Aim: To teach the children about the story of Joshua. Introduction: The book of Joshua covers about thirty years in the history of Israel looking at the five years of Joshua’s military campaigns. The book starts where Deuteronomy ends showing us Israel camped by the Jordan River on the verge of entering the Promised Land. Joshua tells the story of Israel’s victory at Jericho and Israel’s settlement there. Memory Verse: Joshua 24:24 And the people said to Joshua, We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.” Taken from the BB Anchors Pro Pack S-2-7
• Chairs (to make wails of Jericho
• Joshua’s maze template
• Colouring Pens/Pencils
Activity 1 - The Walls of Jericho
Aim: To learn the story of Joshua from Joshua 1-6 — The Walls of Jericho.
• Read through Joshua 1-6
• Set up a table with paper and pens.
Moses died and God chose Joshua to lead the Israelites into the promised land. God promised Joshua victory and prosperity in the Promised Land if the people would always obey God’s Word. Before Joshua prepared his army he prepared himself. The Israelites promised to follow Joshua and always obey God’s Word. Joshua sent spies into Canaan to study the defences of the great city of Jericho. Somebody told the King of Jericho that there were spies in town and so he sent his soldiers to look for them. The soldiers began the search at Rahab’s house, where the men were hiding. Rahab hid the men on the roof of her house, which was built into the city wall, under some flax stalks. The soldiers could not find the men and after they had left, Rahab used a scarlet rope to lower the men down safely outside the city wall. Rahab helped the spies because she knew God was with them and had given them the land and she wanted God to spare her life. The spies promised to save Rahab and her family if she tied some of the scarlet rope to her window and stayed inside the house.
Then the spies went back to report to Joshua that the people in the land were afraid of them. Before they could reach Jericho, the Israelites had to cross the great Jordan River into the Promised Land. But there was no bridge!
How would the people cross?
The river was flooded from all the rain and was very high and difficult to cross but God told Joshua that the priests should lead the soldiers and people, carrying the ark which held the Ten Commandments. When the priests’ feet touched the river’s edge. God kept His promise and did an amazing miracle - He made a dry path right through the river. The Bible says that the river stopped flowing and piled up in a heap a great distance away. Would that be amazing to see?
All the people crossed the river safely and the God told Joshua to send one person from each of the twelve tribes to take a stone from the river bed and place them in the camp where they were staying to be a reminder to their children that God helped them to cross the river safely and that God keeps His promises and to remind them of His great power and love for His people.
As Joshua planned his attack. God sent the Captain of His army from Heaven to remind Israel’s new leader that God wins the battles for His people and he told Joshua how to attack Jericho.
It was a very strange plan!
He told Joshua to march around the city once with all the armed men and to do this every day for six days. He was to have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark and on the seventh day, they were to march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. God said. ‘When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout: then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go straight in,’ So they were to blow their trumpets and shout, and the city walls would fall down flat!
Joshua and his army did what God had commanded and on the seventh day the priest blew the ram’s horn and just as God had promised the great walls of Jericho came tumbling down.
Only Rahab’s house in the wall was safe. She had left the scarlet rope hanging from the window. Joshua’s men rescued Rahab and her family and then Jericho was destroyed, as God commanded.
Activity 2 - The Lord Says
Aim: o get children to think about what it means to obey God and what He wants us to do by contrasting ridiculous things with true Godly behaviour.
Memory Verse — Joshua 24:24
And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.”
‘The Lord Says’ is a version of “Simon Says”
The story of Joshua is a great example of someone who obeyed God and His Words. God wants us to obey Him too and that is why we read the Bible so that we can find out what God wants us to do.
We are going to play a game called The Lord says — this is like Simon says.
it will help us to remember that we need to listen to God.
So if I say “The Lord says” you do it - if I say do this or do that then you must not do it.
Let’s have a practice run.
So if I said “The Lord says — Stretch up to the sky” it would be correct and you should all do it, but if I said lump up and down on the spot” you should not do it as The Lord” did not say to do it.
Activity 3 - Joshua's Maze
Aim: To get through the maze.
• Give each child a Maze template and remind them of the story of Joshua and the people of Israel crossing the River Jordan.
• Tell them that they too are on a journey and they can let God lead them or they can go on their own path. It is so much better to listen and obey God.
• They could finish off by colouring the maze in,
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