| |Swords ready for action
Pillar of cloud and fire
The puppets helping the story telling
Moses calling the sea to close, after the Israelites had crossed
Lots to eat at the family meal
Messy Church The Great Escape - 25 October 2015
Church on Sunday 25 October attracted around forty children and
parents to join The Great Escape, the story of Moses leading his people
from Egypt across the Red Sea. Sheila Anderson and Andrew Don put
together the activities and Andrew led the Celebration time later in
the church, playing the part of Moses.
The children were treated
to making a chariots, swords, shields, pillars and cloud and fire plus
many other activities to help them understand the story.
- Bill Webster and Andrew Don led the chariot building, helping the
children to decorate and prepare modified push chairs to become
Egyptian Chariots ready for a charge. On completion they were driven
around the church hall with the rider waving their sword at the crowds.
Peg Horses - Every chariot needs a horse to pull it and
these cardboard cutout horses were decorated and treated to clothe peg
legs. We thought about the Israelites and how they felt being pursued
by the Egyptians on horseback.
Balloon Swords - Possibly
the most popular activity of the afternoon was the balloon sword.
Andrew Don led the making, twisting the balloons into shape, long and
short, thick and thin. We thought about the Israelites who had no
weapons to fight against the Egyptians, and how they must have felt.
- Cardboard discs decorated and covered with tinfoil made a worthy
shield. But they did not protect the Egyptians when the waters of the
Red Sea crashed over them. They did not have God on their side.
Pillars of cloud and fire
- The Israelites followed the pillar of cloud by day which became
a pillar of fire by night. The night the Egyptians were chasing the
Israelites, God set the pillar between them to protect His people. We
made our own pillars and thought about how it must have helped them to
'see' God in this way.
Moses (Andrew Don) calls for the sea to part.Later we headed for the celebration time in the Church where Sheila related the story, illustrated by a short video.
Andrew Don then played the part of Moses and told us how God had
instructed him how to lead His people out of Egypt. We used blue towels
on the floor to represent the Red Sea and the children made them part
to allow the others to walk across. On the other side Moses lowered his
staff and the sea (towels) closed back again. We finished with a song
before returning to the church hall to enjoy a family meal together.
The next Messy Church will be on Sunday 29th November which will include our Christmas dinner
will be NO December Messy Church, but there WILL be Fun and Carols in
the Town Hall on 11 December 7.00pm to about 8.15pm for all the family.
For more information on Messy Church contact Katrina McDonald 07872 996906, or Lynne Turnbull 07812 648924.
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