RiverKidz Workshops Summary:
Art Workshop: the children will hear/experience the Creation story by being creators themselves. They will look at the work of Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling and will experiment with painting while lying on their backs and with painting frescoes.
Games Workshop: the children will play a variety of games which will help them learn the order in which things were created. And they will understand that we can enjoy Creation.
Movie Workshop: the children will view a video featuring the poem “Creation” by James Weldon Johnson. Then they will compare the Biblical version and the poet’s version of the Creation story. They also will create their own poems about Creation.
Storytelling & Creative Movement Workshop: the children will hear and experience the Creation story with mystery containers that hold objects which provide a sensory experience of the story. Then they will interpret the Scripture kinesthetically using scarves and creative movement.
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Scripture: Genesis 1:1 - 2:3
Children are naturally full of questions: Why is the sky blue? What are clouds made of? How do tadpoles turn into frogs? These questions provide an excellent opportunity to talk not only about science, but about your faith: “Isn’t it an amazing world God created!? Everything fits together so well!”
Our study of creation will include a look at how God created everything, not because He was lonely, but for His own good pleasure. We will do some creating ourselves, and will consider what it means to be created in God’s image. We will consider Creation “not as a story of a process, but a story of who God is: God is powerful, mighty, creative and good!” (Garnett Slatton, “Even Before the Beginning, God...”, sermon June 22, 2003.)
Our memory verse for this Rotation is “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11 (NLT)
What we will learn:
At the end of the rotation, the students will
- know that “Genesis” means “beginning” and that it is the first book in the Bible and includes many stories, including the creation story.
- know that God was there first (and always).
- know that God created all the things in the world.
- know that God created everything good.
- be able to repeat the memory verse.
Family Time with God:
From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. Romans 1:20
Read the Scripture: Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 and Psalm 19
Explore the world: Spend some time with your child(ren) exploring the miraculous wonders that God created:
- Plant a seed. Watch how the seemingly dead seed with the addition of water, soil and sunlight becomes a green plant — and colorful flowers or yummy food, too!
- Lie in the grass and watch the clouds float and the birds fly.
- On a stormy day, listen to the thunder and the wind. Watch the lightning flash and the trees blow.
- Taste some fruits and vegetables. Smell them. Think about all the thousands of different tastes your tongue can detect. Think about all the different smells your nose can detect.
- Scratch a cat behind the ears. Feel its soft fur. Listen to it purr. Or pat a dog and watch its tail wag. Feed your pets, or volunteer to feed a friend’s pets. Remember that God commanded us to be responsible for creation and to take care of it. (See Genesis 1:28.)
- Go to the zoo or aquarium and marvel at the variety of animals — and plants — that God created. Some of them (like armadillos) look awfully funny, but they have a specific purpose in this world and are designed just right to do it and to live in a certain environment.
Some things to think about:
- What in Creation shows God’s power?
- What in Creation shows God’s beauty?
- What in Creation shows God’s love?
- What else can you learn about God by studying Creation?
Pray: read Psalm 8 as a prayer of praise and thanksgiving for all of Creation.
Thank you to our Creation Rotation Team:
Curriculum Writers: Cathy Greenwood, Jamie Senyard, Amy Crane
Sunday School Coordinator:
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 8 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
RIVER COMMUNITY CHURCH
RIVERKIDZ ROTATION MODEL LESSON PLANS
Scripture: Genesis 1:1 - 2:3
Teacher Background Notes
“Why is the sky blue? Where do babies come from? Why do dogs bark? These are all questions that every young child asks. Preschool thru Grade School children are constantly discovering God’s creations as they explore the natural world. And we can help them discover the loving creator God who made it all.
In the beginning, there were no blue skies, no cuddly babies or barking dogs. There was nothing at all. But then God began to create. God spoke and out of nothing came the sun, the moon, the earth, the mountains, the valleys, the plants and the animals. God’s loving hands created everything around us.” (from http://www.dltk-bible.com/guides/god_made_me.htm)
As we focus on Creation, remember that it is “not a story of a process, but a story of who God is. God is powerful, mighty, creative, and good!” (Slatton, “Even Before the Beginning, God...").
