Music Workshop Lessons and Ideas for Teaching the Creation Story in Sunday School

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Creation
Music Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Creation song to the tune of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."

 

 

Scripture References:

Genesis 1 and 2

 


Leader Preparation:

  • Make pictures of each of the creations made on the seven days as listed below. A computer graphics program works well.
  • Also, make a big header sign saying "Creation" and smaller signs saying "Day 1," "Day 2," etc through "Day 7."
    • Idea for the seventh day graphic - A pillow with the word "Good!" on it.
  • Hang the day signs in a column left and under the header "Creation" sign. The pictures will be hung next to each day as the lesson is discussed.
  • If available, use a globe as a prop. Set it on a small table in front of the children as a visual aid.

 

Supplies List:

  • Globe
  • Creation Pictures
  • Header sign and smaller signs
  • Other props


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Dig- Main Content and Reflection

Creation Discussion:
In the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, God creates the universe and all that is in it. How long do you think it took God? Can you believe creation lasted for only seven days? That's only one week! Wow! Let's talk about what God did on those seven days.

Discuss each day with the children and hang the pictures on the wall. This will serve as a guide for the song.

Day 1: day and night
Day 2: sky and clouds
Day 3: land, plants, and sea
Day 4: sun, moon, and stars
Day 5: fish and birds
Day 6: animals and people
Day 7: God rested and said it was good!

Warm-up exercises:
Everyone please stand so we can do some warm-up exercises and loosen up. Listen to my instructions and act out what I say.

Jump up and down like a kangaroo.
Squat down and rise like the sun.
Flap your arms like a bird.
Sway like the wind.
Swim like a fish.
Twinkle your fingers like the stars.
Walk like an elephant.

Song:
This is a personalized version of "He's got the Whole World in His Hands." The verses were changed to reflect each day of Creation. The split-track version on the Wee Sing cassette tape All God's Creations works very well as it repeats 8 verses, just what is needed. Simple actions can be added to the song or a tambourine or other musical instruments can help keep the beat.

1. He's got the whole world in his hands,

He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

2. He's got the day and the night in His hands,
3. He's got the sky and the clouds in His hands,
4. He's got the land, plants, and sea in His hands,
5. He's got the sun, moon, and stars in His hands,
6. He's got the fish and the birds in His hands,
7. He's got the animals and people in His hands,

8. On the seventh day He rested and said it was good,
On the seventh day He rested and said it was good,
On the seventh day He rested and said it was good,
He made the whole world in His hands!

Closing:
Thanks for being here today. I hope you had fun. Everyone please grab your neighbor's hand and form a circle in the center of the room for closing prayer.

Dear God - Thank you for creating the whole world and for creating us. Each day we will look at the world around us and appreciate all the beauty you created - the day and night; sky and clouds; land, plants, and sea; sun, moon, and stars; fish and birds; animals and people; and all of nature. Your Creation is awesome! Help us appreciate and take care of it. In God's name, Amen!

 


 

A lesson written by Tisha S. Alfson from: St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Millard, Nebraska

 

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dana Posted
I am looking for a very simple CREATION SONG SUGGESTIONS FOR 2/3 YEAR OLDS. Something that has some movement/action and sunt to the tune of a familiar song would be a great big plus.



Valerie Posted


Somewhere I remember using the praise song "GOD IS SO GOOD" and then add the following verses:

Thank God for sunshine,
Thank God for sunshine,
Thank God for sunshine,
He's so good to us.

And then continue with thanking Him for other aspects of creation...the sky....nighttime... big trees....

let the kids come up with what they are thankful for.

 


Angie Ross Posted


PIGGY BACK SONG BOOKS have two great books--one with Jesus songs and one about God. The simple songs are to be sung to familiar tunes like London Bridge, Farmer in the Dell, Row Row Row Your Boat, etc.

click on below and scroll down for more infor.
Piggyback Book Information


MMB Posted
I would recommend the Piggy Back Songs listed at the back of AUGSBURG FORTRESS'S "LIFESONGS" (It goes with their Sunday School curriculum, but the songs are great other places! Especially for churches with a liturgical worship style.)

I've used this with toddlers as young as 14 months, making up motions to go with each verse. (They love to creep on the floor with verse 5!) Even if they don't sing, they seem to get the idea. (words removed due to copyright)

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All Things Bright and Beautiful has been put to music. It's in the United Methodist Hymnal.

Here are some other ideas:
Cokesbury's 2002 VBS -- God's Great Gallery!
The CD has the following songs that would fit:
* Come and See What God Has Done
* God's Great Gallery
* I Am a Masterpiece
* Living in the Middle of God's Creation
* Wow! Look What God Has Done
* Why Did God Make Worms?
* Shout to the Lord
* This is the Day


From Sing & Shout Songs for Children's Ministry, Vol. 4 (published by Group)
* Thank You, Lord, For Making Me

From Sing & Shout Songs for Children's Ministry, Vol. 2 (published by Group)
* I Sing the Mighty Power of God

From Golden Books Music: Hymns for Kids
* This is My Father's World

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Exchange Volunteer moved this post to this topic. The "age group" referred to is 4th and 5th grade.


