Battle for the Promised Land 1/4

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PREPARE: Supplies: Bibles, 12 Parachute Oye! Cards, 12 Kleenex, 12 Large Paper Clips

Parent's Note: Before Small Group, cut out the Parachute Oye! Cards and mix them up!

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SAY: We are going to spend some time looking at the historical books of the Bible.

I am going to ask some questions from today’s video. You can look in your Bibles to

discover the answers. (Give 1 Bible to each group of 3 children.) Then we are

going to create parachutes like Cap’n Pete!

SAY: Great job! Now, let’s make our own parachutes just like Cap’n Pete did!


1. Give each child 1 Parachute Oye! Card (There are 12 cards total. If you have less then 12 kids in your small group, give each child multiple cards), 1 Paper Clip, and 1 Kleenex.

2. Demonstrate how to attach the Parachute Oye! Card to the Kleenex by attaching the Paper Clip. Help each child create a mini parachute (see sample page).

3. The goal of the game is to drop the parachutes in the correct order that the Historical Books are found in the Bible. You can play this game with several variations:

• Say the name of the Historical Book and encourage the child with that card to drop the parachute. Continue until all of the parachutes have been dropped.

• Encourage the children to line themselves up in the correct order and then drop their parachutes.

• Encourage each child to take a turn naming the books in the correct order and pointing to the parachute that matches, then dropping that parachute.

• Play the Small Group 2 Video (Parachute Video) and encourage the children to drop their parachutes when the name of the book on their parachute is mentioned.

PREPARE: Bibles and Any Art supplies that you have in your supply closet for kids to make a

collage (Ex: Play Dough, Paper, Scissors, Markers, Chenille Sticks, Buttons, Yarn, etc.)

Teacher’s Note: Consider building your collage on a large piece of paper, or in a shoebox, or creating a simple collage on the floor or table in the middle of the small group.


SAY: We are going to create an Art MashUp of the time when Joshua crossed the Jordan River. We will use a fun bin of supplies to create our Art MashUp! But before we create our MashUp, let’s imagine what it might have looked like when Joshua crossed the Jordan River. Turn in your Bibles to Joshua 3:5-4:3 and listen carefully as I read. I want you to imagine what the ground and the river looked like, what the people were carrying and how high the water was before the people crossed. (Read Joshua 3:5-4:3)

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1. When you listened to this story what were some things that you imagined?

2. Let’s create our first piece of the Art MashUp: The River. How high was the river before Joshua stepped into the river? (Use a collage item to create a River)

3. Each river should have banks, so let’s create those. (Use collage items to create Banks)

4. Who was at the front of the group crossing the Jordan? (The Priests) Let’s create them. (Use collage items to create People)

5. How do you think it felt to be at the front of the group? Would you have wanted to be at the front of the group?

6. What happened when the Priests’ feet touched the water? (The water stopped flowing) How do you think the people felt when the water stopped? (Use collage items to dry land)

7. When the people finished crossing the Jordan River, what command did the Lord give to Joshua? Let’s create the 12 stones that 12 men from each tribe picked up and laid down together. Once we’ve created our stones, we can lay them on the collage together. (Use collage items to create 12 stones)

SAY: This is really great! We’ve created an Art MashUp based on what heard from the story, and imagined our minds. Close your eyes and imagine yourself at the Jordan River. What does it feel like? What do you see? Who are you with?

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Parent Note: This activity is a set of review questions that will appear on the video. Take time to answer and discuss each question with your small group. At the end of this time, take prayer requests and lead a time of prayer with your group.

SAY: Let’s play Bible What’s It? I will divide you into 2 teams. You can work with your team to answer each question. The team who answers the most questions correctly, wins!

SAY: How would you feel if God asked you to lead the people across the Jordan River?

SAY: Which Historical Book is your favorite? Why?

ASK your children to share their prayer requests.

PRAY with your children.

Today, your child learned the names of the Historical Books and heard

stories from Joshua Part 1.

A few discussion questions for the this week:

• The first 5 Books of the Bible are called the . (Pentateuch)

• Can you name the books of the Pentateuch? (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)

• The next 12 Books of the Bible are called the . (Historical Books)

• During Small Group, you created an Art MashUp of the time Joshua crossed the Jordan River. What did your Art MashUp look like? How did you make it?

• How would you have felt if God asked you to lead the people across the Jordan River?

• What surprised you about today’s story?

BIG question (record their answers and post to our faecbook page :) : Name the 12 Historical Books of the Bible!

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