Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed
Note: Today's lesson is based on Exodus 19:2-8a in the Lectionary readings.
Big Idea: God helps His people
Story: "Free from Slavery" | Spark Story Bible, pg. 76
Ask: Does anyone remember what we talked about last week? (God's promise to Abraham). Did you hear the name "Abraham" in today's story?
What does God say about Abraham? (That He would keep His promise and bring His people back to the land He promised Abraham)
Let's watch a video that shows how God kept His promise...
Lesson Video | Moses and The Exodus
Ask: What happened in the video?
Gid promised Abraham that Abraham's children would be God's people. But Abraham's family ended up as slaves in Egypt. Do you think they would have felt like God was keeping His promise to them? ... Why or why not?
If someone promises something, do they always do it right away?
Do you think the people in Egypt might have thought that God forgot about His promise?
Say: God had a plan to make Abraham's family His people. But if you were far away from the land God had promised to your family and the Egyptians were making you work really hard and being mean to you for a really long time, you might feel like God forgot about you.
But God never forgets about us. Even today, He remembers us and is with us. Every Sunday, when we have Communion, Jesus is with us in the bread and the wine because He promised He would be. The Holy Spirit is also with us all the time, just like Jesus promised. God never forgets us or His promises to us, but soemtimes, we can forget God.
Let's thank God for remembering His promises!
Song for Kids: Abraham, Faithful One
Activity Sheets or Play
After the song, hand out the activity sheets. Younger children are welcome to play with the Duplos (encourage them to play out a story that fits with the lesson).
End with the Lord's Prayer when the Usher comes to let you know the prayers have started.
(If you need more time)
Go around the room and ask the children to share something they are thankful for this week.
Ask them if there is anything or anyone they would like to pray for this week.