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The Long Trip

Storytelling with an Art Project

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Children will hear the story and do 2 activities.

 

Scripture Reference:
Exodus 12: 31 - 38


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Become familiar with the project.
  • Gather the materials.

Materials List:

  • below story with discussion questions
    For activities 1 & 2 below:
  • pita bread
  • bread loaf
  • picture of cloud pillar & fire pillar (one per student)
  • picture of desert
  • tan paper (one per student)
  • drawings or photos of assorted items to pack (one per student), including unnecessary items, (ex. water, blankets, vegetables, meat, pita bread, wood, TV, bicycle, animal food, clothes, knife, pots, sheep, donkeys, goats, cows, a backpack and a camel) or use Clip art
  • markers or crayons
  • glue


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introductions:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Opening Prayer.
Note--Young children do not comprehend the concept of killing babies or having slaves (Good for them!) so I modified the story to reflect this. This lesson followed the story of Moses as a baby.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Story:
Moses grew up and was a strong and wise man. Moses was a Jewish man and the Jewish people were being treated very badly by the king of Egypt. The king made the Jewish people work very hard, all day and all night. They were very sad.

Why were the Jewish people sad? Where did they live?

Moses prayed to God for help. God told Moses to take the Jewish people away from Egypt. Moses did not think he could do what God asked him to do. Moses did not think he was strong and wise enough so he prayed to God about it. God told Moses that he chose him to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt and that he would be with him.

What did Moses do when he was sad? What did God tell Moses to do? How did Moses know he could do what God asked him to do?

The king did not want them to leave because he wanted them to stay and work for him. God helped Moses and the other Jewish people and the king said they could leave. The people left in a hurry. They took bread without giving it time to rise (so it was flat). They were so happy that the king was letting them leave! They wanted to pack quickly.

Did the king want the Jewish people to leave? What happened to the bread?

The people packed for their long trip. They brought clothes, food, water, blankets and their animals with them. They were going on a very long trip in the desert and they were never coming back to Egypt.

What did the people pack for their trip?

Moses and the Jewish people did not know how to get to the place where God wanted them to live so Moses asked for God’s help. God sent a cloud pillar (show picture) for the people to follow during the day and a fire pillar (show picture) for them to follow at night. When the cloud moved, the people moved. When the cloud stopped, the people stopped. God kept his people safe during their long, long walk. He was always with them, and he is always with you.

How did the people know which way to go? Who went with them on their trip?

The people were on a journey. When they lived in Egypt, Moses and his people had a problem. To make their lives better, they had to do something about it. They prayed to God and asked for help. God helped them so they could leave Egypt. Moses was afraid to be the leader, but Moses had to trust God’s plan for him. The people had to trust Moses as their leader and to follow his directions.

Who did Moses have to trust? Who did the people haven to trust?

When Moses trusted God, he helped him get the people out of Egypt. When the people trusted Moses, they escaped. It had to be hard to leave their homes and only take what they could quickly pack. They had to trust God’s plan for them. When we have a problem, we can ask for God’s help. God has a plan for us. God loves us. Never forget to show our love for God by following his rules: Love God. Love one another.

What can we do when we have a problem? Name two of God's rules.

ACTIVITY 1:
Let’s look at these two loaves of bread. How are they different? The flat bread did not rise, like the bread that the Jewish people took from Egypt. The bread did not have time to rise because the people were in a big hurry. Let’s thank God for this bread, then let’s taste the bread.

ACTIVITY 2:
What does the desert look like? (Show picture of a desert.)
Distribute tan paper. This piece of paper looks like the sand in the desert. We are going to pack for the long trip.
We are only going to take things we really need because we have to carry things and our animals have to carry things and we do not want them to work too hard because the sun will be very hot. Choose what you would pack from these pictures. Place some things in your backpack and others on the camel. Place the cloud pillar in the sky with a sun and the fire pillar with a moon. Finish your picture that tells the story of Moses leading his people out of Egypt with the markers or crayons.

Closing:

 

End with Prayer


 

Reviewer notes:

  • This is for YOUNGER CHILDREN and preschoolers.
  • Could be used as a Storyteller Workshop, or ART.
  • Story telling should be supplemented with more "things for the kids to do/see" to help with the retelling and keep their focus.

