May 3rd - Exodus 13: 17-22
The reading today is about how God guided the Israelites out of Egypt, appearing to them as a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. God was showing them that he was always with them and guiding them on their journey.
Why do you suppose God chose to appear like this? Perhaps the wind whipped the sand up into a cloud so they could follow God during the day, and the fire lit up the sky at night so they could follow in the dark. Do the children have any other ideas?
As we journey through these new and different times, what are some of the signs that show us God is always with us and guiding us? Perhaps it’s a sunrise, a blossom tree or a rainbow after a storm. How many different things can you come up with?
Churches use lots of different symbols to remind us of God’s presence such as a cross, a dove, or a fish. Have the children close their eyes and imagine the inside of their Sanctuary. Make a list of all the different items or symbols they can think of in the church. Picture the church during different times of the year, such as Christmas or Easter. What are the symbols we use during those times? Do they have a favourite one?
Ask the children to tell you what God looks like to them. Can they draw a picture of God?
You can also try to listen for God and feel God around you. Close your eyes…can you hear the birds or feel a light breeze?
God is all around us, even when we feel lonely and afraid. So take some time this week to be with God. Take a walk, look out a window…what do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel?
A SONG TO SING TOGETHER
LIKE A ROCK
LIKE A ROCK, LIKE A ROCK,
GOD IS UNDER OUR FEET.
LIKE A STARRY NIGHT SKY
GOD IS OVER OUR HEAD.
LIKE THE SUN ON THE HORIZON
GOD IS EVER BEFORE.
AS A RIVER RUNS TO OCEAN,
OUR HOME IS IN GOD EVER MORE
“Like a Rock” words: Wehlander, 1998; copyright©1999 Borealis Music. All rights reserved; Used with permission. Reprinted under OneLicense.net A-724418
The book we read this week was:
“I AM LOVE, A BOOK OF COMPASSION”
by Susan Verde with Art by Peter H. Reynolds
It is available to order online from Kidsbooks, Chapters or Amazon. The pictures are
WRITE A PRAYER
Have the children write their own prayers this week. Are there people in their family they want to pray for? What about those who are living alone, are sick or who are working in the hospitals? Perhaps they have a prayer for everyone in their church congregation. How can we show compassion through prayer? Try coming up with something or someone new to pray for each day.
MAKE A PRAYER CROSS
This is a great place to keep your daily prayers. You could also fill the entire cross with prayers then take one out at random each day, to say before bedtime.
-6 small square cardboard boxes. You can make these by cutting up old shoe boxes or using any cardboard. They should be about 6 inches square.
-15 toilet paper rolls, each cut in half
-Hot glue gun & glue (parents will need to help with this part!)
-Strips of coloured paper
Glue the boxes together in a cross pattern.
Glue 5 toilet paper halves ( use less or more depending on the size of your boxes) into each box to create cubby holes. If you like, you can paint the boxes and rolls in rainbow colours before gluing them together.
Use the strips of coloured paper to write down your prayers. Then roll them up and place them in one of the cubby holes in the cross.
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT
Search for items around your house in all the different colours of the rainbow….RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO, VIOLET. For example, use lego bricks, small toys, beads, kitchen items etc. Make a small one or a giant rainbow that fills your living room floor. Make sure to take a picture of your creation and send it to us if you like! MESSAGE US
RAINBOW WIND CHIMES
Acrylic Craft paint
Small Screw Eyes
YarnSnap sticks into pieces that are 8-10 inches long. Peel any bark off the sticks and sand them down to get rid of any rough spots.
Paint each stick a different colour of the rainbow. Do two coats to give them a nice bright colour. When dry, brush on a coat of varnish.
Once the varnish dries, screw in a screw eye to the end of each stick.
Tie a length of yarn through each eye…you could use rainbow colours for the yarn as well.
Hang them all together on your final stick (you can paint that one any colour you like!) and hang it outside. Then wait for the wind to come along and make some music!