When your child asks you… (Exodus Pt. 2)

Hear the Word:  Exodus 12:1-27The Song of Moses (BCP p. 85)

You may also wish to read one of the following texts with your class:  Hebrews 11:23-25 and 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 (Recall that our word “paschal” comes from the Hebrew word ‘pesac,’ which means “passing over.”)

Storybook versions of the Exodus story will be available for your use.

Background:  This text reminds us that for Israel, children lead the community in recalling the saving works of God.

Looking Back:  Help the students in your class remember the story by asking questions such as:  Who are the Hebrews?  What did God ask Moses to do?  Who is Pharaoh?  Why won’t Pharoah let the Hebrews go?

Objectives:

(1.)  Children will be able to re-tell the broad thrust of the Exodus story.  Older children will speak of the ways that God used Moses and other figure in the story to liberate Israel.

(2.)  Children will identify three key thematically-defined spaces in the Exodus story:  Egypt (place of bondage), wilderness (an in-between space where freedom is realized and where the Israelites change and grow), and the promised land.

(3.)  Children will explain what the Passover is, and how Jews and Christians celebrate it today.

(4.)  Older children will be able to describe the relationship between the Exodus story of the passover and Jesus Christ, who is our passover lamb.

Activities:

(1.)  Make a passover paper plate craft (like one of these), or make placemats.

We have a laminating machine available if you would like to laminate placemats that your class makes.

(2.)  A tasting:  Take turns tasting some of the foods associated with passover, including bread without yeast, parsley and salt water, and horseradish.  Here is an article with suggestions for foods you might bring in.

(3.)  Silent Crossing (active game).  See instructions here.

(4.)  The questions:  A set of traditional questions are associated with passover.  Split your class up into four groups, and assign each group one of the questions.

Why is this night different from all other nights?

Why, on all other nights, do we eat either unleavened or leavened bread, but tonight we eat only unleavened bread?

Why, on all other nights, do we eat all kinds of vegetables, but tonight, we eat only bitter herbs?

Why, on all other nights, we do not dip [our food] even once, but tonight we dip twice?

Why, on all other nights, do we eat either sitting or reclining, but tonight we only recline?

(5.)  Exodus book:  Get your class to make a book that re-tells the story of the Exodus.   Working as a group, ask your class to brainstorm the major events in the story.  Split the class into pairs, and assign each pair one event to write and illustrate.  Bind the pages together to create a book (and don’t forget to show it to me!)

(6.)  Turn to the prayerbook:  Older children can compare/contrast what happens during the Eucharistic liturgy with the steps in a passover meal.  Find an easy description of a passover celebration here (scroll down to “pesach seder”).  Compare with the Eucharistic Liturgy in the prayerbook (BCP 361-365)

Conclude in Prayer.

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