Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about your servant Moses. Help our time together to be holy time. In your name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: Exodus 1:6-2:15, 3:1-15, 4:1-17
My family is continuing to discover the Bible App for Kids. It is fabulous and free! This summer, when I don’t have other ideas, we are definitely going to start here for Family God Time. It is available on itunes, Google Play, and Amazon. You can download a copy here: https://www.bible.com/kids
This week, we did the story, “A Baby and a Bush,” which tells the story of the childhood and call of Moses. This app includes the story, interactive pieces, and questions to ponder. Go through it together as a family. In my family, we have to take turns interacting with the story, or they crash the app. Each child gets a turn, switching every time we “turn the page.”
If you do not have access to this app, you can read the story together here:
Discuss as a family:
After reading this story, what questions do you have? What details stand out for you? What is your favorite part of this story? What stories from your own life does this story remind you of? What is God doing here?
Song: Pharoah, Pharoah
For me, it’s not summer until this old favorite makes the rounds. Enjoy!
Activity: Pass the Basket
It has finally gotten hot here, so my kids have been spending a lot of time in the pool. One of their favorite “pool toys” is a Little Tykes picnic basket. One day, they were floating it on the surface of the pool and passing it back and forth, and it reminded me of the story we had just learned from Exodus. I introduced it as a game, and now it has stuck. My girls take turns, one being the princess who rescues baby Moses, one being Miriam, Moses’ smart sister, and one making crying baby noises on behalf of the pretend “baby” in the real basket. They pass it back and forth across the pool, saying, “Here you go, Princess” and “Here you go, Miriam,” trying to get it to go farther and farther without sinking the basket. It is another game that I have introduced once and they have replicated multiple times, and helps them to remember the story even when we are not formally doing God Time. I hope your kids enjoy it, too! (If it is not hot where you live at this time of year, this could easily be a bath time game with a smaller bowl for a basket.)
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Dear God, we thank you that for holy time together as a family. Thank you for creating us and all that exists. Help us to remember that you think it is all very good! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.