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LESSON SNAPSHOT

BOTTOM LINE:

God can use kids to help others.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will learn that they are not too young to serve others.

KEY PASSAGE:

Exodus 2:1-10, Miriam Saves Baby Moses

MEMORY VERSE:

“I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:13 (NIrV)

SUMMARY:

Sometimes we think that we have to be a grown up before we can care for and protect others. But kids will learn that God can use them to help others right now.

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Show us where we are needed so that we can serve others.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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MEMORY VERSE

“I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

“I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:13 (NIrV)

LARGE GROUP:

Play a rap/hip-hop beat on the drums, and rap the memory verse for the kids, then have them repeat it back to you. Repeat until they all know it well.

SMALL GROUP:

Give each kid one word of the memory verse. They have to remember their word and then they all have to stand up and line up in order, so that when they say their word from left to right they will have said the memory verse.

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SKIT

MY BROTHER IS OKAY

ITEMS NEEDED:

None

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: 2F

CHARACTERS:

Jochebed- Moses’ mother Miriam- Moses’ sister

This scene can be performed as a scene taking place in a house, or it can be done with both characters speaking directly to the audience as if they were looking at one another.

MIRIAM: Mother?

JOCHEBED: Miriam? Where’s you brother?

MIRIAM: Mom, I have something to tell you.

JOCHEBED: Where’s your brother?

MIRIAM: He’s okay, Mom.

JOCHEBED: Where is he?

MIRIAM: Just listen, Mom. I need to tell you what happened.

JOCHEBED: All right.

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SKIT

MIRIAM: Yes.

MIRIAM: I took him down to the river, just like you told me. I set the basket in the water. He went right to sleep.

JOCHEBED: Did you hide him well?

MIRIAM: Of course. But after an hour, he started crying.

JOCHEBED: Did you rock him?

MIRIAM: I couldn’t.

JOCHEBED: Why not?

MIRIAM: Because the princess was there.

JOCHEBED: The princess? Pharaoh’s daughter?

MIRIAM: Mom, calm down. It was just her and her servants. No bodyguards, no soldiers.

JOCHEBED: Did she find him?

JOCHEBED: Oh no!

MIRIAM: Mom, it’s okay. I heard it all. She knew he was one of us, and she told her maids not to tell anyone she was adopting him.

JOCHEBED: She what?

MIRIAM: She wants to raise him in the palace.

JOCHEBED: Praise God, my baby, he’s going to live!

MIRIAM: Mom, there’s more. The princess asked me to find a nursemaid, someone to help raise him. I told him I knew someone.

JOCHEBED: What does she want me to do?

MIRIAM: You’re going to the palace, to raise your son.

JOCHEBED: I guess I better get my things.

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SKIT

SKIT

MIRIAM: I’ll help you.

JOCHEBED: Miriam… thank you.

MIRIAM: For what?

JOCHEBED: For taking care of your brother.

MIRIAM: I’m just doing what you taught us, Mom.

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OBJECT LESSON OR KIDS SERMON

ITEM NEEDED:

A baby doll

How many of you girls have a baby doll? How many of you have more than one baby doll?

What are some of the things you do when you play with baby dolls?

Have any boys played with a baby doll? It’s okay, be honest!

Baby dolls are more than just a play thing. They are practice. When you all are bigger - and this goes for you boys too - many of you will become parents. Baby dolls are a way to practice and copy the things you see your parents doing for you and your siblings. They teach you how to feed, dress, and care for a baby, long before you’ll do it for real.

It’s good to practice serving others when you’re playing with dolls, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to serve others now. All of you have parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and teachers. Every day, you see people who need help. Sometimes people need a hand picking up something they dropped. Sometimes they need more. Just because you’re a kid doesn’t mean you can’t help.

God’s going to use you to do great things when you are bigger, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait. Start today. Look for the little things you can do to lend a hand, and then do them. Even kids can be a big help if they are willing.

