Season of the Church Year: Common Time/ “Great Green Growing” Season (green)
Story in Scripture: Exodus 1:1- 15:21
The story of Exodus is a powerful one. It reminds us that God is not only sovereign & powerful, but he is also loving & patient. It is difficult for most children in our community to even imagine what it might be like to be truly hungry. Thankfully, the concept of being held captive in slavery is also nearly impossible for them to imagine. But the story of Exodus is a beautiful illustration that God is there to lead us out of captivity- either slavery of sin or slavery of physical chains. God led his people through terrifying and uncertain times; he provided them with the security and the care that they needed along the way. He provides the same for us, even if it may look differently. As we shared this story with the children today, we provided an overview of many of the events that took place during the time period described in the book of Exodus. Be encouraged to continue reading and learning alongside your child about these stories. We have many resources here at the church that you are welcome to borrow. Most importantly, talk with your child about the power of God to free us through the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ.
Guiding Questions for Discussion:
Now I wonder how it feels to be hungry and not have any food? I wonder how the parents felt when they didn’t have any food to feed their children? I wonder how it feels if the only way to get food is to be a slave?
I wonder if you have ever been near a place like this, trapped, and someone freed you?
I wonder how it felt when the firstborn of the Egyptians died and but death passed over the people of God?
I wonder how it felt when God led them through the water to freedom?
Now that the people of God are free, I wonder which way they will go?
I wonder how they will know the way?
“Dear God, thank you for the ways that you have stood by your people for so long. I am so glad these stories are here to remind me that you are powerful, loving, and in control. Thank you for caring for us and providing what we need. I love you and am glad to be a part of your family. Amen.”