48 - God calls Moses

 
 

15 minute Story planner

Reference 
Exodus 3–4
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.



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50 & 53 - Frogs, flies and hail... Goodbye!

 
 

15 minute Story planner

Reference 
Exodus 7-10;12
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor pages 64, 65 and 67
For a printable version of the story see ‘Plagues in Egypt’ in this week's 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  
Do you like biscuits? Imagine you had a huge tin of mouth watering biscuits. Then one day, when you were really hungry, you lifted the lid and peered inside. But instead of seeing rows of delicious biscuits you saw a big, fat, green frog staring right back at you.

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • A toy frog and a biscuit tin

  • A toy crown

  • A long stick to represent Moses’ and Aaron’s staff

  • Illustrations of the plagues from a Children's Picture Bible

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 - Frogs and flies game
You will need: The flies and frogs pictures (see Printables), scissors, glue sticks, lively music and the means to play it (if possible use ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov).

Before the session print sufficient fly and frog pictures for approximately six of each per child (you may need a few more if you have a small group). Cut out the pictures and stick the fly pictures to the back of the frog pictures.

1. Divide your group into two equal teams. One team is ‘the frogs’ the other team ‘the flies’.
2. Place the glued pictures in the middle of the floor – make sure the frogs are uppermost on half the pictures and the flies are uppermost on the rest.
3. Explain that ‘the frogs’ need to try and turn the fly pictures over so that the frogs are uppermost while ‘the flies’ need to try and turn the frog pictures over so that the flies are uppermost.
4. While the children are running around turning over the pieces of paper, play the lively music.
5. After two or three minutes, stop the music and count how many flies and frogs are uppermost. The team with the most pictures showing is the winning team. If you have time play the game again. You could make the game slightly harder by allowing players to use only one hand.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God we think about this story. We imagine the chaos and devastation as each plague struck Egypt... the frogs, the flies and the hail. We think about Moses' visiting the palace over and over again, asking Pharaoh to let your people go, and each time Pharaoh's stubborn answer: ‘No’. 

Father help us not to be like Pharaoh with his hard heart, determined to get his own way. Instead help us to be people who are willing to do what pleases you. Help us to listen to good advice and trust that you will always show us what is the good and right thing to do.  

Father, thank you that today we can be sure you will not send plagues and storms. Thank you that instead we can be certain that, because Jesus lived, died and rose again, everybody, everywhere can now know the comfort that you showed the Israelites in the midsts of difficulties. 

Father we thank you for your great love and your protection in the midst of trouble. Amen.

With younger children, or during a shorter session you may wish to select just one or two phrases from the reflective prayer.



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53 - Goodbye!

 
 

15 minute Story planner

Reference 
Exodus 12
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 67

Notes
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) 

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 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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54 - God leads the way

 
 

15 minute Story planner

Reference 
Exodus 13:17–22
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 68
‘The pillars of cloud and fire’ 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  
Can you imagine a busy road without any road signs? How would drivers know which way to turn, when to slow down or how far it was to the next junction? Imagine that there were no signposts on footpaths either; people would have to guess the way to the shops or how to get back home again. Everybody would be confused and probably lost!

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
The following props could be used with the printable story

  • A book of road signs
  • ‘Get up’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tea towel
  • Gold and silver ornaments or costume jewellery
  • A selection of clothes

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 - A creative prayer
You will need: a large sheet of paper*, sticky tape and A5 sheets of red and white paper. 
*The size of the paper you need will depend on how many children you have in your group. If you have a large group you will need long strips of lining paper; if you have a small group A3 sheets will be sufficient.

1. Stick the two pieces of paper vertically to a wall.
2. Give each child a white piece of paper and a red piece of paper. 
3. Encourage the children to draw around one of their hands on each piece of paper.
4. Help the children to write a prayer on the red hand thanking God for being with them during the night, and during the day on the white hand. The prayer could simply be ‘Thank You God that You are with me during the night/day.’ 
5. Ask the children to come forward and stick their red hands to one strip of lining paper and their white hands to the other strip of lining paper. 
6. Explain to the children that they have created their own ‘pillar of cloud’ to remind them that God is with them during the day and a ‘pillar of fire’ to remind them that God is with them during the night.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Read the prayers written on the paper hands (see Option 2) or ask the children to read the prayers they have written.



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59 - 'Hands up, Moses!'

