15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 62
‘Moses and the bush’ see Printables.
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' cards one to four
2. Starter question - 1 min
Did you know that every type of plant and every kind of flower has a name? Some plants have really long names like Acer palmatum dissectum 'purpurea'. Often a name describes a plant and some plants have more than one name. There is a bush that gardeners love: it has branches with long woody strips that look a bit like wings; it is called a winged spindle bush. The same plant is also given another name. Around October time the leaves of the winged spindle bush change colour. They turn from green to a bright red. The leaves are so red that some people think the bush looks as if it's on fire and they call it the burning bush plant. However if you looked closely you wouldn’t see any flames, just red leaves and woody branches.
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
- A thick branch with lots of twigs attached
- Strips of red, yellow and orange crepe paper
- Another long thick stick
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4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - Tell the story with props and actions
Sit the children in a circle. As you talk about the burning bush place the branch in the middle and cover it in strips of crepe paper. As you talk about Moses wanting to have a closer look encourage the children to slowly shuffle forward but then quickly tell them to stop. Describe God calling to Moses, and telling him to take off his shoes. Ask the children to remove their shoes. Then as you talk about Moses being scared ask the children to kneel and cover their faces. Tell the rest of the story with the children remaining in the circle.
Option 3 - Play a game using story-actions
Explain to the children that you are going to call out phrases from the story. Every time they hear a phrase they need to do an action. Teach them the following phrases and actions: ‘Burning bush’ – wave arms about like flames; ‘Let my people go!’ – shout ‘No’ and stamp foot; ‘Shhh, God’s speaking to Moses’ – curl up on the floor and hide face; ‘Holy ground’ – shoes off and stand still; ‘Off to Egypt’ – shoes on and walk on the spot.
To play the game call out the phrases in a random order. The children need to respond with the appropriate ‘action’. As the children get better at remembering the actions, call out the phrases more quickly.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father we remember your promise to be with Moses, to work in him and through him to do the job you had called him to do. Father please help us to remember that you are always with us, comforting, helping and guiding us.
Father we remember that Moses made excuses when you spoke to him in the desert. Please help us to live your way even when it feels like a tough thing to do. Amen.
Alongside this story, make the craft...