Moses & the Parting of the Red Sea
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Painting stained glass.
- “The Plagues Song” CD; Lyrics to hand out to each student
- Paint brushes
- Stained glass paints
- Simulation liquid leading
- 8x10 framed glass leaded picture of Moses parting the Red Sea
- Several weeks before the rotation begins, recruit a group of volunteers to trace out the outline of Moses Parting the Red Sea picture with simulation liquid leading. This will be a time consuming task depending on the number of copies that need to be made.
- Read the Scripture passages prayerfully, asking God to show you what He has to say to you and to those He’s given you to teach.
- Read the Biblical Explanation and Background, and think about what concepts you need to teach.
- Prepare the necessary materials.
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Teach about Moses and the Exodus, briefly recapping the background from Exodus chapters 3-4 relating Moses’ call at the burning bush and return to Egypt. If it is past the first Sunday of this rotation, first ask the children to relate what they’ve already learned about Moses and the Exodus in other workshops.
Say: The book of Exodus recounts how God sent Moses to Egypt to free his people from slavery. Moses came with a message to Pharaoh, “Let my people God.” But Pharaoh refused to free the Hebrew slaves. So God sent 10 plagues upon Egypt to not only show the Egyptians that He is the true God, but to convince Pharaoh to let His people go. Today, we’re going to sing a fun song to help us learn what plagues God sent upon Egypt.
“The Plagues Song”
Teach about the 10 plagues that God sent down upon Egypt with by having the kids sing along to the fun song, “The Plagues Song” sung to the tune of “This Old Man”.
Say: After the 10th plague, Pharaoh let the Hebrews go. Moses led the people out of Egypt as far as the Red Sea. Then suddenly, the Hebrews discovered that Pharaoh had a change or heart. He was chasing them with his entire army to kill all of God’s people who were trapped between him and the Red Sea. (Read Exodus 14:10-31 to the class)
- How did the people react when they discovered that Pharaoh’s army had them trapped at the edge of the Red Sea? (Afraid: they thought Moses had brought them there to die.)
- How did Moses respond? (He shared this month’s memory verse Exodus 14:13… “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.” (Have kids repeat the memory verse with you.)
- What did God do to save his people? (He parted the Red Sea and the Hebrews crossed safely to the other side while the Egyptian army drowned when the water flowed back upon them.)
- How would you have felt if you’d gotten the chance to walk through the Red Sea that day? Has God ever helped you get through a big problem that you didn’t think there was a way through? (Let kids answer with their own ideas)
Say: Today, we’re going to paint a stained glass picture of Moses parting the Red Sea to help us remember the Exodus and that God saves His people when we are in trouble.
Have the kids paint the stained glass picture of Moses parting the Red Sea.
Once all the kids are done. Close with prayer.
A lesson written by Rev. Ron Shifley from: Scotland United Church of Christ
Scotland, SD, USA
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