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LARGE GROUP GAME

BABY SITTER RELAY

ITEMS NEEDED:

Two baby dolls, baby doll clothes, baby doll diapers, baby doll bottles

INSTRUCTIONS:

Choose two teams of four. Have each team stand in a line. The teams will work togeth- er to take care of a baby doll.

Hand a baby doll in just a diaper to the first team member on each team with a toy baby bottle that drains like it is being drunk. When the race begins, the first person will “feed” the baby bottle to the baby doll. They will then hand off to the second person, who will remove the baby’s diaper. The third person will put a new diaper on the baby. The last person will then put on an outfit. The first team to finish wins.

VARIATION:

This can also be a one person race, or it can simply be a race to change a baby doll diaper.

WHAT’S THE POINT? You don’t have to be a grown up to help or care for others. You can do it even as a kid.

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LARGE GROUP LESSON

BOTTOM LINE:

God can use kids to help others.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will learn they are not too young to serve others.

KEY PASSAGE:

Exodus 2:1-10, Miriam Saves Baby Moses

INTRO How many of you in here are an only child, the youngest, or the baby of the family? Let me see your hands.

You lucky kids. You have no idea how good you have it. You see, all you youngest kids, you will never hear your Mom or Dad say, “Why can’t you help out with your baby broth- er or sister?” You are the baby! You never had to take a dirty diaper to the trash or feed a baby or wipe up a mess they made. You had it easy.

As for all of you older kids… well, you actually have an advantage your younger siblings don’t have. Do you know what that is? Experience. You, unlike your younger siblings, have already had the opportunity to help care for someone else. You’ve helped Mom and Dad with the baby. You helped that baby learn to eat, to crawl, to walk, to play. And while no one in here is ready to be a parent, you older kids know a few things about what it takes to be a parent.

Today, as we continue our Kids in the Bible series, we’re going to talk about helping others. We’re going to talk about helping with baby brothers, but also helping anyone in need. God made each of you to be smart, capable helpers, and even though you’re not grown ups, you can all lend a hand to people in need.

Today’s story is about a big sister who helped out with her baby brother. This wasn’t just cleaning up baby barf or disposing diapers. This was life or death.

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LARGE GROUP LESSON

READ EXODUS 2:1-10

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The Israelites were slaves in Egypt, and the wicked Pharaoh had ordered his soldiers to kill every male child born to an Israelite. A young girl named Miriam was given the job of protecting her brother. This is her story.

MAIN POINT Miriam was just a girl. Had she come across some soldiers, she would have been help- less to stop them from murdering her brother. Yet Miriam did what she did out of love for her family. She was the one who took Moses to the river and hid him. She was also the one who ran and got her own mother, Moses’ mother, to be the baby’s nursemaid in Pharaoh’s palace.

Miriam was more than just a great big sister. She’s an example for all of us. No matter how young we are, we can be a help to someone in need. We can care for younger brothers and sisters. We can also care for other people. We can care for anyone in need that God puts in our path. All we need is a willing heart.

DRIVE IT HOME One of the first ways we learn to serve others is by doing chores at home. It may seem boring and annoying to you to have to do dishes, sweep the kitchen, scrub the toilets, or vacuum the rugs, but doing chores is a way of helping. Moms and Dads work hard to take care of their kids, and helping around the house is a way to give back and serve the ones who have served you.

If you have younger siblings, helping them is another way to serve. Changing diapers, picking up toys, even playing with them can be a big help to your mom and dad as well as your little brother or sister.

Helping others isn’t just an at home activity. Look around you. Is there an elderly neigh- bor who needs help cleaning the yard or walking the dog? Is there a grandparent who could use some help around the house? And what about your friends at school? Why not help someone with homework? Or help a teacher get the classroom clean at the end of the day?

As you grow older, your opportunities for helping others will grow, but don’t let anyone try and tell you that right now you are too young. Serving others takes open eyes and a willing heart. Look for people in need. Look for things that need to be done. Then do it. Step up, lend a hand. Serve your family, your friends, and your neighbors. God will use your service to spread his love to others, one person at a time.

