To show the children that God has power over his creation.
You will need:
- Simple picture clues drawn either on acetates or on large sheets of paper
- A stick to represent the one Moses had (You could use a walking stick.)
- Two large flash cards: ‘Egyptians’ and ‘Israelites’
- A cassette player and tape of God’s words to Moses
- Prepare simple picture clues on paper, similar to the game ‘Dingbats’. Examples: Bluebell (draw a bell and colour it blue), Happy Birthday (draw a smiley face followed by a birthday cake), Baa baa black sheep (draw Babar the elephant followed by a sheep coloured in black), Red Sea (draw the letter ‘C’ and colour it red).
- Prepare the two flash cards, ‘Egyptians’ and ‘Israelites’
- Record on a cassette tape God’s words to Moses in Exodus 14:16. ‘Moses, lift up your stick and hold it out over the sea. The water will divide, and the Israelites will be able to walk through the sea on dry ground.’
- If possible, before the assembly begins conceal the tape recorder and have a teacher lined up to operate this on cue.
- Have fun playing the picture clue game, where the children must say what they see. Do one or two for them until they grasp how to play. End with the red ‘C’.
- Use this last clue to lead into the story. Ask the children if they know where the Red Sea is.
- Begin with the background: The Israelites, God’s special people, had been slaves in Egypt. The Pharaoh, who was like the king, had decided to let them go free, so they had set out into the desert and reached the Red Sea. The Pharaoh changed his mind and chased them with his great army. The Israelites were trapped. They turned to Moses their leader in panic.
- Choose a group of children to be Israelites and a group to be Egyptians, one child from each group holding up the appropriate flash card. Choose a child to be Moses.
- Tell the story from Exodus 14 very simply, using the children to act it out as you go and using the tape recording at the appropriate point.
- Ask the children how Moses and the Israelites must have felt when they realised they were trapped.
- Point out to the children that they prayed to God for help and he rescued them. What did he do?
Time to reflect
- Ask the children to be very still and close their eyes for a few moments and to think how powerful God must be to have done this.
- Remind them that God made the world and everything in it. He can tell seas what to do!
How did Moses cross the Red Sea? 83, Junior Praise