Materials: cardstock cut into a cloud and fire shapes, cotton balls, popsicles sticks, glue sticks
Directions: Help children glue the two shapes back to back with a popsicle stick in the middle. Have them color the fire side of the craft red, orange and yellow and glue cotton balls on the other side of the craft.
* God Led Moses
Materials: Map, Bible
Lead into story:
“If we were going on a trip but we didn’t know the way, we could use a map to help us. Maps help people find the way on a trip.” Open the Bible and say, “Now listen to a Bible story about a trip Moses and God’s people took. They did not have a map. How did they know where to go? Let’s find out.”
One dark, dark night in the land of Egypt, Pharaoh was still awake. Step, step, step. Pharaoh was worried. He wanted to talk to Moses right away.
When Moses came, Pharaoh said, “Moses, take God’s people. Take your animals. Get out of Egypt- and hurry up!”
What good news! Moses hurried to join God’s people. God’s people took their clothes. They took their cooking dishes. They took some food. (Pretend to pack)
God’s people lined up their sheep. They lined up their cows. They lined up their donkeys. (Have the children make each animal sound.) And, they lined up their families.
March, march. Walk, walk. Moses and the Israelites began their trip. But how would Moses know which way to go?
God helped lead the people. In the daytime God placed a big cloud in front of the people. (Have the children use their crafts.) The cloud always moved in the right direction. Moses and the people followed God’s cloud.
Sometimes, God’s people traveled at night. March, march. Walk, walk. But at night it was too dark to see God’s cloud. At night the God turned the cloud into fire. The people could see God’s fire in the dark night sky. The fire always moved in the right direction. Moses and the people followed God’s fire.
God helped Moses know the right way to lead the people. God helped Moses lead the people to their new home.
Ask: Who told God’s people to leave Egypt? (Pharaoh)
Who led the people? (Moses)
Who followed Moses? (Israelites)
What did God send to lead the people every day? (Cloud)
What did God send to lead the people every night? (Fire)
*Radiant Life. “God Leads Moses.” October 19, 2003. Pg. 51-52.
MusicGroup Music Time
Materials needed: salt, pepper, saucer, plastic spoon
To do: Pour a small mound of salt (about 1/4 of a teaspoon), representing God’s people into the middle of the saucer. Then, drop a very small amount of pepper over the mound of salt. The pepper represents not knowing the future or where you are going on a trip. Next, rub a plastic spoon vigorously over a piece of clothing to create static electricity. Then, wave the spoon over the mound, and the pepper will attach itself to the spoon, like doubt of the future removed from God’s people when he led them out of Egypt.
To say: God led Moses and His people out of Egypt by using a cloud and fire as a guide. Before they left, Moses and the Israelites may have been afraid because they had no map and weren’t sure which way to go. They had to fully trust God. This saucer represents the world, which we all live in. I am going to take some salt and place it on the world. This salt represents God’s people. Next, I’ll put some pepper in, which represents the fear God’s people might have been feeling.
How can we remove the fear?
It may seem impossible, but God can do miraculous things. Let me show you. Rub the plastic spoon vigorously over a piece of clothing to create static electricity. Then, wave the spoon over the mound, and the pepper will attach itself to the spoon.
Just like God led the people out of Egypt with the cloud and fire, He still leads us today. He gives us a map and directions (the Bible), even when it seems like we don’t know the way to go. We have to trust in God and ask for His direction and help.
Seed: Use the cloud/fire craft we made this week and review the story about God Leading Moses out of Egypt.
Sprout: Play follow the leader around your house or outside as a family and have the leader play Moses. Take turns being Moses and the Israelites.
Fruit: Review the memory verse:
“Our God is a God that saves.” Psalm 68:20