Engage your Sunday School students in the story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho so that they can apply its lessons to their lives. In the book of Joshua, the story is told about how the Israelites came upon the city of Jericho. God told them that the city would be theirs and that everything would be destroyed except for Rahab, who took in the Israeli spies, and her family. The Israelites marched in silence around the walls for six days. On the seventh day, the priests blew the trumpets, the people shouted, and the walls of Jericho came tumbling down.
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Build a wall with cardboard blocks. After telling the story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho, teach your students a marching song, preferably one with Jericho as the subject. Then have them march around the wall silently six times. On the seventh time around, have them stamp their feet, shout and sing until the wall topples over.
Give each of your older Sunday School students a piece of paper with bricks outlined on it. After telling the story of Jericho and the walls coming down, ask them to spend a few minutes in quiet prayer and reflection. Have them write in each of the bricks something that separates them from God. Then let all students fold the paper and take it home. Encourage them to take it out during the week and pray that God will find a way to make the wall that separates them come tumbling down.
Give Sunday School children pieces of poster board or construction paper that they can roll up in a cylinder to make a trumpet. Give them buttons to glue on and let them decorate the horns any way they wish. Before rolling it up and gluing it, have students write the week's memory verse along the side of it.
Talk about how the Israelites may have been sceptical about God's commands on how to take the city. However, they had learnt in their years in the desert not to grumble and to instead trust in God. God had placed Joshua as their commander and because the Israelites chose to obey Joshua, God delivered the city into their hands. Play a version of Simon Says, but use "Joshua Says" instead.
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