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  • God Knows What We Need

    Bible Passage: Exodus 15:2217:7 (Life in the Desert)

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    2014 David C Cook. TruResources are developed in partnership with ROCKHARBOR Church and a national network of family and childrens ministry leaders. All rights reserved.

    REMEMBER VERSETrust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

    in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:56

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    HomeFront Magazine: A Spiritual Parenting Resource This magazine gives families ideas for creating fun, spiritually forming times in their homessetting aside a sacred space for family in the midst of their active, everyday lives! As the new issue becomes available each month, you may choose to print it for families or encourage them to visit www.HomeFrontMag.com to subscribe to have the magazine sent directly to their inboxes. HomeFront is also available as an app for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices.

    Tru Mission StatementTru helps kids and their families connect to God, find their place in His big story,

    and respond to Him through the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Lesson Path: Seeing the Mission Statement in a Tru LessonConnecting leaders to God ... Inspire, Equip, and Support Connects kids and their families to God HomeFront Weekly

    Anticipate

    His big story Celebrate And invites them to respond to Him Respond Through the power of the Holy Spirit. Bless

    Navigating Lesson 1.7Below you will find additional information to enhance lesson sections as needed.

    AnticipateCelebrate Storytelling Video

    A storytelling video is available for this lesson. Premium, Unlimited, and Combo users may find this resource in the Resource Files.

    Respond Small Group EnhancementRemember Verse Games activities are available for this lesson. Premium, Unlimited, and Combo users may find this resource in the Resource Files.

    Bless

    ANTICIPATE | CELEBRATE | RESPOND | BLESS

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    ANTICIPATE | CELEBRATE | RESPOND | BLESS

    Anticipate// 510 min.God used the Israelites time in the wilderness to help them learn about who He is. He cared for their needs and taught them to celebrate the Sabbath. As the children arrive, encourage them to consider these topics as they engage in the following activities.

    Option 1: Sabbath Party (for Younger Kids)SUPPLIES artificial flower leis (1 for every 34 children, available at

    www.orientaltrading.com) jumbo sunglasses (1 for every 34 children, available at

    www.orientaltrading.com) beach towels (1 for every 2 children) fruit punch juice boxes (1 per child) optional: Hawaiian print shirts (1 for every 23 children)

    ENGAGEWarmly welcome children as they arrive, and invite them to explore the costume pieces. Encourage children that regularly attend to meet a new friend.

    Here we have sunglasses, flower necklaces, and beach towels. What might we do with these things? Invite responses. Good thoughts. Who likes to go to the beach or to the pool on a hot day? Interact with responses.

    Before we hear todays portion of The Big God Story, lets have a party! Encourage kids to interact with the available supplies to create a party atmosphere. Then, allow the children to sit down together and enjoy their juice boxes.

    You can also invite kids to share about the activities they like to do in their free time or when they rest on a Sabbath day.

    Option 2: Wants and Needs (for Older Kids)SUPPLIES Wants and Needs cards (see Resource Files) butcher paper (approx. 3) tape marker scissors (1 per child) glue dots

    SET UPPrint a set of the Wants and Needs cards for each child. Tape the butcher paper to the wall at a height the children can reach. In the middle of the paper, draw a vertical line. At the top of one side of the paper, write NEEDS. At the top of the other side, write WANTS.

    ENGAGEWarmly welcome children as they arrive. Encourage children who attend regularly to meet a new friend. Then give each child a copy of the Wants and Needs activity page.

    Whats the difference between wanting something and needing something? Invite children to respond. When we need something, we cant live without it. What are some examples of things we cant live without? Invite responses. Great thoughts! When we want something, we would really like to have it, but we can live without it. What are some examples of things we might want but not need? Invite responses.

    Explain that each child can cut apart the Wants and Needs cards and glue each image to either the WANTS side or the NEEDS side. Not every image clearly belongs on one side or the other! Allow the children to work together to decide which images represent wants and which represent needs.

