Summary of Workshops:
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- Art Workshop: the children will frame the Ten Commandments with a bean mosaic.
- Drama Workshop: the children will hear the story of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the people's disobedience. They will then role play situations where the Ten Commandments are not followed and talk about the importance of loving our neighbors.
- Games Workshop: the children will play a simple, familiar game with some "special" rules and then discuss why God gave his people rules.
- Movie Workshop: the children will consider the importance of rules as they watch a God Rocks! video about the Ten Commandments.
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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Scripture: Exodus 19:1 -20:20
Story adapted for retelling by Amy Crane. Copyright 2001 Amy Crane. Permission granted to freely distribute and use, provided the copyright message is included. Adapted from Exodus 15 - 34, Today's English Version.
Long, long ago, before the time of Jesus, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - the Israelites- were slaves, building pyramids for the Pharaoh in Egypt.
God heard the Israelites cry out to Him for help, and He called upon Moses to lead the Israelites to freedom. Moses and his older brother Aaron stood before the Pharaoh many times, telling him that “The Lord God has said ‘Let my people go.’” But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened. He would not let his slaves go free.
So God sent many plagues upon the Egyptians. But still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened. Until the last plague, the tenth one, the most awful plague of them all. The first-born sons of all in Egypt were killed, including the Pharaoh’s son. But the angel of death passed over the homes of the Israelites.
The Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron to him, and told them to take the Israelites, their wives, their children, their livestock, and leave Egypt at once. The Israelites quickly escaped, through the Red Sea, and into the desert, where there was much rejoicing, led by Moses’ sister Miriam.
But the rejoicing was soon followed by grumbling. “This water is not fit to drink!” So Moses called upon the Lord, and He instructed Moses to throw his staff into the water, and it was sweet to drink.
But soon there was more grumbling. “There is no food to eat!” So Moses called upon the Lord, and He sent quails in the evening, and manna every morning.
But again, there was more grumbling. “There is no water in this desert to drink. You have brought us out of Egypt so we could die!” So Moses called upon the Lord, and He instructed Moses to strike rocks with his staff, and water poured forth.
After three months of wandering in the desert (“Are we there yet?!"), the Israelites arrived at the foot of Mount Sinai, and made a camp there. God told Moses what to say to the people: “You saw what I, the Lord, did to the Egyptians. You saw how I carried you as an eagle carries her young on her wings. Now, if you obey me and keep my Covenant, you will be my own chosen people.”
Moses called together the people and told them everything the Lord had commanded him. And the people answered together, saying, “We will do everything that the Lord has said.”
God told Moses to have the people prepare and purify themselves, because in three days He would come down upon the mountain so that the Israelites would hear Him speaking with Moses, and would believe.
On the morning of the third day, there was thunder and lightning. A thick cloud appeared on the mountain. A very loud trumpet was heard. The people trembled with fear. Moses led them out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was covered in smoke, because the Lord had come down on it in fire. The smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace. The sound of the trumpet became louder and louder. Moses spoke, and God answered him with thunder. The Lord came down on the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain.
God spoke: “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves.
“You must worship no God but me.
“You must not make and worship images or bow down to idols.
“You must not misuse my name.
“You must observe the Sabbath and keep it Holy.
“You must respect your father and mother.
“You must not commit murder.
“You must love and be faithful to your husband or wife.
“You must not steal.
“You must not lie.
“You must not desire what belongs to someone else.”
The Lord gave Moses these ten laws and many others. Moses told the people all of the Lord’s commands. They said, “We will do everything that the Lord has said.”
Our memory verse for this rotation reminds us of the true meaning of the Ten Commandments: “Jesus replied, ‘The most important commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’’” Mark 12:29-31a
Objectives for the rotation
At the end of the rotation, the students will
- be able to find Exodus in the Old Testament.
- know that the Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God and that story is found in the book of Exodus.
- know that the Ten Commandments is not a rule checklist, but an attitude of the heart.
- be able to list the Ten Commandments in their own words.
- know that the sum of the Ten Commandments is “to love the Lord with all our hearts, with all our souls, with all our strength, and with all our minds and to love our neighbor as ourselves.”
- learn the memory verse.
- In the Movie Workshop, the children will consider the importance of rules as they watch a God Rocks! video about the Ten Commandments.
- In the Drama Workshop, the children will hear the story of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the people’s disobedience. They will then role play situations where the Ten Commandments are not followed and talk about the importance of loving our neighbors.
- In the Games Workshop, the children will play a simple, familiar game with some “special” rules and then discuss why God gave his people rules.
- In the Art Workshop, the children will frame the Ten Commandments with a bean mosaic.
The children voted for the RiverKidz offering this year to go to the Food Bank (we will be supporting St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church so that the food will go to people in Prairieville). Watch for opportunities to support this and other projects with time as well as with money this year.
FAMILY TIME WITH GOD
Spend some time with your children reviewing and learning the catechism questions for the Ten Commandments Challenge. All children (K-5) who memorize the 25 catechism questions relating to the Ten Commandments by May 16 will go out for pizza with Pastor Garnett Slatton and the Shepherds on May 16. Your child should have received a handout with information and the questions, or contact -- or visit the church website at ---.
Thank you to our Ten Commandments Rotation Team:
Curriculum Writers: Jamie Senyard, Amy Crane and Michelle Slatton
Sunday School Coordinator:
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.