LARGE GROUP LESSON

CLOSE WITH A SIMPLE PRAYER Dear God,

Show us where we are needed so that we can serve others.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (K-2ND)

ICEBREAKER What chores do you do around the house?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY Philippians 4:13 Give each kid one word of the memory verse. They have to remember their word and then they all have to stand up and line up in order, so that when they say their word from left to right they will have said the memory verse.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY Have the kids pose in snapshots, recreating different moments from the story in Exodus 2 as you re-read the story.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Read Exodus 2:1-10

Why did Miriam and her mother have to hide the baby?

Where did they hide the baby?

Who found the baby?

What did the princess decide to do with the baby?

How did Miriam help reunite her brother with his mother?

SIMPLE PRAYER Dear God, Use us to help our families and others. Show us where we are needed, and give us the heart to serve always. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (3-5TH)

ICEBREAKER What chores do you do around the house?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY Philippians 4:13 Give each kid one word of the memory verse. They have to remember their word and then they all have to stand up and line up in order, so that when they say their word from left to right they will have said the memory verse.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY Have the kids pose in snapshots, recreating different moments from the story in Exodus 2 as you re-read the story.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Read Exodus 2:1-10 Why did Miriam and her mother have to hide the baby?

Who found the baby, and what did she do with him?

How did Miriam help reunite her brother with his mother?

Why is it important to serve others?

As kids, what are some things you can do to serve others in need?

SIMPLE PRAYER Dear God, Use us to help our families and others. Show us where we are needed, and give us the heart to serve always. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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POWERPOINT REVIEW GAME

Who was the young girl who had to hide her baby brother? MIRIAM

Where did Miriam and her family live? EGYPT

Who found the baby? PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER

Who did Miriam find to take care of the baby for Pharaoh’s daughter? HER MOTHER

Can kids today help their parents and siblings like Miriam did? YES

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5 Simple Ways You Can Make This Lesson Stick With Your Kids THIS WEEK’S LESSON:

5 Simple Ways You Can Make This Lesson Stick With Your Kids

5 Simple Ways You Can Make This Lesson Stick With Your Kids THIS WEEK’S LESSON: MIRIAM
5 Simple Ways You Can Make This Lesson Stick With Your Kids THIS WEEK’S LESSON: MIRIAM

THIS WEEK’S LESSON: MIRIAM

IN THE CAR:Lesson Stick With Your Kids THIS WEEK’S LESSON: MIRIAM Ask your child what they learned about

Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home:

Sometimes we think that we have to be a grown up before we can care for and protect others. But kids will learn that God can use them to help others right now. Exodus 2:1- 10, Miriam Saves Baby Moses

others right now. Exodus 2:1- 10, Miriam Saves Baby Moses HANGING OUT: Make this week’s lesson

HANGING OUT:

Make this week’s lesson real:

Don’t ask your kids, but show them where they can help by serving this week. See if they take the initiative, and be sure to give recognition when they do!

AT DINNER:initiative, and be sure to give recognition when they do! Here are some great discussion starters:

Here are some great discussion starters:

- What did Miriam do to protect her brother?

- How did Miriam reunite her mother and brother?

- What are some things kids can do to help others?

brother? - What are some things kids can do to help others? AT BEDTIME: Quiz your

AT BEDTIME:

Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse:

“I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:13 (NIrV)

Christ. He gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:13 (NIrV) PARENT TIME: What you need to know:

PARENT TIME:

What you need to know:

This week encourage your kids to take the initiative to help out. Make sure they do their chores, but offer them opportunities to go the extra mile and do even more.

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“I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.” -
“I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me
strength.” - Philippians 4:13 (NIrV)
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“I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me
strength.” - Philippians 4:13 (NIrV)
“I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.” -
“I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me
strength.” - Philippians 4:13 (NIrV)
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“I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me
strength.” - Philippians 4:13 (NIrV)
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CRAFT ACTIVITY

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Have the kids make a calendar for the week ahead, Sunday through Saturday. Encour- age them to fill it out each day, writing down something they did to help someone else.