The Ten Commandments
- An adult introduces the Ten Commandments
and explains that in order to understand them, we're going to be doing
some time travelling today.
- We go back about 3,300 years. Readers
take us through the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments from
Exodus, with the leader adding explanations between scenes.
- We come forward to 2,000 years ago.
Readers take us through Jesus' teaching about the two greatest
commandments, with additional explanations from the leader.
- We come forward to the present day. The
leader talks about the relevance of Jesus' teaching to us today.
- At least 5 people for the readings. The
Narrator and God/Jesus have a lot to read. Aaron and "the expert" have
one line each. You also need "the people" to give a spoken response at
various points - it can work well to give scripts to two or three
families who remain seated in the congregation and all speak together
from that position at the relevant points.
- An adult to lead the teaching.
- It can be useful to have a large poster of
the Ten Commandments on display. Write them out in two columns: the first
four commandments are in the first column, which has "Love God" as its
heading; the last six commandments are in the second column, which has
"Love Other People" as its heading.
- Select readers at the start of the service
or in advance, in accordance with your usual practice.
- Make sure the "People" understand their