Scripture: Exodus 4:16-5:6
- Students will learn sometimes God will ask us to do hard or scary things.
- Students will learn even though God may ask us to do something that is hard for us or scares us, He still expects us to do them.
- Students will learn that just because something is a part of God’s plan does not mean the way to the “end” will not always be quick, direct or easy.
- Students will learn God will provide us what we need to do what He wants us to do.
- Students will create goodie bags for low income workers.
Guiding Question: How can we treat low income workers with kindness and God’s love?
Materials: Goodie bags, ribbon to tie bags, paper, markers, items for bags: candy, baked goods, candles, etc
Procedure: Review the story of Moses returning to Egypt from the scriptures above. Explain how sometimes God will ask us to do things that might be scary or uncomfortable just like what he asked of Moses but it is important to obey God and trust He will always be with us. What God asks of us may take time and as we pray to God, He does not always answer immediately. We must trust God’s timing and that He will always provide for us. Ask the students when they have had to do something tough and share how God was faithful and provided what they needed.
Introduce the service project. Remind students that the Israelite slaves were not treated well by the Egyptians. Even though we don’t have slaves in our country, people with low paying jobs are often not treated well by others. Point out jobs like maids, janitors, fast food workers and other low wage workers who may be treated poorly by others. Have students make goodie bags and thank you cards to give school and church janitors or other employees.
Additional Questions: How can students serve their school janitors?
Supplemental Activity: Partner with a local school to create a fundraiser in order to raise money for new equipment and supplies for school janitors.