school (indeed every classroom) would benefit from having the Jesse Box as a resource for Religious Education.
- Cora O’Farrell, Lecturer in Religious Education, St Patrick’s College, Dublin