In life, we go through many battles. We can trust that God is with us in those battles, but God also gives us people to help. Often, those people are our family. Even if you’re not close to your family, our friends are the family we choose. While our families can frustrate us more than anyone else, think of what you would be willing to do for them. What would you be willing to do for your children?
This week we’re going to look at an actual battle between two armies. While Moses held his staff up, the Israelites were winning. But the battle was long and he didn’t have the strength to continue. This is where Aaron, Moses’ brother, and Hur, a friend (family we choose), come in. They helped Moses when he didn’t have the strength and, because God sent them to help Moses, the battle was won.
While our battles may not include actual armies, this story could be any of ours. We’re under attack, doing what we are supposed to, but we’re getting weak. Then, family (blood or chosen) come around and help us get through whatever battle we’re in. That is why, this week, we are so thankful for family.
Here’s a snapshot of what we’ll show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: I can thank God for family who help me. (Aaron Helps Moses • Exodus 17:8-13)
Memory Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.” Psalm 107:1, NIV
Key Question: Who is good?
Bottom Line: God’s is good.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch this video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them. Most of us think of singing as the way we worship God. But remember, whatever you do, if you do it for God, is a form of worship. Help show your kids this concept as you sing and dance with them for our amazing God.
Bible Story Video – Aaron Helps Moses
Worship – Don't Be a Turkey
Worship – Special
Worship – Brand New Day
Worship – Thank You God
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice the verse with your kids. The hand motions help them to remember. We will practice this same verse all month long so be thinking of a special prize you can give at the end of the month when they say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce what they’ve learned.
Memory Verse with Hand Motions
Bible Story Activity
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and practicing the memory verse again. God gave Moses a brother that helped him when he couldn’t hold up his arms on his own. Make a list with your family of someone in the family that has helped each of you. It can be a mom or dad, grandpa or grandma, brother or sister, aunt or uncle—anyone you think of as family. You’ll use the list when you pray.
PRAYER: “Dear God, family is such a special gift You have given us. We are so thankful for the way family help us. [Family member’s name] wants to thank You for the way [family member they listed] helps them. (Repeat with each family member.) I pray we will help our family, too. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I’d like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). My prayers are with you.
“All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.”Isaiah 54:13