Heroes: Joshua and Caleb

This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.

Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.

We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!


Today is the next session on HEROES!!

Today’s aim is to learn and experience that God is big and good!

Make it special: All crouch down and say ‘ready, steady praise’, then jump up clapping and cheering to praise God. Take it in turns and use as a starter to get ready for worship time.

WORSHIP (7 MINS)

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

 

INTRO (10 MIN)

EXPLORE THE STORY TOGETHER (3-4 MINS)

Watch the video below…

Or choose a story bible:
Jesus Calling Bible p76
Lion First Bible p130

QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)

God’s people had been living in tents in the desert.
God wanted to give them their own land where they could build houses and grow food.
So Moses sent out twelve spies to see what it was like. Joshua and Caleb were two of those spies.
Joshua and Caleb trusted more in God and what he said than what they saw with their eyes.
They knew God was bigger and stronger than anything and that he wanted to give them a good place to live.
We can trust in God’s goodness too!

 

SHOUT OUT

Say this to your child: WHO CAN TRUST IN GOD?
Help your child to answer: I CAN!

Keep saying it with different voices; robot, squeaky, whisper, shout…

FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)

Click here to download this week’s print-at-home resources.

Play: Hide and seek with your child or pretend to be Joshua and Caleb creeping around quietly!
Or play ‘I Spy something that’s blue… green… big… small’ make it relevant to your child’s development or use the activity sheet on the pdf template to help. Talk about looking for things like Josh and Caleb did.

Create: Use any play dough or lego bricks you may have to create some of the things that the spies found in the land: bunches of grapes, large cities with walls, tall people, other fruit and fields for growing food, mountains and sea… God had good things for his people. They needed to trust in him!

Colouring of the story 

Sing: Any of these songs. 
If you don’t know the tunes, just chant them together and have a go at the actions:

‘12 Men went to spy in Canaan’
12 Men went to spy in Canaan (mime looking far away, hand above eyes)
10 were scared, 2 trusted God (show 10 fingers & thumbs down, show 2 fingers and thumbs up)
What did they see when they spied in Canaan? (as for first line)
10 were scared, 2 trusted God (show 10 fingers & thumbs down, show 2 fingers and thumbs up)
Some saw giants tough and tall (flex arm muscles, stand tall)
Some saw grapes in clusters fall (mime eating grapes)
Some saw God was in it all (point up to God)
10 were scared, 2 trusted God (show 10 fingers & thumbs down, show 2 fingers and thumbs up)

‘My God is so Big’
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty (flex muscles)
There’s nothing that he cannot do (clap, clap)
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty (flex muscles)
There’s nothing that he cannot do (clap, clap)
The mountains are his (make mountains with hands)
The rivers are his (wave hands like water flowing)
The stars are his handiwork too (make star shapes)
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty (flex muscles)
There’s nothing that he cannot do (clap, clap)

Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, tape/glue, card/paper.

PRAYER TIME IDEAS (5 MINS)

  • SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN TRUST IN GOD? I CAN! 
  • Try an Adventure Time: God is big and he is good. Get comfy and invite Holy Spirit to be with you. Say slowly, with pauses: ‘Imagine the wonderful world – the tall trees, the big blue sky, the deep green sea, the bright sun and white moon…’ Help your child to imagine and think about these things.  ‘God is bigger than all these things. He is so big! Can you see God – look at how big, good and kind he is. Wow! What can you see… or hear… or feel? God loves you very much. He loves to be with you.’  Pray for your child to begin to experience how big God is… Chat about what they experienced and validate their responses. You could jot down what was shared and thank God for being with you.

 

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