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Moses: Bulrushes to the Burning Bush
Opening Time


Summary of Lesson Activities: 

This post contains four options to be used in a large group, multi-age, opening time.



Option 1


Gather: baby doll; basket big enough to hold baby doll; blanket; 10 feet of rope. Have 3 copies of the “script”

Before start of Opening Time:

  • Learn to pronounce Moses’ mothers name: Pronounced Jock'a•bed
  • Highlight each part in the scripts.
  • Tie the rope to the basket.
  • Ask 2 girls to help act out the story. Give them the scripts.
  • Ask someone else (a prop handler) to slowly pull the basket on cue.

At Opening Time:


SAY: Today we will learn about Moses. Moses was born a long time ago in Egypt. But he was not an Egyptian. He was an Israelite. We also call Israelites, Hebrews.


ASK: Who knows what a pharaoh is? (ruler or king of Egypt)


SAY: At that time the Pharaoh of Egypt gave an order that Hebrew newborn baby boys could not live. Isn’t that awful? But God had a plan to save his people. Let’s hear the beginning of the story.


ASK volunteers to come forward – Jochebed & Miriam. (You are narrator.)


Script: Moses in the Nile


STAGE SETUP: Give Jochebed (Moses’ mother) the basket & the baby. In a straight line a little ways away, place the prop handler holding the rope to the basket.

NARRATOR: Our story begins with Jochebed and her daughter Miriam beside the great Nile River in Egypt.

MIRIAM: Momma, why have we been hiding my baby brother?

JOCHEBED: Pharaoh did a mean thing, Miriam. He made a law that all Hebrew baby boys must be thrown in the Nile River.

MIRIAM (acts shocked): Are we throwing my baby brother in the river! (points to river)

JOCHEBED: No, but I need your help. Here’s what we’ll do. (Pretends to whisper to Miriam)

NARRATOR: When Moses was born, his family hid him for 3 months. But you know how hard it is to keep babies quiet! Everyday his mother prayed, asking God to save her baby. God had plans for Moses. He gave Moses’ mother an idea.

MIRIAM: Let me get this straight. We put the baby in a basket, and float it down the river? But…who will find him? What will happen?

JOCHEBED: Trust in God Miriam.

Miriam and Jochebed place baby in the basket & put it in the “river.” Prop handler starts pulling basket.


NARRATOR: Down the river the basket floats. Where will it end up? … You’ll find out in class!



Adapted from “The Life Of Moses (Lesson 1): Moses as a Baby.” 2005. <http://www.kidssundayschool.co...ons/1lifemoses01.php>.

Option 2

Gather: Pieces of paper, marker or pen


Before start of Opening Time:


On slips of paper, write the following phrases (one phrase per strip):

  • When God spoke to Moses, He did it in a very strange way, using a bush.
  • Moses was not prepared to hear what he heard on Mt. Sinai.
  • God has a special plan for all of us, so we need to listen carefully to what God says.

At Opening TIme:


ASK kids to tell you different ways that people communicate.



ASK them what’s the best way to communicate.



SAY: There are many ways to communicate, some are more effective than others, but God can communicate with us in miraculous ways. Today we will discover one unforgettable way God talked with Moses.


Break kids into smaller (10-12 kids) multi-age groups. Have the kids either sit in a circle or line up. Play the telephone game – give a reader in each group one of the prepared slips of paper. They will start the message (but not let anyone else see the paper!)


SAY: This game shows us how important it is to listen carefully to the Word of God. One of the ways God speaks to us is through his Word, the Bible.



Adapted from “The Life Of Moses (Lesson 2): God Speaks with Moses.” 2005. <http://www.kidssundayschool.co...ons/1lifemoses02.php>.

Option 3


Gather: an overhead projector; a screen, a piece of transparency paper, water-based or erasable marker, a cloth to use as an eraser

Before start of Opening Time:

  • On a transparency, using the marker, write the key Bible verse: “But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:11-12a
    (Test out the marker ahead of time - want to be able to wipe off a word at a time).
  • Have a damp cloth handy.

At Opening Time: 


Display the verse on the overhead. Read the verse aloud once. Then everyone read it out loud. Ask what the verse tells us. (Moses didn’t think he could do the job God asked, but God gave Moses assurance that Moses would not be alone; God would be with Moses.


What part of this verse can help us? (God is with us too.)

Ask a volunteer to come up and wipe off one word from the overhead. Then group reads the verse, filling in the missing word. Kids take turns erasing a word. Repeat.


Try using a different way to say the verse each time – shouting, whispering, opera style, fast, slow, etc. (ask kids for suggestions).


Adapted from The Big Book of Bible Games, Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 1996. Page 65.

Option 4


Gather: Index cards; marker

Before start of Opening Time:


  • Copy the key Bible verse onto cards, 2 or 3 words per card. Make two sets. (DO use the same color pen for both sets).
  • Hide the cards around the room.


At Opening Time:


Have the kids find the cards and put the verses in order. Kids will have to organize themselves. Remind big kids to help little kids.

Afterward talk about whether this task was hard? What part of it was hard?

SAY: God asked Moses to go back to Egypt to lead his people to freedom.


ASK: Does anyone know how many Israelites there were in Egypt? (2 million) If organizing yourself to put the cards together in the correct order was hard, think about how hard it was for Moses to organize so many people. How did Moses do such a big job? (God was with him)


Adapted from an idea at rotation.org

Other Moses resources:


Several of the workshops we used for Moses are posted in this forum.


Visit Carol's blog for Moses posts – where we encourage parents to continue the learning at home.


(Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None, Carol does not make any money from her blog. Any ads you may see there are placed by Wordpress.)



Material compiled by Carol Hulbert from: First United Methodist Church
Ann Arbor, MI 
Copyright 2005 First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI.
Permission to copy materials granted for non-commercial use provided credit is given and all cited references remain with this material


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Spiritual Song


For Moses and the Burning Bush


I took a well-known African American Spiritual "Go Down Moses" and rewrote verses.  in the original song the verses move from a focus on God freeing the Isrealites to broader experiences of being freed by God.  I wanted to use this song, though, to keep the focus on Moses' interaction with God.


These are the verses that I wrote:


Go Down Moses  an African American Spiritual


When Israel was in Egypt land, (Let my people go)

Oppressed so hard they could not stand (Let my people go)

Go Down Moses, way down in Egypt land, Tell old Pharaoh, "Let my people go!"

When Moses saw the flames appear (Let my people go)

The Lord told Moses "Don't come near! (Let my people go)

"The place you step is Holy Ground" (Let my people go)

Moses hid his face, his feet unbound (Let my people go)

Go Down Moses, way down in Egypt land, Tell old Pharaoh, "Let my people go!"

God said, "I've heard my people cry"  (Let my people go)

Moses said, "But God, who am I?" (Let my people go)

I'll send you Aaron just to speak--(Let my people go)

He has strength where you are weak(Let my people go)

Go Down Moses, way down in Egypt land, Tell old Pharaoh, "Let my people go!"

I'll give you signs to Pharaoh show (Let my people go)

He'll know "I AM" says "Let them go" (Let my people go)

I'll send them plagues to show my might (Let my people go)

And soften him to see thy plight." (Let my people go)

Go Down Moses, way down in Egypt land, Tell old Pharaoh, "Let my people go!"

So Moses did as God required (let my people go)

When He spoke from within the fire (let my people go)


I have written out the musical score if anyone would like that I could send it to you but I can't post it here because of formatting.  But song is in many hymnals 

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