This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.
Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.
We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!
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Let’s find out more about God’s Promises!
Today’s aim is to learn that Moses was special to God and he promised to take care of him. We are special to God too and he cares for us.
Make it special: Why not start your time off by sharing some of God’s promises together: help your child to say them after you: ‘God will never leave me’, ‘Jesus will always love me’, ‘God has a plan for me’ and share other promises God has made. He never forgets his promises to us; He always keeps them!
WORSHIP (5-6 MINS)
Let’s celebrate the promise giver!
You could use these songs or any of your own favourites
INTRO (8 MIN)
Here’s Sarah with an introduction and story about Abraham!
EXPLORE THE STORY TOGETHER (3-4 MINS)
Watch the story below or read from one of these:
- Candle Bible for Toddlers p90-95
- The Toddlers Bible p81 (very short)
- Lion First Bible p92 (longer version)
UNPACK THE STORY (2 MINS)
- God had a plan for Moses, he cared for him and looked after him.
- Chat about who looked after Moses: his mother, his sister Miriam, the princess, Daddy God.
- God promises to look after us too. We are special to him; he has a plan for us too.
- Who does God give to us to look after us? Talk about family, friends, and safe adults who care for us and keep us safe – remember when we thought about this a few weeks ago?
SHOUT OUT (2 MINS)
Say this to your child: WHO KEEPS HIS PROMISES?
Help your child to answer: GOD DOES!
Keep saying it with different voices; robot, squeaky mice, silly monster…
FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)
Create: A baby in a basket! Either use a bun case or the circle on the pdf template as the basket and decorate. Stick the mini Moses figure from the template in the middle.
Cut 1 or 2 thin strips of paper 10-15cm long and stick each end onto the edge of the ‘basket’ so they go over the top of it to make handles.
OR use several strips of paper and fold concertina style and stick all around the edge of the basket: see pdf template for ideas.
Colouring sheets of Moses
Explore: Make a glitter bottle or grab your ocean bottle from two weeks ago! Shake it and imagine baby Moses in his basket bobbing in the river. Daddy God promised to look after him and he did!
How to make a glitter bottle: half fill a plastic bottle with warm water (not too hot!), add any glitter glue, glitter and sequins you may have OR you could use sand and small shells/pebbles. Give it a really good shake so it’s all mixed in, then top up with water and superglue the lid shut!
Play: with water and different objects to see which sink or float. Chat about how Baby Moses’ basket floated in the water. You could get creative and make a floating basket for one of the mini baby pictures on the pdf template.
Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, tape, paper, pens, glue, small bottle, superglue, glitter glue/glitter/sequins/sand/pebbles, water and objects to sink or float.
PRAYER TIME IDEAS (5 MINS)
SHOUT OUT: WHO KEEPS HIS PROMISES? GOD DOES!
- Thank God that he cares for us and promises to look after us. Tell your child that they are special to you and God – he will look after and care for them! Pray for them to know this as a strong building block in their life as they grow up.
- Thank God for our families and friends who keep us safe. Pray for your child to receive God’s love and peace. They could close their eyes, snuggle up to you or with a favourite toy and imagine they are being held by God’s hands or sitting on his lap or floating in the basket on the water…
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