Last year I put together the VBS material for our
church from material on the internet. The main theme was Survivor - Out
of Egypt. We focused on Moses as he lead his people out of Egypt. The stories for each day were: Crossing the Red Sea, Manna and Quail, Jethro
visits Moses, 10 commandments part 1, 10 commandments part 2. We opened with Tribal council where the entire
group met with the pastor at the front of the sanctuary and she explained the
"tribal" symbols of our church. We also had a teambuilding
challenge center where each group performed challenges that made them
work as a team. Crafts were all related to the stories. For
attendance records, each child was given a foam board torch where we put a new
flame on for each day they were there. Everyone had a great time!
To get you started, here are a few sample
Create a Tribal Banner
Each class or tribe will make a banner for their door and take it
with them to tribal council and
the team building center.
What you need: wooden dowel, a roll of craft paper or white
drawing paper, glue, markers, construction paper or paint, string.
· Tell the learners that they will be one of the tribes
of your church. Each tribe has been given a name. We are all
excited to let everyone know what our tribe is and to welcome
anyone who is the right age to join our tribe.
· Our task is to create a banner for our tribe - put
the name of your tribe on the banner and brainstorm about what
else the class would like to include. Think about putting the
names of the members of your tribe on the banner also.
· Cut a piece of craft or white paper twice the length
of your banner. Fold it in half so it marks the top of each side
of the banner.
· Draw, paint, or glue construction paper on both sides
of the banner to create your design.
· Turn the banner over when it is dry. Spread the back
with white glue.
· Fold the craft or white paper over the dowel with
glue sides together and press under heavy objects until dry.
· Tie the string to each end of the dowel to make a
Lesson 1: Crossing the Red Sea
Included at the end of the material for day one
are the following items that you can use as study helps or games
with your class. I have included everything for all age groups and
you can adapt as needed to your class. You have only 45 minutes of
class time I don’t believe you will have time to do all the
activities included with this lesson. Things included are:
· Telling the story
- an overview of the bible story with questions for you to use with
· “Red Sea Escape”
- and alternate way to tell the story.
· A pattern for a
“Crossing the Red Sea” Story telling aid -- If the teacher or
helper would like to make this and then they can act out the story
as they tell it and/or the kids can use it to retell the story.
· A story script, “The
Hamster’s Great Escape” that you can use to tell the story from another
perspective - (You may want to change the type of animal to
something useful to take along like chickens or rabbits)
· “Harm Removed”
- a fun little experiment that shows how something impossible is
· “The Red Sea Run”
- an action poem - Good to use with the younger kids to run off a
· “Memory verse
footprints” and “God Guides Game” - some fun activities that
help “show kids the way” using their own footprints.
· Pencil games and
coloring sheets - If you let me know before June 1st,
what you plan on using with your class, I will just copy those
exercises for the student survival manual for each class.
Telling the Story:
The Pharaoh of Egypt let the Israelites go. But it
was only after God sent ten plagues on Egypt, and in the end, the
Pharaoh’s son was even killed. The Israelites obeyed God, and left
right away. They left so quickly, they didn’t even have time to
let the yeast rise for the bread they were baking. They called it
unleavened bread, and it is still used today by Jewish people to
celebrate God’s protection from the tenth plague. Our story today
finds the Israelites once again in a predicament. Many people
thought it was a trap. Read from the Bible to see what happened. Exodus
15:5-31. The older kids can start at Exodus 13:17 if they would
like a little more lead into the story.