Exodus 2 - Miriam watches her baby brother
God gives us strength when things change
If you are meeting early in the day ask everyone to look in their bag and find today’s activity – chat about the fort they might make, what will it be like?
If you are meeting later in the day ask people to show their forts they have made, how did they make it, do they all fit inside?
Ask someone to read out today’s family activity Bible passage from Psalm 91:1-2.
Explain that while we are all together online today, we are going to think about a story from the Bible where someone had to trust God to keep her safe when everything was changing.
Tell the story of Miriam and Moses using the script available in the Downloads Box.
Ask if there are any big sisters with you today. Give them all a big cheer. It is a big sister who is very brave and trusts God in today’s story from the Bible, her name is Miriam.
Ask everyone to draw a picture of the following things, it would be good if you had already drawn a picture of each of them to show everyone, ask them to make their drawings fill their piece of paper.
Pyramid | River | Basket | Baby
Explain that every time you mention the following words during the story, you want them to hold the picture up to the screen that goes with the word…
Egypt – Pyramid | River – River | Basket – basket | Baby – baby
Before you tell the story, practice saying the words and everyone holding up the right picture.
Congratulate everyone for keeping their illustrations of the story going all the way through. Ask what Miriam did a lot of during the story? She did a lot of watching.
Explain that you are all going to play a game of watching. Put one family/person in your conference call into a breakout room, give them 1 minute in the room (or less) and ask them to change one thing about themselves or the room they are in and then bring them back in. See who is the quickest to spot the thing they have changed. Play this a few times with different people going to the breakout room.
Say that Miriam was living with lots of things changing – the king was trying to kill baby boys, they had been hiding their baby for 3 months, and now they had put him in a basket on the river.
Miriam watched and waited to see what she could do; I wonder if she was praying while she watched and waited? She was able to do something when she saw the time was right. What was it she did? She spoke to the Princess about the baby and got his own Mum to feed him and look after him!
Say that when things change in our lives, we need to watch carefully to see what God wants us to do. Ask everyone to think of something that is changing in their lives just now, ask everyone to be quiet for 30 seconds while you do this (make sure you time the 30 seconds).
The Psalm in our activity packs has words that can help when things are changing. They are the last words from the Bible on today’s activity card, they are “He is my God, I trust in him”. Explain that you are all going to use these words as a prayer. Say them together very quietly, then very slowly, then very fast, then while thinking about the thing that is changing. Shout Amen at the end.
Let’s try and remember these words and say them often! Make sure you say them when you are in your fort!
Say goodbye to everyone and look forward to seeing them tomorrow.