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    ANTICIPATE | CELEBRATE | RESPOND | BLESS

    Celebrate//2035 min. LARGE GROUP

    S E C T I O N

    Welcome & Traditions//

    Take five minutes to open your CELEBRATE time by engaging in Welcome and Traditions. Group Tradition (optional): Hang a piece of canvas and write God in Our World at the top. Each week,

    encourage kids to write or draw how theyve seen God in their world in the last week.

    Remember Verse//

    This weeks Remember Verse focuses on a character trait of God thats highlighted in todays portion of The Big God Story.

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 56

    Connect// Invite the children to ask one another the following question or one of your own. Encourage them to ask someone they may not know. After a minute or two, ask several children to tell the group their friends answers. (For Connect Question slide, see Resource Files.)

    QuestionWhats your favorite thing to drink on a hot day?

    The Big God Story//

    SUPPLIES Bibles (1 per leader and 1 per child) Timeline slide and animation (see Resource Files) unsweetened chocolate (a few small pieces) regular chocolate (a few small pieces) cup of water craft stick rock Bible-times costume for Moses

    SET UPHave the person playing the part of Moses put on the costume. Set the cup of water, craft stick, and rock near the stage.

    Worship Response//

    SUPPLIES God Knows What We Need strips (see Resource Files) scissors cardboard box marker pens slides: Matthew 6:25, 31, 33 (see Resource Files) worship music (suggestion: Come Unto Me, TruWorship You Are)

    SET UPPrint and cut apart the God Knows What We Need strips, making one strip for each child. Have the strips, along with pens, ready to give to the kids. Write God Knows What We Need on the box and place it at the front of the room.

    Ponder Point: God Knows What We Need

    Find more details for each section in the How It Works document in the Supporting Lesson Resources section of the My Lessons page at tru.davidccook.com.

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    The Big God StoryBible Passage: Exodus 15:2217:7Storytelling Technique: First-Person Narrative with Props

    ENGAGEStoryteller: Welcome! Today we have a very special guestsomeone weve been hearing about the past few weeks in The Big God Story. God used him to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt so they could begin a new life and worship God as the Lord. Who was this person? Invite responses. YesMoses! Before he comes out, lets pray together. Lead children in prayer of release. Then leave stage as Moses enters.

    Moses: Hi, everyone! I hear youve been reading about all of the things God did for us. After God freed us from slavery and saved us from Pharaohs army, we were so happy! When we arrived on the other side of the Red Sea, we danced and sang songs to God because He knew what we needed and had freed us. But it didnt take long before we realized we were in a desert without enough food or water. We walked with our children and animals under the hot sun. Wipe your brow and fan yourself. What happens to your body when youre in a desert? Invite responses. Youre hot, youre sweatyand you get thirsty!

    There we weremillions of usthirsty and with no way to carry enough water for so many people. So, after a few days of walking, the people started to panic. What do you look like when youre panicked? Invite kids to make panicked expressions. Exactly. Eventually, we found a spring of water. Hold up cup of water. We were so excited! Laugh a little to yourself, reminiscing. A few of us ran over to take a sip but it was bitter! Take a sip of water and make an expression to show the water tastes bad. Gross! Have any of you tasted unsweetened chocolate? Invite responses. Ask a few volunteers to come to the front, and give them the pieces of unsweetened chocolate. Let them taste the chocolate, and then ask them to share their thoughts. Unsweetened chocolate doesnt taste good. Its bitter, kind of like the water from this spring. Invite kids to make expressions and sounds as if theyre tasting something bitter and unpleasant.

    The people complained. They worried that God might not take care of us. However, God knew what we needed. God told me to throw a piece of wood into the water, and the water became sweet! Put craft stick in water. Take another sip and make a pleased expression. Ask the kids who tasted the unsweetened chocolate to try the regular chocolate and share their thoughts. Then ask them to return to their seats. By doing this, God showed us He has the power to take care of His people.

    What else do you think we needed in the desert? Invite responses. Thats right

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