 

A lesson written by rotation.org member Kathryn.

 

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Parting of the Red Sea

Science Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

A simulation science experiment.

Scripture Reference:

Exodus 2-4.


Materials List:

  • Bibles
  • Small swimming pool
  • Bag or 2 of play sand
  • Water to fill swimming  pool
  • High velocity fan
  • Wood cut Moses and people figurines (as props)
  • Plastic tarp placed under swimming pool to collect extra water/sand

Teacher preparation:

  • 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.
  • For Science Experiment: place sand in the small swimming pool to create shores on both ends of the pool and make a land bridge of sand to go across the middle.  Fill the pool with water, just deep enough that it barely covers the land bridge.
  • Prepare the necessary materials.
  • Watch ABC News Report from YouTube that this science experiment is based upon https://www.youtube.com/embed/mt-9ihZsV2Y



Presentation

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 2-4 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 the story of the Exodus in other workshops.

1. Science Experiment – Parting the Red Sea

Scientists have proven that the parting of the Red Sea as described in Exodus 14:21-29 is scientifically possible in theory.  During this science experiment, kids will witness a simulation of how the parting of the Red Sea might have happened.

Ask:

  • When Moses and the Hebrews got to the Red Sea and knew that the Egyptian army was following them, they knew that they had to get across the Sea to escape Pharaoh.  What would have been some ways people might have tried to get across? (swim, build a bridge, sail across in a boat)
  • Why couldn’t the Hebrews have done any of these ideas? (people couldn’t swim that far, not enough time to build bridges or boats with the Egyptians right behind them)
  • How do you think that the people felt when there was no earthly way to get across the Red Sea (scared, angry, etc.)
  • Tell the people that Moses understood their anxiety and shared this word of promise with them: “Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.” Exodus 14:13 (Have kids repeat the memory verse with you a second time)

Pass out Bibles.  Have kids open the Bibles to Exodus 14:21-29, and take turns reading the story.  Note the “strong east wind”  in the passage as how God parted the Red Sea.  Tell the kids that we are going to simulate the crossing of the Red Sea.  Have kids gather around the swimming pool and turn on the high velocity fan to (hopefully) make the waters part.  Let kids have a chance to watch the “miracle” for a minute or two and respond, ask questions, etc.

Ask:

  • Is it important to you that scientists may have figured out how the Red Sea was parted?
  • How strong of a wind to you think would be needed to part the Red Sea?
  • What do you think caused the “strong east wind” that parted the Red Sea?  Was it natural?  Was it God? Why do you think the Israelites knew that God was behind this miracle?
  • Do you think God can work through nature today to do His will?  In what ways?
  • How much faith do you think it took for Moses to follow God's instructions to part the Red Sea?  How do you think you would have felt walking over ground where the Red Sea waters had just flowed prior to this miracle?
  • Why do you think the Israelites, led by Moses and Miriam, started to praise God for the miracle of the Parting of the Red Sea  (Exodus 15:1-21) once they had finished crossing over and the sea had closed back upon itself again?  Are there any things that you have seen that caused you to immediately sing to God in praise?  What were they?

 

A lesson written by Rev. Ron Shifley from: Scotland United Church of Christ
Scotland, SD, USA

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Life-Size Red Sea

 

We're creating a life-size display of the parting of the Red Sea to help the kids imagine what it might have been like.  Attached is the outline of our lesson

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Screen Shot from the bookI found a really cute book that tells the story of the Plagues from the frog's point of view. The information in the story is accurate to the telling in Exodus, and it has great illustrations. It is called "Hey God, I'm Having An Awful Vacation in Egypt Thanks To Moses!" by Troy Schmidt

ISBN 978-1-4336-7962-9

We are going to use it in our Storytelling workshop. 

 (Click on the image to see a larger version).

 


Image from Google Books added by Rotation.org moderator.

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The book "Green Plagues & Lamb", by Kathleen Long Bostrom.  It tells the story in Dr. Seuss style.  We did it with our intergenerational church program, and they loved it.  Here's a little bit: "That God-I-Am! That God-I-Am!  I do not like that God-I-Am!"  "May we go to Canaan-land?" "You may not go, Moses-man!"  It's really fun.

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