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This lesson follows the format of FAITH5. The format can be used in a simple way for family devotions—as a bedtime ritual, at a meal time, or another time when your family is together. We encourage you to establish this pattern in your home, especially during the weeks when we cannot be together. Part 1 of 5: SHARE Take a few minutes and have everyone share their “highs and lows” from the day or the past few days. What are things that have made you happy? What are things that made you sad or frustrated? Are there things you are worried about? You might want to write these down on a paper or in a notebook to refer back to later. We will pray for all of these things at the end of the lesson. Part 2 of 5: READ Today we hear the story of Moses as read by Miss Karyn.
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Part 3 of 5: TALK (and do) Things to talk about:
What do you think about God sending the plagues?
If you were Pharaoh, which plague do you think would have made you let the people go?
How do you think the Israelites felt as they saw the plagues happen?
Look up Joshua 1:9 in your Bible. How does the story of the plagues and the Passover remind us to be strong and courageous?
1) Grab 10 lunch sacks, so your child can create a puppet for each plague. Your child can decorate the sacks with as much detail as they want.
The Nile changes to blood – color the sack red
Frogs – color the sack green, add eyes & a tongue
Gnats – draw several small black circles with tiny legs all over the sack
Flies – color the sack black, add large eyes and white wings
Livestock – color the sack white, add large black spots and eyes to look like a cow
Boils – color red dots all over the sack and then place a few Band-Aids over the dots.
Hail – glue white cotton balls over the sack
Bugs – choose any crayon to color the sack, add paper wings and pipe cleaners antennae
Darkness – color the sack black
Death of first born – draw a sad face on the sack.
After your child has finished the sacks, call out a plague, have your child choose the correct puppet and say, “God is All Powerful.”
2) Get a fun coloring page to print and review the story.
3) When Pharaoh let the people go they needed to pack and leave in a hurry. Make a list of things you would need to pack when you take a trip. Now use that list as a scavenger hunt around your house. How quickly can you find and check off all of these items?
4) Several plagues involved critters and creepy-crawly things. Look around your backyard for insects, frogs, or other creatures. If you have one, use a magnifying glass to get a closer look. These things are fun to look at one or two at a time. Imagine what it would have been like to have the ground covered with them!
5) Look up origami patterns that make you think if the different plagues--there are instructions available for all kinds of bugs, grasshoppers, and cows. Here is one for a fun jumping frog.
Part 4 of 5: PRAY
Close with prayer together. Pray about the highs and lows shared at the beginning of your time together. Part 5 of 5: BLESS
Close by gathering everyone in a circle and blessing each other. Make the cross on each other’s foreheads and speak a simple blessing, or if you wish you can use the words from the baptism service: “You are sealed with the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.”