Children’s Devotion Time: Midwives in Egypt

Children’s Devotion Time:  October 13, 2019

This fall we are using Illustrated Children’s Ministry Compassion Family Devotions to guide our time together. You can purchase a copy for your group here:

1.  Large Group Story:  Read the story out loud with the group, taking time to look at the pictures in the leaflet as you go. (Use Story Time from “Shiphrah and Puah’s Courage” pg. 19 and pictures on pg. 21-23)

2.  Large Group Song:  Saved By Grace (chords: DAGA) Sing the song together.

Sa-a-a-a-a-a-aved by grace (woo hoo, hoo, hoo)
Throo-oo-oo-ough our faith (through our faith, yeah!)

Sa-a-a-a-a-a-aved by grace (woo hoo, hoo, hoo)
Throo-oo-oo-ough our faith (through our faith, yeah!)

G-R-A-C-E e,
we will worship you faithfully e,
we will live eterna-na-nally.
What a life for you and me!

Sa-a-a-a-a-a-aved by grace (woo hoo, hoo, hoo)
Throo-oo-oo-ough our faith (through our faith, yeah!)

Sa-a-a-a-a-a-aved by grace (woo hoo, hoo, hoo)
Throo-oo-oo-ough our faith (through our faith, yeah!)

3.  Leaflet in pairs:  Work in pairs on the activities on the back of the leaflet. (Use Imagining Together from page 19-20 and pictures from pg. 21-23)

4.  Craft Project:  As the pairs finish their work, invite them to work on the craft project.

CRAFT PROJECT—Woven Baby Baskets

For this craft, I was inspired by this recycled plastic bottle weaving craft:  https://www.kitchentableclassroom.com/weaving-for-kids-a-recycled-plastic-bottle-craft/

You can learn how to make the t-shirt yarn used in this project here:  https://www.kitchentableclassroom.com/how-to-make-t-shirt-yarn/

I wanted to make a basket instead of a pencil cup for this craft, so I went to the dollar store, and found a single serve Rice-A-Roni container that was the right size and shape.  One of the flavors was on sale for $1, so that’s the one I chose.  Remove the top and contents, wipe out the container, remove the label, and then follow the instructions from the first post, above.

As you weave, remind them about the story they just learned, and then tell them about how the story leads to Moses.  After Pharaoh ordered the babies thrown into the river, Moses’ mother kept her son safe and hidden in a basket until he was too big to hide.  Then, she put him in the river in the basket, and a princess found him and raised him as her own.  Many people worked to keep the babies safe in that time.

When you have finished weaving, add something soft for the baby to lay in (we used fleece scraps left over from another project), and add a baby (you could use a mini doll or a wooden doll, as shown in the picture).

5.  Large Group Prayer:  Use the provided prayer in a repeat-after-me fashion.

Dear God, thank you for the story
of the midwives in Egypt
and the way that they helped the babies
and moms who were in trouble.
Help us to have compassion
for those who need our help. Amen.

A Baby and a Bush: Exodus 1-4

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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

Bible App for 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:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+1%3A6-2%3A15%2C+3%3A1-15%2C+4%3A1-17&version=ERV

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.