“Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.
Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.”
When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.” Exodus 3:1-6
In the fall of 2016, our former intern Sydney Ota (who is now a college student entering nursing school,) with my support successfully launched Lego Sunday School for the kids at church, many of whom had never been exposed to Scripture. The curriculum is based on Building Faith Brick by Brick, by Emily Given, a dynamic and innovative approach to teaching Bible stories and Christian faith to children from kindergarten through fifth grade. Sydney ordered our needed Lego bricks and other supplies for us, and recruited participants.
The concept is simple; hear a bible story, such as Moses with the burning bush, and then make it out of Lego bricks. And they did!
Fast forward to 2021, and we’re still in the midst of this pandemic. With the vaccines coming, we see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is long. How do we reach our youngsters and teach them our faith in this radically new context? I can tell you! We’re hoping to launch our own Zoom version of Lego Sunday School. The weekly “events” will be short enough (we hope) for young attention spans, and we invite everyone with children this age to sign up.
How can you help?
To experience the full range of creativity, we will need large quantities of Lego pieces. We are looking for hand-me-downs from families, online auction sites, etc. Ask your kids and grandkids if they have a set to give, or donate the funds to purchase them. Lots of extra body parts/people/figures are definitely needed, too. Each child will be given a “baseplate” to build on, and a bowl of Lego bricks with which to build their creations, and once we settle on an agreed upon time, we’ll be ready to go. We pray this effort will help foster an environment that invites a deepening relationship with Jesus by the children as well as the youth helpers we’ll supervise to teach it.
By God’s grace, it sounds like a win-win situation to me!