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Hi everyone, and welcome to Messy Church at home! We hope you're well and that you enjoy what's lined up here. If anyone has a birthday in July, we hope you had/ will have a good day.

Normally in July the schools break up for summer but it’s a bit weird this year because some haven’t been to school since March, whilst others who have returned to the classroom have found it really different. This is not the end of the school year we usually have!

Today we’re thinking about when God’s people reached a bit of a dead end on their journey – and what God did to help them – as we look at the incredible true story of Moses and how God led them out of Egypt by opening up the sea for them. More of that soon.

But first let’s sing a couple of songs. Our first one has become a real favourite for us at Messy Church: ‘Our God is a great big God, and He holds us in His hands.’

Our God is a Great Big God

Let's have another song, 'How did Moses cross the Red Sea?', which introduces our story for today. (Warning - contains spoilers)

But why did Moses and the people need to cross the Red Sea in the first place? Take a look at this

Now just look what happened when they came to the Red Sea. It's amazing!

Here's the true story of the escape through the Red Sea, taken from the book of Exodus chapter 14 in the Bible

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! 16 Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. 17 And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will charge in after the Israelites. My great glory will be displayed through Pharaoh and his troops, his chariots, and his charioteers. 18 When my glory is displayed through them, all Egypt will see my glory and know that I am the Lord!”

19 Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to the rear of the camp. The pillar of cloud also moved from the front and stood behind them. 20 The cloud settled between the Egyptian and Israelite camps. As darkness fell, the cloud turned to fire, lighting up the night. But the Egyptians and Israelites did not approach each other all night.

21 Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. 22 So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!

23 Then the Egyptians—all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers—chased them into the middle of the sea. 24 But just before dawn the Lord looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and he threw their forces into total confusion. 25 He twisted[b] their chariot wheels, making their chariots difficult to drive. “Let’s get out of here—away from these Israelites!” the Egyptians shouted. “The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt!”

26 When all the Israelites had reached the other side, the Lord said to Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush back and cover the Egyptians and their chariots and charioteers.” 27 So as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the water rushed back into its usual place. The Egyptians tried to escape, but the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 Then the waters returned and covered all the chariots and charioteers—the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived.

29 But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides. 30 That is how the Lord rescued Israel from the hand of the Egyptians that day. And the Israelites saw the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the seashore. 31 When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They put their faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

Here's a few thoughts on the story:

So remember...

Whatever we're facing, and it may be really tough, we have a God who can make a difference and who promises to go with His people. Let's remember that as we reflect on the story with this montage

God will make a way

Want to have a go at making ice-cream or the sandcastle art?

We hope you've enjoyed our Messy Church service today.

We have some crafts to take you on a virtual visit to the seaside, as we've been on the beach by the Red Sea for the story today.

 If you would like to do any of the activities below, contact Stephen Taylor on 07902 946 004 and we can deliver one of our craft packs to you (Leicester residents only!).
In your craft pack you should have most of the resources you'll need for the activities.

Make some ice-cream

  1. Combine the cream and condensed milk and whisk until it is the consistency of clotted cream.
  2. If you have any flavourings such as vanilla add them now.
  3. Put the ice-cream in a tub or loaf tin and freeze until frozen
  4. Once frozen scoop onto the cone and add sprinkles.
  5. Enjoy

Watch the video to see how to complete your sandcastle art

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