67 & 68 - The calf made of gold & Putting things right


15 minute Story planner

Exodus 32, 33 and 34
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, pages 83 and 84

Use the Old Testament flashcards to remind the children of the events leading up to today’s story. Remind the children that God sent Moses to bring his people out of slavery. Moses led the Israelites towards the Promised Land. One day they stopped at the foot of a huge mountain. The next few weeks were a special time for the Israelites – on the mountain God gave his laws to Moses. Ten of the laws are called the Ten Commandments; they showed the Israelites how to live God’s way. As this story talks about sin you might like to talk briefly about ‘what the Bible calls sin’ (see Printables) by referring to the info-graphic and/or using the summary sheet.  

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 do you do if you’re feeling a little bored? Speak to a friend… help your Mum or Dad… watch TV… play a game? One day, when the Israelites were bored waiting for Moses to come down the mountain, they began to follow their own plans. However their plans were not good plans, in fact while Moses spoke to God, the Israelites did something they would regret for a long, long time. 

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity. 

  • Inexpensive golden jewellery or trinkets
  • ‘Here is our god!’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • ‘Go back down the mountain, the people have broken my law already.’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • The Ten Commandments on cardboard tablets (see Printables)
  • Large stones or a piece of fabric to represent an altar
  • Some pearl barley to represent grain
  • ‘I will still be with you,’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • A blanket to roll up when you talk about packing up their belongings 

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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 - Discovering God's promise  
You will need: six envelopes, scissors, a pen and ‘a promise’ textboxes (see Printables).   

Before the session print and cut out the textboxes. Place one textbox in each of the envelopes. Write the word ‘sorry’ on each of the envelopes. Hide the envelopes around the room.  After reading the story, ask no more than six children to each find an envelope. If you have fewer than six children ask some of the children to find more than one.

When all the envelopes have been retrieved talk to the children about Moses saying sorry to God. Explain that by worshipping the golden calf the Israelites had disobeyed God. Moses asked God to forgive the people. God told Moses what he must do to make things right once more. Moses was worried that God would no longer look after his people but God made a promise to the Israelites. Encourage the children to open the envelopes and sort the words into the correct order to read the promise God made to his people. 

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, we think about the sad day when the Israelites disobeyed you. We remember that at that time you made a way for them to be right with you once more. 

Father God, we thank you that through Jesus you have made an even better way. Thank you that everybody, everywhere can now say ‘Yes’ to your love and forgiveness and become close friends with you.

Father we understand that your rules show us what pleases you. With your love, forgiveness and the help of the Holy Spirit help us to keep on living your way day after day.  Amen

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