Moses and the Burning Bush
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-4:17, with a special emphasis on 3:1-15.
Key Scripture Verses: Exodus 3:2-4: There an angel of the Lord appeared to him from a burning bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire, but it was not burning up. “This is strange!” he said to himself. “I’ll go over and see why the bush isn’t burning up.” When the Lord saw Moses coming near the bush he called him by name and Moses answered, “Here I am.” (Contemporary English Version)
Memory Verse "I will be with you always, even until the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20b).
· God is with us always.
· God can call us anywhere, anytime, for any reason.
· We don’t have to be perfect to do God’s work.
1. Students will learn that God had to use some drama to attract Moses’ attention.
2. Students will think about and discuss how Moses must have felt when he realized that God was giving him instructions from the burning bush.
3. The children will create a stencil painting of a burning bush.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Wear your name tag.
2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself. A short prayer thanking God for being a part of our lives would be appropriate. Ask God to help us to be aware of his presence so that we may do good things as Jesus has taught us.
1. Spend a short amount of time on the scripture passage referenced above. Have the children use their Bibles to locate the story. Focus on verses 2 through 4, in which God speaks to Moses from the burning bush.
Moses was in the desert near Mt. Sinai, watching sheep and goats that belonged to his father-in-law. God appears as an angel in a burning bush and calls Moses to do God’s work. Although the bush burns, it does not burn to ashes and disappear. Moses thinks this is very strange and goes to investigate. God speaks to Moses and gives him instructions for leading the Jewish people who are God’s followers out of Egypt. God has chosen Moses to help the Jewish people escape their lives as slaves in Egypt but Moses does not think that he is perfect enough to do God’s work. God tells Moses “I will be with you.” Moses then understood that God had a plan and the power to make it work through the leadership of Moses.
2. Explain to the children that the burning bush in this story is a mystery. We do not know how God spoke from the burning bush or how a bush could be burning but not burnt up. Moses was a prophet of God, and like many prophets, he had visions through which he was able to understand what it is God wanted him or the Israelites to do. The important thing for us to remember is that God is always with us and God still speaks to us in many different ways:
d) Hymns, anthems, music in worship
e) Faith Quest
g) Sacraments: baptism and communion
k) Conscience (the “still small voice within us”)
2. Take a minute to talk to the children about the creation they are going to be doing in this workshop. Remind them that the cutting and paint dabbing may seem a little difficult at first, but it will be fun to have a picture and verse to remind them that God is with us always.
1. Create! It would be a good idea to have children put on smocks. Pass out materials. Every child will receive a piece of heavy paper or 5” x 7” card, a pencil and some scissors.
2. Show the children samples or some bush shapes and a sample of the finished product. Tell them that they will be making their own stencils for the bushes, but may use a supplied stencil for the words. The bushes will be painted as a shadow print with the outline revealing the bush, while the words will be filled in from the stencils.
3. Tell the children to quickly sketch and cut out a bush shape from the card. It is important that they express their own ideas as to what a bush might look like. When finished, they should turn in the scissors and dispose of the scraps.
4. Pass out a sheet of 9” x 12” construction paper (do not use red, orange or yellow) and a brush to each child. Red, orange and yellow tempera paint in small dishes and word stencils will be available to share. Have them write their names on the back of the construction paper.
5. Now they should use the brushes to paint around the outside of their bush shape (it is best to dab the paint for this part so it will look more like flames), and they should paint inside the stencil letters. Point out that colors dabbed side by side look more like fire.
6. Since there are not enough word stencils for each child, some children should start by painting with those stencils and pass them on. The open spaces in the o and the capital A may be connected manually.
7. There is no particular placement for the words or the bushes. Either can be top or bottom and the paper can be placed in either direction. “I am with you” can be set as one or more lines.
1. Clean up
Shepherds will pass out the journals and pencils/markers. The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning’s lesson God is always with us and he gives us the ability to do God’s work.
1. Encourage the children to share ideas about how God comes to us and speaks to us. We can do God’s work because “God is with us always.”
2. Say the Memory Verse together (see above). You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can take home with them.
3. Pray! Ask the kids if they have any prayer requests. Thank God for being with us.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop.
2. Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.
3. Purchase materials and check the art room to see what supplies exist. Make a sample.
5. Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process. Have the materials ready to go. There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.
6. Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or use one of the group suggestions above.
5” x 7” file cards or other heavy paper
9” x 12 ” construction paper
Red, Yellow and Orange Tempera paint
Small pans or dishes for paint