66 - God's special tent


15 minute Story planner

Exodus 25-31
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 82

Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. They set off for the Promised Land - the land God had promised Abraham. At that time the Promised Land was called Canaan. On their journey to Canaan the Israelites built a special tent for God. The Tent was made of wood and gold and other rich material. Inside were beautiful curtains made with blue, purple and scarlet thread. 

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
What materials were used to build your house? Bricks? Cement? Is all the furniture in your home made out of hard materials like wood or metal or do you have furniture made from soft materials too? 

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • ‘Inside the Tabernacle’ templates (see Printables)
  • Pictures of the Tabernacle from the internet (be aware of copyright regulations)

Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web

4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - Make a model Tabernacle
You will need: ‘How to make a model Tabernacle’ instructions (see Printables), a cardboard box, ‘Inside the Tabernacle’ templates (see Printables), foldback clips, scissors, sticky tape or double-sided sticky tape, blue J-cloths, red and purple felt tip pens, four towels or pieces of fabric large enough to cover the model. 

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Tell the story then follow the instructions to make a model Tabernacle.

Option 2 - An activity to show how big the Tabernacle was
You will need: two pieces of string, one measuring 4.5 m and the other measuring 67.5 cm

Try and work out how big the Tabernacle actually was. Explain that there were twenty frames standing side by side along the sides of the Tabernacle and six along the back. Each frame was 10 cubits high and 1.5 cubits wide. A cubit is about 45 cm, based on the length of someone’s forearm from their elbow to their middle finger. Show the children the pieces of string. Explain that the long piece represents how high the frames were and the short piece how wide the frames were.  Use the pieces of string to try and give the children an idea of the size of the Tabernacle – work out how many frames could stand side by side in your teaching area.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God we think about your very special tent. We think about the fine details that were carefully crafted to make it such a wonderful place - the embroidered curtains and beautifully ornate silver and gold furnishings. We think about how each part showed something of you and how you wanted to live among your people. 

Father when we think about the most Holy part of the tent, where the ordinary people were not allowed to go, and the thick curtain that covered the entrance, we remember how privileged we are to have a close relationship with you. We thank you that because Jesus lived died and rose again everybody everywhere can now say ‘Yes’ to your love and forgiveness and become your friends. Thank You that each one of us can talk with you as friends talk with one another. Thank You too that your Holy Spirit can live inside us, working in our lives in such wonderful ways.  

Father we thank you that there is so much we can still learn as we think about your special tent - thank you that just as you wanted to be among people all those thousands of years ago you still love to be with people today. Amen.

Alongside this story, make the craft...

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