General Resources and other Lessons and Ideas for Teaching the Story of Creation in Genesis 1 and 2 in Sunday School

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Hi Susanna,
Sorry to be so slow!
The workshop leader made sure the kids didn't waste too many pics. a group of three kids took 5-10 pics. Fortunately, I was able to use budget money to buy the least expensive disposable cameras from wal-mart. The end result was even better than what the workshop leader expected. The booklets were beautiful! I hope you have fun with it if you decide to use it.

Creation

Storytelling Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities: 

The story of Creation as told by Wisdom (based on Proverbs 8:22-31) - a guided visualization (see script below).

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 1 - 2:4


Leader preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.

Supplies List:

  • Sound of the ocean CD
  • “Before All Time” from Gospel Light VBS 1998 and “Sonlight Island” songs.


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and Introduce yourself.

 

Dig- Main Content and Reflection

 

Lesson Plan: 
Darken the room slightly, and play a tape of the sound of the ocean. Ask the kids to close their eyes, if they are willing, and listen. This monologue is based on Proverbs 8, Job 38, Wisdom of Solomon 7.

“I am Wisdom - the Wisdom of God who created you and all the universe. I am a breath of the power of God, pure spirit coming forth from God Almighty, a mirror reflecting all the work of God, an image of God’s goodness. I am the firstborn of Creation. Before the beginning of the earth, I was there. Before God shaped the mountains,

I was there. Before God drew a circle around the seas so that the water might not overflow its banks, God created me. God created the universe through God’s Wisdom, so that all Creation reflects the goodness of God. I was there when God made the earth with its fields.

I watched, while God made firm the skies above and established fountains of water in the depths of the ocean. I delighted in the humans God made and rejoiced in the beauty of the world. Sometimes you humans believe that you can know all the ways of God. Sometimes you think you understand God’s will. But I tell you, how can you understand al the ways of God? Were you there when God laid the foundation of the earth? Can you number the grains of sand, or the drops of water in the ocean? Is it by human wisdom that the hawk soars in the air, or the horse runs like the wind? God’s ways are not like human ways. And God’s thoughts are not like human thoughts.

Trust in God and follow the way of God’s Wisdom. Listen for God’s Word and respect everything that God has made. God created all things for good and for life. God mourns at the destruction of any living thing. Be happy that you are created in God’s image. God has made you humans to be caretakers of all things. Cherish the earth and all living beings. Everywhere you look in the world, you can see the reflection of God’s love. Remember that, and thank God every day for the great gift of Creation.”

Theme Song: “Before All Time” from Gospel Light VBS 1998, “Sonlight Island.” This song is beautiful and has hand movements to go with the words.

 

Closing:

Have the children reflect on what they've just heard and close with a prayer.



Editor's Note:
"Wisdom" doing the speaking is a device used often in scripture and Jewish tradition.

Word is another way to say Wisdom. In the Gospel of John, Creation comes into existence through God's Word. And the Word became flesh.


 

A lesson written by Rhonda from: St. James Presbyterian Church

Mechanicsburg, PA

 

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For one of our "Creation" lessons, we talked about how God rested on the 7th day. We decided he probably didn't stay in bed all day!

We talked about the things we do to recharge and had each child come up with a short list (eg listening to music, reading etc) and had the kids PANTOMIME things from their list (i.e. play charades)

We then paired up the children, gave them a clipboard and they surveyed the members as to how they "rested," using our list as a starting point and letting people choose from the list or add something different. We came back together and created a graph to show the different ways and what was most popular, took turns colouring in the graph blocks and put the results on display in the church hall where we all gather for morning tea. 

Have teachers/parents bring in digital cameras and print the photos on your computer printer or use your CELLPHONES.   You can connect your Cellphone or Digital camera to your classroom TV by way of a simple connecting cable.

Photographing the Creation Story

After studying and discussing the seven days of Creation, students go forth to PHOTOGRAPH things that represent each of the Days of Creation.  This can be as literal or as figurative as the students can imagine.  For example, instead of photographing the sun, photograph light streaming through the trees.

Give groups/students a helper to supervise the camera/cellphone, and provide suggestions. Have them come up with multiple photos for each day.

Be sure to include "sabbath" and capture images of the church or people in worship or praying or resting (all the ways people "sabbath")

Upon returning to the class, show the photos on the classroom TV by connecting the camera or cellphone to the "video in" input on the back of your TV. Use an HDMI 2 Cellphone connecting cable for your cellphone (about $15 on Amazon).

Have each student describe their photo and how they think it show the "it is good" aspect of that part of Creation. "What's so good about plants?"  About people?  About Sabbath?


Based on an idea by Nicole Hartung, Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport, CT



 

Free Bible illustrations by Richard Gunther contributed to freeBibleimages.org and licensed for non-commercial teaching use.

https://www.freebibleimages.or...rations/rg-creation/

To see all of his illustration organized by Bible story go to https://www.freebibleimages.or...tors/richardgunther/



You can also see many of his Bible illustrations formatted by author Jill Kemp as FREE printable Bible story books for younger children and preschoolers at

http://www.lambsongs.co.nz/One...0Bible%20Stories.htm (NEW Testament stories) and

http://www.lambsongs.co.nz/one..._old%20testament.htm (OLD Testament stories).

They also have a "one page" printable on the days of Creation...

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