The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.
Can you imagine what it would be like to be a slave? Imagine having to work from the moment the sun came up until it was too dark to see. Imagine having to do all the hard, nasty, smelly jobs that no-one else wants to do. Imagine being hit with a stick if you didn’t do enough work, or stopped to rest, or were too exhausted to keep working and just collapsed. What do you think you would want most in the world?
Game: All the fishes in the sea
All the children in your group should sit in a circle facing outwards. In order name the children Cod, Mackerel, Herring, Plaice, Cod, Mackerel, Herring, Plaice, Cod… etc. When a type of fish (“Herring”) is called out by the leader all of that kind of fish (the herrings) should run round the outside of the circle back to their space and sit down. If they need a competitive element the last child to sit in their space is out. If the leader shouts “tides turn” the fish turn and run the other way round the circle. If the leader shouts “stormy seas” They should jump rather than run. If the leader shouts “shark’s coming” at which point, all runners lie on their backs and wave arms and legs in the air (or just arms if wearing skirts) until leader says “shark’s gone” at which they continue round. If the leader shouts “all the fishes in the sea” everybody runs and there is chaos!
Game: Stuck in the mud
Run around! One person is ‘it’ anyone they touch gets stuck and has to stay in the same place with their arms out and legs apart. They can be rescued by a saviour who has to crawl in between their legs or run under their arms. (Choose an option based on the physical ability of the group/relative sizes of children/how many of them are wearing skirts.)
Learn Exodus 2:25 You can decode the heiroglyphs to find out what it says: Ex2v25 Hieroglyphics
You’ll need some blue or green sheets, scarves and duvet covers for this. Lie them in a space on the floor so that they look like a sea (or at least look like a sea if you know what it is supposed to be). You will want to think about how you lay them out so that they can be split into two and held up vertcally.Split your kids into two groups. Get the ‘Israelites’ to follow ‘Moses’ and someone being a pillar of fire (waving red/orange scarves) out of Egypt towards the sea with the Egyptians chasing them (but not catching them up yet).
Israelite: Why have you bought us out here? Just to die?!
Moses: Wait and see, God will rescue us.
The pillar of fire moves round to the back of the Israelites between them and the Egyptians (you may want two people to operate the scarves at this point).
God: Raise your staff and stretch your hand out over the water. I will make a way for the Israelites be rescued.
Moses does as God tells him and the sea splits into two walls. The Israelites walk through. The pillar of fire stays where it is.
God: Stretch out your hand again and the waters will flow back and cover the Egyptians.
The pillar of fire moves and the Egyptians rush around panicking and run to where the sea was when the water comes down and they all drown.
Two talks with the same ending. This one God shows his people the way is a little more interactive (hold up cards or have on powerpoint the words the kids are saying and when to thunder and when to blow) and covers just the red sea escape.
This second talk Red Sea escape story covers the slavery of the Israelites and the plagues leading to the escape through the red sea.
Plague bingo is quite fun! You’ll need lots of pictures of the nine plagues. Get the kids to pick six out of a bag at random, it doesn’t matter if some of them are the same. Then pull pictures at random out of the bag and show and shout out the plague. If a kid has that plague they can turn over one of those pictures. If they don’t have that plague they don’t turn over a picture that time. When a kid has turned over all six pictures they have won.
Or colour in this comic strip of Moses birth.
All through History – Nick and Becky Drake: Big Family of God
(You can buy it here and they’ve helpfully come up with their own actions in this video)
Super Saviour – Colin Buchanan: Super Saviour
Worship the God who can do A-M-A-Z-I-N-G things.
Own up for the times you have disobeyed and done things you know he doesn’t want.
Thank him for making a way (through Jesus) for you to be free from sin.
Ask him for help living as a free man not a slave.