69 & 70 - The Promised Land in sight & 'We can't do it!'


15 minute Story planner

Number 13; Deuteronomy 1; Numbers 13–14
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, pages 85 and 86

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. Remind the children that one day God sent Moses to bring his people out of slavery. Moses led the Israelites towards the Promised Land. God’s people stopped at the foot of a huge mountain. On the mountain God gave his laws to Moses; the laws showed the Israelites how to live. But while they camped by the mountain, the Israelites disobeyed God. Moses begged God for his forgiveness and God made a way to put things right. God was with the Israelites as they moved on towards the Promised Land.

If you have only a short time to read the story, begin reading at the fourth paragraph of ‘The Promised Land in Sight’; the paragraph begins ‘At long last they arrived…’

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  
Have you ever tried to tell a friend some news… ‘Guess what just happened to me’ you might say. Imagine if they wouldn’t listen. Imagine if your friend chose to listen to someone else instead. Joshua and Caleb had some news. They tried to tell the Israelites, but they wouldn’t listen. Again and again Joshua and Caleb tried to speak. God’s people listened to others but they refused to listen to Joshua and Caleb.  

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
Beware of allergies – make sure it is safe for the children to handle and taste the food used in this activities

  • ‘Canaan check list’ (see Printables)
  • Figs, pomegranates and grapes
  • ‘We should never have left Egypt’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • ‘Of course God can give us the land’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • ‘We’ll never do it...’ speech bubble (see Printables) 
  • ‘40 years’ textbox (see Printables) 

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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 - Grape fun!
You will need: masking tape, four paper plates and two bunches of grapes.
Before the session, stick a strip of masking tape to the floor – this will be your ‘start line’. At a distance of approximately four metres (more if your space allows) stick a second strip of tape parallel to the first – this will be your ‘pick-up point’. Divide the grapes between two paper plates. Place the plates at the ‘pick-up point’, either on the floor or on a low table. Place two empty plates at the ‘start line’. Divide your group into two teams and encourage the teams to line up behind the start line. Explain that each group needs to bring the grapes from the ‘pick-up point’ to the empty plate. However they must do this by tucking one grape under their chin and carefully ‘carrying’ it back to the empty plate. When one team member returns with a grape the next team member can set off to collect the next grape. Either set a time limit, after which the children should stop collecting grapes, or continue play until all the grapes have been moved. The team with more grapes or the team to finish collecting all the grapes first is the winning team. 

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins    
Father God, we think about the spies returning from Canaan. We remember that even when the other Israelites didn't trust you, Joshua and Caleb did. 

Thank you Father God that you are always good, always wise and always powerful. Even when people around us don't trust in you, help us to keep believing that your ways are good and right and what you say is true.  Amen

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