Our program is currently looking for new leadership. The Godly Play Coordinator sets the schedule for the year, monitors classroom materials, and helps find coverage for each Sunday. It is not a time-intensive role but it is an important one. After teaching Sunday School at Elim for almost nine years, I am stepping down as a teacher next year. I would love to find someone to transition into my role over this current year.
And now for Exodus!
This Sunday, we are revisiting our Exodus story. This is the Desert Box story that I see the children recreate more than any other.
The story can be condensed as follows:
"When the people of God came into the land of Egypt, they found food and work, but the Pharaoh trapped them. They could not go home again. They had to do everything that Pharaoh said. They were slaves.
One of the people, whose name was Moses, came to Pharaoh and said, "Let my people go." The Pharaoh said, "No."
Moses went back many times to tell Pharaoh to let his people go, but the Pharaoh always said, "no."
Then something terrible happened. The oldest boy in each Egyptian family, even in the family of the Pharaoh, died. The oldest boys in the families of the People of God did not die, because the people made a mark on the doors of their houses, and the Angel of Death passed over them.
When Moses went back this time and said, "Let my people go," the Pharaoh said, "Yes."
The people quickly packed all they could carry. They baked bread for the journey. They left as fast as they could. Suddenly, they heard the sound they did not want to hear. The Pharaoh's army was coming after them! The army pushed the people against the water. What could they do?
God came so close to Moses and Moses came so close to God that he knew how to take the people through the water into freedom. When all the people were safe on the other side, the water closed behind them and they were free! The army of the Pharaoh could not get them.
Now all the people were free on the other side. They were so happy they just had to give thanks to God, and Miriam, Moses' sister, led the dancing!"
As we close each storytelling session, we have wondering time where we can think further about the story as a group.
Some wondering questions to try at home:
- I wonder what part of this story you liked best?
- I wonder what part is the most important?
- I wonder where you are in the story? What part of the story is about you?
Remember. This is not a time to quiz children on what they may or may not recall about the lesson. Rather, it is an opportunity to be quietly present as the children share their own experience.
You can view a video presentation of this lesson here.
Next week, we will learn about the Ten Best Ways (also known as the Ten Commandments!)