 
 

15 minute Story planner

Reference 
Exodus 17:8–16
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 74  
‘Winning a battle’ 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  
Have you ever carried something until your arms ached, or walked and walked until your legs were tired and sore?

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • Toy swords
  • A large stick
  • A rolled up sheet of paper to look like a scroll
  • Stones for building an altar
  • A sign that says ‘The Lord is my Banner’

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 - Acting the story
You will need the props listed above and dressing up clothes (headdresses made out of tea towels secured with ties will do).

1. Give four children the following roles: Moses, Joshua, Aaron and Hur.
2. Ask the remaining children to be either Israelites or Amalekites. If you have less than four children allow them to choose who they would like to be.  If you don’t have suitable dressing up clothes, make everybody a simple headdress out of a tea towel secured with a tie.
3.Pair each of the Israelites with an Amalekite and give them a toy sword. Ask them to start fighting in slow motion (so that nobody gets hurt!).
4. As you tell the story describe what the characters are doing. ‘Moses’ will need to stand to the side with the stick lifted above his head. Ask ‘Moses’ to begin to lower the stick. As he does, the ‘Amalekites’ should act as if they are winning.
5. ‘Aaron’ and ‘Hur’ will then need to get ‘Moses’ a chair to sit on and each hold up one of his arms. As they do this the Israelites should act as if they are winning.
6. As you finish the story ask everybody to sit down apart from ‘Moses’ who pretends to write on a scroll before handing it to ‘Joshua’.  ‘Moses’ then needs to carefully position a pile of stones to look like an altar.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father we think about the Israelites who fought at Rephidim. We remember how they looked up to see your staff held high in the air. When we are in the middle of difficult times help us to remember that you are always with us. 

We remember that Aaron and Hur came alongside Moses to help him. Please show us how we can help each other to live your way.  Amen.



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61, 62 & 63 - God's Mountain & The ten commandments

 
 

15 minute Story planner

Reference 
Exodus 19 and 20
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, pages 76, 77 and 78

Notes 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. God provided food and water for his people as they made their way through the desert. At night they camped in large groups; 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. After reading the story you might want to spend some time briefly talking about the Ten Commandments. Make the Ten Commandments on cardboard tablets (see Printables) and/or refer to pages 77 to 78 of The Children’s Bible in 365 stories.

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 some mountains are so high their tops are often covered by cloud? Can you imagine a mountain not only covered by thick cloud, but with smoke billowing from it too? As the Israelites stood at the bottom of Mount Sinai they saw the top of the mountain covered in smoke and clouds, they watched as it rumbled and shook with God’s power… then they heard another sound. The sound grew louder and louder and louder… 

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • Pictures of mountain tops covered in cloud - use pictures from library books or from the internet but be aware of copyright regulations. 
  • ‘…just as a mother bird looking after her chicks.’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • A bar of soap and a small box of soap powder
  • A long piece of string to mark a boundary (lay it on the floor around your seating area). 
  • ‘God is too great and terrible for us to listen to!’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • The Ten Commandments on cardboard tablets (see Printables)

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

4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy colouring in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - Play a game about going up and down a mountain.
Ask for three volunteers to pretend to be ‘a mountain’. The three volunteers should stand in the middle of the room facing each other, with about 50 cm between them. The volunteers should hold hands then lift their hands to make three archways. The remaining children need to pretend to be mountain goats and weave through the archways. While the 'goats' are making their way round ‘the mountain’ intermittently call out the following two commands: ‘up the mountain’, ‘round the mountain’. Say the commands as many times as you like. After a while call out ‘down the mountain’; when the volunteers hear this command they should lower their arms catching whichever goats are standing between them. Any goat caught should then join hands with the volunteers to make a bigger mountain. Start shouting out the commands again, eventually shouting ‘down the mountain’. If you have time play the game again with three new volunteers as ‘the mountain’.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins    
Father God, we think about the Israelites watching the mountain as it shook and rumbled with your power.

Father God we thank you that you are powerful but you are loving and caring too. Thank you that you love us more than we can ever imagine.     

Father God we think about the boundary line that the Israelites were told they must not cross. Father we thank you that because Jesus lived, died and rose again there no longer needs to be a ‘boundary line’ that keeps us apart from you; instead everybody everywhere can become close friends with you. Amen



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61, 62, 63 & 65 - God's mountain, The Ten Commandments & The Agreement

 
 

15 minute Story planner

Reference 
Exodus 19, 20 and 24
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor pages 76, 77, 78 and 81
‘The blue pavement’ see Printables

Notes
If you would prefer not to read all four stories from The Children's Bible in 365 stories, read story number 61, the final paragraphs of 63 and 64, before reading story number 65 starting at the second paragraph. Explain to the children that a covenant is an agreement.