Genesis is the first of five books of Bible attributed to Moses. The stories found in Genesis were written down by Moses (and given to Moses) as the Israelites wandered in the wilderness. (The other four books in the Pentateuch (Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy) were accounts of the Israelites’ escape from captivity in Egypt, their experiences in the wilderness, and the laws and instructions given to Moses by God.) The Genesis stories show God’s love and faithfulness to His people as he cares for all He created. God valued the world. He saw that it was good, and He trusted it to us. God did not create the world and then abandon it.
“Genesis means ‘beginnings’ or ‘origin,’ and it unfolds the record of the beginning of the world, of human history, of family, of civilization, of salvation. It is the story of God’s purpose and plan for his creation. As the book of beginnings, Genesis sets the stage for the entire Bible. It reveals the person and nature of God (Creator, Sustainer, Judge, Redeemer); the value and dignity of human beings (made in God’s image, saved by grace, used by God in the world); the tragedy and consequences of sin (the fall, separation from God, judgment); and the promise and assurance of salvation (covenant, forgiveness, promised Messiah).” (Life Application Study Bible notes.)
Take some time to read Genesis 2: 4b-25. Note that a different storyteller tells another version of the creation story, with more focus on the creation of humans. The stories don’t conflict, they just have different emphases.
In the Movie Workshop in particular, the children are asked if they think God created the world because He was lonely. (The poet James Weldon Johnson cites this reason.) The answer is “No!” If necessary, remind the children that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit has been there since always: “God has always existed in perfect community. The Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father in the communion of the Spirit.” -- Prof. James Torrance
NOTE: The first chapter of Genesis is written in a poetic, liturgical form. It is not meant to be science. It is a statement of faith. In the off-chance you get a hard-to-answer question regarding evolution, creation, how long is a day, etc., tell the child that we need to think about it and get back to them next week, and in the meantime they might want to ask their parents. Please bring any questions that arise to Garnett or Jamie during the week and agree on a meaningful response for the following Sunday.
- Slatton, Garnett. “Even Before the Beginning, God...” Sermon on Genesis 1; June 22, 2003; River Community Church, Prairieville, Louisiana.
- Slatton, Garnett. “Image Is Everything.” Sermon on Genesis 1:27-28; June 29, 2003; River Community Church, Prairieville, Louisiana.
- Slatton, Garnett. “One Is Not Enough.” Sermon on Genesis 2:18-23; July 20, 2003; River Community Church, Prairieville, Louisiana.
- “God Made Our World” teachers guide from dltkkids.com (no longer available)
- Life Application Study Bible notes. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1986.
Books for sharing during Shepherd Time: there are many beautiful picture book versions of the Creation story available in the public library. Here are a few to look for (but there many others that also are appropriate — just check the shelves in the children’s non-fiction Dewey Decimal number 220s and 230s sections):
- God’s Gift by Jean Richards focuses on the second creation story — creation of man and woman.
- Genesis with art by Ed Young: abstract/impressionistic paintings accompany the creation story and may inspire some movement for the drama lesson.
- The Story of Creation, illustrated by Jane Ray.
- Several illustrators have brought the words of James Weldon Johnson’s poem The Creation to life, including Carla Golembe (bright colored monotype prints) and James E. Ransome (vivid paintings of creation interspersed with images of a southern country storyteller). This poem is the focus in the Movie Workshop, and the children might enjoy seeing other artists’ interpretations of the words.
- The Seven Days of Creation is a simple retelling adapted from the Bible and illustrated with big, clear paintings by Leonard Everett Fisher (good for showing to large groups).
- One Day in Paradise, written and illustrated by Helme Heine, focuses on God’s creating man. The watercolor illustrations depicting God at work are charming.
- The Beautiful World that God Made is told by Rhonda Gowler Greene with the rhythms and repetition of “The House that Jack Built” and is illustrated with bold ink and collage artwork by Anne Wilson.
- At Break of Day is written by poet Nikki Grimes with an eye to Hebrews 1:1-2 which says that through the Son, God created the world and also emphasizes the act of speaking creation into being. Paul Morin’s bold textured collage-paintings capture the excitement of the creation of the universe.
- In the Beginning There Was No Sky by Walter Wangerin, Jr. retells the creation story as a love story.
Other Resources for Shepherds (just in case you have some extra time to fill):
Creation coloring sheets: http://www.coloring.ws/creation.htm
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