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Sunday, 13th June 2021

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to another weekly email full of fun resources for you to use with your family. This term we are going to look at some of the different Old Testament characters. I hope you find the activities below useful as you explore the story of Joshua, with your children.

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Aftershock is back next week, Sundays at 7-8:30pm in the Parish Rooms.

Youth Bible Study is back meeting face to face, Wednesday's at 4:30-6pm in the Parish Rooms. You can also join us via Zoom if need be.

Thanks,

Matt

Joshua and The Walls of Jericho


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Joshua and The Walls of Jerich
 

 











I wonder...

  • I wonder why it is important to follow instructions?
  • I wonder why Joshua trusted God?
  • I wonder how the Israelites felt walking around the city?
  • I wonder how you would have felt walking around the city for seven days?
  • I wonder if they got dizzy walking around in circles?
  • I wonder how confident Joshua felt that the plan would work?
  • I wonder what the people of Jericho thought of what they saw?

Question to ask your parents!

  • I wonder why it is important to follow instructions?
  • I wonder how you would have felt walking around the city for seven days?

Joshua & Jericho Horn Craft

God is Faithful Craft

In our story this week we see Joshua trusting and obeying God as they defeated the city of Jericho. God asked Joshua to walk around the city every day for six days and on the seventh day to walk around it seven times, six times in silence but the seventh they would give out a loud shout with the priests blowing their trumpets. Once they did this the walls of the city of Jericho came crashing down.

For this week's craft, we are going to make a trumpet with which you can blow and make a loud noise with! Firstly you will need to print out the template of the trumpet. Add some colour and carefully cut out the trumpet. Fold along the dotted line and glue along it. Roll your trumpet up and line it up with the dotted line and hold it down until the glue has dried.

Download template here.

Youth Zone

Last week we looked at Noah who God asked to build a massive boat in the middle of the desert. This week we are focussing on Joshua who was also asked to do something that seemed impossible and a silly thing to do. But just like Noah, Joshua listened carefully to God and put his trust and faith in Him.

Joshua trusted God even when he came up against the mighty city of Jericho. God comes and meets with Joshua and tells him the plan for how to overthrow the city. God tells Joshua to march around the city once with all the armed men for six days. On the seventh day, they will march around the city seven times, the first six times would be in silence, and the seventh with the priests blowing the trumpets. God told Joshua that after they had sounded a long blast on the trumpets, he should have the whole army give a loud shout, then the wall of the city would collapse. I’m sure the Israelites who had been walking around the desert for the past 40 years, who would have been looking forward to having a rest, would have loved the news that they will be walking some more every day!

Just like Noah, it would have been a weird thing to do, I’m sure the people of Jericho laughed at them each day as they just walked around in circles. But Joshua did as God had asked. He trusted Him and with God’s promise going round his head, ‘Be strong and courageous for I am with you’, he obeyed God’s plan. The Israelites had no advanced weaponry or military power but they did have something far better and more powerful. Israel had God. The only reason why Joshua and Israelites defeated Jericho was that they were obedient to God. For the Israelites and Joshua, the task ahead of them seemed impossible, but they had faith that with God all things are possible.

We have to remember that Joshua followed arguably the greatest leader of all time, Moses. Despite begging God not to choose Him, God did some amazing things through Moses including parting the sea and turning the Nile into blood. Some impossible feats were accomplished through the God of the impossible. To follow Moses must have been so nerve-racking but Joshua had been chosen for this task, he was made for this role and God reassures him. In Joshua 1:9 God says to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” God doesn’t suggest this advice to Joshua and give him the choice to obey it or not, he commands Joshua to do so. God also commands us to be strong and courageous because He is with us wherever we go. God doesn’t just say this to Joshua the one time, he says it to him four times over. These are words we need to be reminded of every day.

We all have moments of fear, doubt, and weakness but that is what it means to be human. Joshua is bound to have had moments of fear, doubt, and weakness when he became Israel's new leader. But God continues to remind him that He is with him wherever he goes. No matter how high the walls of Jericho were, he put his faith in God. There are many situations we find ourselves in which are challenging and can cause us to worry. But what happens when we put them up against the words that God spoke to Joshua? No matter what the challenges are or the worries that can consume us, we can be strong and courageous because God is there with us wherever we go.

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