15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 67
Use the Old Testament flashcards to remind the children of the events leading up to today’s story. Show the children the picture of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph as you explain that Abraham had a son called Isaac, Isaac had a son called Jacob and Jacob had a son called Joseph. Remind the children that Joseph was taken to Egypt and for many years Abraham’s family (the Israelites) worked as slaves for the Egyptians. But one day God sent Moses to bring His people out of slavery. Moses would lead the Israelites to the Promised Land. At first the Egyptian King said ‘no – the Israelites cannot leave’. But then disaster after disaster plagued the Egyptians.
Make sure you are happy with the story in the Children's Bible before reading it aloud to the children in your group. You might like to condense the second paragraph to 'Finally the most dreadful thing happened. It happened just as God said it would. In the middle of the night all the oldest boys in the Egyptian families died.The Israelites' sons were spared' .
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
How do runners get ready for a race? Put on their running shoes? Do some warm-up exercises? Line up behind the start-line? When the Israelites were about to leave Egypt they needed to be ready. Again and again Pharaoh the Egyptian King had said ‘no!’ to the Israelites leaving his country. But one night the Egyptians faced a new disaster – this time surely Pharaoh would let God’s people go!
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
- A coat or a large piece of fabric to represent an outdoor cloak
- A pair of shoes
- ‘Don’t stay in my country another day!’ speech bubble (see Printables)
- A mixing bowl and tea towel
- Necklaces and bracelets (inexpensive jewellery would be ideal)
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4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - Getting ready to go.
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity.
You will need: a stopwatch, a bowl, a slice of bread, a serviette, a cloth bag, scarves, two wooden spoons, a saucepan, a teddy bear, a bucket, paper fish (see Printables) and a small bowl of paper circles made with a hole punch.
1. Before the session place the paper fish in the bucket and put the bucket at one end of your room.
2. Next to the bucket place the bowl of paper circles.
3. In various places around your room place the following items: the bread, the scarves, a saucepan, two wooden spoons and a teddy bear.
4. Encourage a volunteer to stand in the middle of the room.
5. Give the volunteer the bowl, the serviette and the bag.
6. Ask the volunteer to remove their shoes.
7. Explain that as fast as they can the volunteer should perform the following tasks: wrap the bread in a serviette and put it in the bowl, put the scarves in the bag, collect two spoons and a saucepan, collect the teddy bear, feed the fish (sprinkle a few paper circles in the bucket!) and put on their shoes.
8. Encourage the children to take it in turns to perform all six of the tasks. The child who performs the six tasks in the shortest time is the winner.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, we think about the night the Israelites left Egypt. We think about the sadness that swept across Egypt as family after family lost what was so precious to them. Father, please help us to be kind and caring when we hear terrible news of suffering around the world.
Father we also think of the great happiness of that night too. We think of the Israelites leaving behind a life of slavery. We think about the excitement as families picked up their belongings and followed Moses out of Egypt.
Father God we now know the Israelites were about to experience your great love and comfort as they made their way towards the Promised Land. Father help us to understand more about your love and kindness as we learn about the Israelites. Amen
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