The craft suggested for this story relates to the ‘blue (sapphire) pavement’ described in Exodus 24:10. As this is not mentioned in The Children's Bible in 365 stories ask one of the older children to find the verse and read it aloud. 

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 climbed a mountain or a very steep hill? What do you think climbers see when they reach the top of high mountains? Rocks? More mountains? Perhaps a beautiful view?

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • Pictures of mountains possibly from a library book or the internet (beware of copyright regulations)
  • The Ten Commandments text boxes (see Printables)
  • Cardboard ‘stone tablets’ (see Printables)

If you are telling the story from the Printables you will also need:

  • ‘Sin’ word graphic (see Printables)
  • A large piece of blue fabric

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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 - Create a different setting for telling the story
You will need: a gazebo, pieces of fabric, cushions, large sheets of paper, thick pens and the props listed above

1. Set up a gazebo in your teaching space. Make it feel like a tent by hanging material around two of its sides. Put cushions and blankets inside the gazebo to make it a comfortable place to sit. 
2. Stick a large piece of paper vertically to the wall of your teaching space. On the paper draw a high mountain. On a second piece of paper draw a large cloud and stick it next to the ‘mountain’.
3. Sit under the gazebo and place the props on a piece of fabric. Before you tell the story talk through the different props explaining what each represents in the story. Discuss with the children any experiences they may have had of climbing mountains or hill walking.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God thank you that all those years ago you gave your law to Moses. Thank you that today your Commandments still teach us about your way of living.  

Thank you that with your love and forgiveness and the powerful help of the Holy Spirit we can learn and grow to live your way; Thank you that with your help we can learn and grow to follow your commandments.  Amen.



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66 - God's special tent

 
 

15 minute Story planner

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

Notes
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. 

 
God's special tent.jpg
 

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.



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

 
 

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

Notes
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 

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

 
 

15 minute Story planner

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

Notes
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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74 - Moses says Goodbye

 
 

15 minute Story planner

Reference 
Deuteronomy
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 90
‘Deuteronomy 8’ see Printables 

Notes
If telling the story using The Children's Bible in 365 stories  show the picture on page 87. Explain that God told Moses to speak to the rock and he would bring water out from it . But Moses was cross with the Israelites and hit the rock. Because Moses disobeyed God he was not allowed to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.

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
There are lots of things we need to remember: to do our homework, wish a friend happy birthday, change our socks! How do you remember important things? Some people tie a knot in the corner of a handkerchief or write a message on a piece of paper or put a reminder on their phone.

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

  • Handkerchief
  • Post-it notes
  • Mobile phone
  • Do not forget the Lord your God’ speech bubble (see Printables )
  • 'Remember…' speech bubbles (see Printables )
  • Torn up pieces of white bread to look like manna
  • Clothes and shoes
  • A large jug of water
  • A bag of flour
  • A bunch of grapes
  • A pomegranate
  • Figs
  • A bottle of olive oil
  • A  jar of honey
  • A loaf of bread
  • Dinner knife and fork
  • Small money bags full of coins.

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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 -
You will need the props listed above plus two small tables, fabric table-coverings and a clear bowl of water with a small rock in it (to remind the children that, on two occasions, water came from a rock in the desert).

1. Before the session, set up one table on one side of the room and the other on the other side of the room. Cover the tables with the fabric. Place all the objects relating to the desert on one table and those relating to the Promised Land on the other.
2. Tell the story drawing the children’s attention to the relevant table as you talk about the different items.
3. After you have told the story explain that you are going to take a vote to find out if the children would rather live in the Promised Land or spend 40 years in the desert.
4. Ask the children the four questions (see Printables). You could allow the children to discuss their views with their neighbour before voting.
5. To vote the children need to place their hands in the air then lean either to their left or their right. If the children want to vote for the Promised Land and the ‘Promised Land’ table is on the left hand side of the room they need to lean to the left. If they want to vote for the desert and the ‘desert table’ is on the right hand side of the room they need to lean to the right.          

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father we think about Moses' final words urging the Israelites not to forget You.

Father help us to remember all You have done for us and to remember that it is because of Your great love that we are surrounded by so many good and wonderful things.   Amen.



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