Sunday School Teacher's Guide - this is just one possible lesson plan. Visit the Moses Section for further ideas to supplement this.
This second lesson in the series is titled Moses the shepherd. First it shows God's compassion on His people, the Israelites. He wants to save them from their slave masters, and needs Moses to trust Him. Then we see Moses struggle with accepting the task because he is just a regular person (a shepherd), who maybe doesn't feel worthy or 'special enough' to save the Israelites. Moses will learn as the story progresses that he is God's instrument, and He can use anybody for His purpose. We are all special and should be ready for God to call us into duty.
Preschool thru Grade 1: God saved Moses. Now God asks Moses to help
him save others.
Grades 2 and 3: God will save His people through Moses.
I've split this message into two separate ones depending on the age level. For the younger children, the message is about how God will use Moses now that He saved him, and reluctantly Moses accepts the task to save the Israelites in Egypt. Make sure you repeat the message many times during the lesson.
For the older children, we expand on this message and say that God can work through Moses, as He can work in any of us. Send the "Moses the Shepherd" Take Home Sheet home with the children to encourage parents to discuss the message during the week. It includes a poster at the bottom that the children can color and hang on their wall or refrigerator.
Preview of the lesson:
Some people like to do craft time first and story time second and some like to switch it around. I like the first option, myself.
Always consider offering Coloring Pages or the Ancient Egypt Coloring Pages for children who aren't interested in participating in the group activity (or if you get done the group activities very quickly and need something to fill in the spare time). Everyone has a need for "alone time" once in awhile. Also, sending home the coloring pages with the Take Home sheet provides parents with much needed help in reinforcing the lessons. You can make a nice little booklet each week with the take home sheet on top -- I promise that most parents will appreciate the effort!
Receive name tags. Have the children use crayons, markers, yarn, cotton balls and whatever other materials (such as wiggly eyes or buttons) you have available to personalize their name tag.
Sing the Learning our Names song
|15 to 20 minutes||Burning bush name tags, or sheep name tags. scissors (or adults can precut), crayons, markers, yarn, safety pins or tape.|
Preschool thru Grade 1: Make the Easy Lamb craft. Moses was a shepherd so this craft will help the children remember that he was just a regular person before he saved the Israelites (with God's help of course). Another option would be to make the Shepherd tp craft if you prefer that instead.
Grade 2 and 3: Make the Sand paper art. You can get the kids to draw what they like, but I thought this craft could emphasize Moses going to Egypt. They could draw pyramids, or Egyptian people, or a collage of drawings relating to the story (burning bush, sheep, Moses' staff, etc.).
|15 to 30 minutes
depending on your
Preschool thru Grade 1: Easy Lamb Craft. printer, paper, glue, scissors, paper plate or plastic lid, of cardboard cut in a circle, cotton balls or batting.
Grade 2 and 3: Sand paper art. course sand paper, crayons.
Bible Story Time:
Preschool thru Grade 1: Read the Children's Version of Moses the Shepherd. (or read from your own store bought children's bible).
Grade 2 and 3: it's tough to know when it's the right time to start readings from the Bible, but if the children have been read a children's version of the story in the past, I believe this is a good age to introduce the King James (or your preferred) bible reading.
|10 minutes||Our Coloring Pages can be distributed to the children so can color during the story or at home this week.|
Preschool thru Grade 1: Depending on the time remaining, help the children to brainstorm about what it would be like if God talked to us in burning bushes, or just talk to us like a regular person. What would God say to us? When we feel like we've done something wrong or feel like we should be helping someone, that is God speaking to us in His special way. Do we listen when God whispers to us inside? We should.
Grade 2 and 3: Depending on the time remaining, allow the children to discuss what it means to have God work 'through' you. How can we get God's help when we need the right words to say or when we're stuck in a bad situation (kids being bullies, peer pressure). God can work through us no matter, no matter what you've done in the past.
All Grades: For a snack have the Honey Spread. The story mentions that God will deliver the Israelites to a land flowing with milk and honey. Add some milk to drink as part of the story.
Standard ending song: "We Love to Learn Together"
|5 to 15 minutes||Brainstorm Board (chalkboard, whiteboard, posterboard,...)
Standard ending song: "We Love to Learn Together"
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