I had a powerful creation lesson with this age group based on the song "Before There Were Roses" by Ken Medema.

 

The song I used was on a CD called "Come to God's Party" from a unit of Augsburg's Firelight I. This curriculum is no longer available, but you can get the CD, or just download the song at Ken's website:  http://kenmedema.com/beforethe...rerosesdownload.aspx

The idea of the lyrics is that before everything there was God- the weaver- and God's plan, and that He weaves everything together in an "infinite tapestry".

 

It is a really neat sounding song- you can feel the "weaving".

  • Suggest you let them listen to it the first time to feel the "weaving". 
  • Then as they listen the second time to the song have the kids write down everything created that they hear in the song. 
  • We then talked about tapestries [suggestion: an example would have been nice to have for this] and discussed the idea that each one of them was part of God's created tapestry- part of his beautiful design.

I particularly remember this because it was one of the more challenging students that seemed most struck by the idea that he, specifically, was part of God's creation and God's plan.

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Creation

Music Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

To experience the story of creation by singing songs and playing a musical game to the tune, "Farmer in the Dell."

 


Scripture Reference: 

Genesis 1:1-2:3

 


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

 

Supplies List:

  • CD “All-time Favorites,” music and tape for the following songs:
    • “Everything Was Made by God,”
    • “Clap Your Hands”
    • “God Is So Good”

Moderator Note: "All-Time Favorites" does not appear to be available. "Clap Your Hands" and "God is So Good" are found on many other CDs and as MP3 downloads on Christian Book Distributing.

 



Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

 

Greet the children and Introduce yourself. Sing some warm-up songs. You can find these on the CD “All-time Favorites,” # 32, 36, 37, 38

 

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection

 

Lesson Plan
Talk briefly about the story of creation, referring to the Bible passages. Use the children’s Bible for younger children. Ask the children some general questions: what kinds of things did God make? How long did it take God?

Sing some songs about creation: #10, 14, and 40 off the CD (words are in the CD insert, and you can make enlarged copies on the church copier). Also sing the three songs with music and tape - “Everything was made by God,” “Clap your Hands” and “God is so good. As you sing these songs, ask the children questions about what these songs tell us about God and about creation.

Play the following game: To the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell,” sing this:

God made the ________
God made the ________
Back when the world was new
God made the ________

You can go around in a circle and have each child give a suggestion. You can also have them act out what they are saying: an animal, rain, sun, etc. You can also try having the child act it out without saying it and seeing if the rest of the group can guess what they’re doing. For the older kids have them draw it out, like a game of pictionary. Added fun: blindfold the artist!

If you have more time, try this activity: while someone reads excerpts from the creation story (the children’s bible may be a good thing to use here, for all ages), have the rest of the group use instruments to “create” background sound effects to go along with the story (wind, rain, light, animals, etc.)

 

 

Closing:

Review what they learned today. Close with prayer.

 


 

 

A lesson written by St. Elmo's Choir lesson writing group.

 

 

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Days of Creation Song

(sing to the tune of Partridge in a Pear Tree)

On the first day of Creation
God made for you and me
Dark and light
So that we could all see!

On the second day of creation
God made for you and me
Skies above
And dark and light
So that we could all see!

On the third day of creation
God made for you and me
Dry land and plants
Skies above
And dark and light
So that we could all see!

On the fourth day of creation
God made for you and me
The sun, moon and stars
Dry land and plants
Skies above
And dark and light
So that we could all see!

On the fifth day of creation
God made for you and me
Birds to fly
Fish in the seas
The sun, moon and stars
Dry land and plants
Skies above
And dark and light
So that we could all see!

On the sixth day of creation
God made for you and me
Animals and Adam
Birds to fly
Fish in the seas
The sun moon and stars
Dry land and plants
Skies above
And dark and light
So that we could all see!

On the seventh day of creation
God made for me
A day of rest, (fake snore)
And that’s ev-e-ry-thing!


Written by Valerie Marcum, from EBAC in Clinton, TN

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God is with Me          (London Bridges tune)

God is with me every day,

When I sleep and when I play.

God is with me every day,

So I praise Him

Creation Canon /Round

For sun and sky, and moon and stars, We give you thanks oh Lord;

For land and sea, and rocks and trees, We give you thanks oh Lord;

For frogs and pups, and cows and ducks, We give you thanks oh Lord;

For Adam and Eve, for you and me, We give you thanks oh Lord;

For Family and Friends so dear,  We give you thanks oh Lord.

 

 

I'm sure someone else has written the bottom , but none that I can locate.   To the best of my knowledge, I made this up.  If not, please inform me!   Thanks

Third Day's "God of Wonders" is a terrific contemporary ode to Creation.  Here's one fan video with images of creation and the lyrics.  There are others on Youtube.  

These make great discussion starters, intros, or devotionals in classroom or children's worship. They are particularly impressive when projected large and played on a good set of speakers.

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