MIRACLES OF JESUS

Creation Station #1

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Cary North Carolina. It may be used for non-profit uses only.

 

CREATION STATION    This workshop will take 45 minutes.

 

SCRIPTURE:  The Feeding of the 5000 (Matthew 14:13-21)  Key Verse:  “Jesus said...,’They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’” (Mt. 14:16) (See also Mark 6:30-44,

Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:1-14)

 

OBJECTIVES:  The children will begin to understand that Jesus cared for people’s                                                     physical, as well as spiritual, hunger.

                           The children will see God’s and Jesus’ compassion for all people.

 

CONCEPT:  Define “miracle” for children (miracle - a wonderful event which shows us the power of God, or an especially vivid moment when as a result of an unexpected and surprising event, one becomes aware of the presence and power or God at work). 

 

This workshop will allow many types of learning to take place.  Creating a work of art allows the visual learner to reach out and make the story real, it allows the kinesthetic learner to experience the story and the logical/mathematical learner will create, if given the chance, something that reinforces the story for her.  This story is one that most of the children will have heard before, but it is indeed a miracle and should not be ‘reasoned’ away. 

 

PROCEDURE:

 

1.  Welcome the kids.  Open the time with prayer.  In your prayer, thank God for each person gathered there and ask God to open your ears and eyes that you might all see/hear/experience God’s awesome power.  If you are not comfortable using your own prayer, find one in a resource book in library, ask someone to write one for you to use.

 

2.  Make sure you know each child’s name and use their names when speaking with them.  You may want to have each child introduce themselves in a game appropriate for CREATION STATION.         

Younger kids:

For example:  Hi, my name is ______________and my favorite color  is _____________.

 

Older kids:

Hi, my name is ___________________ and a color I like is _____________.  (The color must start with the same letter as the person’s name.

 

3.  Introduce the bible lesson.  Because this is the CREATION STATION it would be fun and very appropriate to have some way of telling the story that incorporates art or an art form.  For example, do a ‘chalk talk’ as you tell the story.  Create cartoons on an overhead as you tell or read the story.  You might also want to have two lumps of clay and shape them into a loaf of bread and fish as you tell the story, only revealing what you have created at the end of the story.  You may want to have kids draw or ‘doodle’ with markers as you tell/read the story.  These are just suggestions to get the creative juices flowing, feel free to get the story to them however you feel most comfortable and a way that you feel suits the story.

 

Whatever method of introducing the bible lesson you choose, it is recommended that you use either the New Revised Standard Version or Contemporary English Version if you are reading it directly from scripture. 

 

Many children’s bible story book have this story and a Christian Bookstore will also have storybooks about this story.  One that is available is Loaves & Fishes, by Helen Caswell, Abingdon.  (Note of caution - J. Nowak says the author of the above book states that as Jesus handed out bread and fish, “they never got any smaller.”  This is the only reservation J. Nowak has about this book with its beautiful illustrations.  We must be sure not to instill the idea in children that Jesus was a slight of hand artist, a magician.  Use this book carefully.)

 

4. Activity:  Create something!  Some possible suggestions would be a bread plate made from clay using various clay techniques (braid plate, hand formed, shape around an object).  a ‘fish’ craft would also be good here.  When choosing a project, please remember:

 

            a.  Do not show a finished product.  If you want to have samples, provide a wide variety                     to let the kids know there is no “right” way to create.

            b.  The process of creating is more important than the finished product.  This means that                               working with materials, experimenting and letting the kids create something that will

                  help them remember the story is the focus of this activity.

            c.   Help kids relate what they are doing to the story.  Does the project remind them of

                 a certain part of the story.  Does the project relate to how we can apply the story

                 today (a bread plate to share with others, as Jesus shared - something to remind us

                 us at mealtimes that other people are hungry and don’t have enough to eat always,                                 etc.

 

5. Discussion:  At this particular workshop, the discussion can be incorporated into informal sharing during the “creating” time.  Some things to consider sharing with the children include:

           

            Talk about how individual children might have responded if they had been on the hill with Jesus.  Remind them that there were many people there.  Would they have known that Jesus had fed all of them with just a few loaves and fishes?

            Talk about the significance of the story, including Jesus’ compassion and his actions (the people were hungry so he fed them).

            Talk about what  is our responsibility for  feeding the hungry, if we take seriously our discipleship and the fact that we are Jesus’ hands on earth today.

 

7.  Clean up.  Involve the children as much as is possible in this part of the experience.

 

8.  Have kids put either a stamp from your workshop, a sticker or a small item (draw bread/fish?) in their journal to help them remember where they went and what the workshop was about.  This is to help them when they do their journal writing at the end of the day.

 

CLOSING:

 

Close with a prayer.  For example:  Creator God, thank you for food, for our bodies, for our creative being and for our souls.  Thank you for Jesus, who showed us how to live.  Amen.

 

TEACHER PREP IN ADVANCE:

 

1. Get all the materials you are going to need.   Plan how kids are going to mark their art work and whether they will take it with at the end of the workshop, at the end of the day or at the end of the week.

 

3.  Write opening prayer  or “get” one you like.

 

4.  Decide how you want to present the bible lesson and practice whatever method you choose.  Practice telling the story and get any props you might wish to use (nothing to elaborate for props!)

 

5.  Plan for discussion.  Try to incorporate the thoughts above in the Discussion section into the creative part of the workshop.  Depending on how long the ‘creating’ takes, you will probably find you have more time for this with the older classes than the younger classes. 

 

6.  Decide what you want to use to ‘mark’ kids’ journals.  This sticker/stamp/item is to help them remember what they saw, did, learned in your workshop to help them at journal writing at the end of the day.  It is NOT to be a craft they do, just a small item you have for them to place in their Daily Journal to encourage them to respond to what they have experienced.

 

7.  Decide how you want to close.  Have prayer written - are you going to read it, have kids read it together, one kid read, etc.  What if you have extra time?  Are there other activities you could do?   Have something else “up your sleeve” just in case you have a few extra minutes.   For example, have kids help prep materials for next group, another craft, clean or free ‘draw’ to a CD of contemporary Christian music.  Just suggestions!

 

MATERIALS:

*All items needed for creativity activity

Bible or Bible story book, might be Loaves & Fishes

items for clean up - place to wash hands, broom, etc.

 

REFERENCES:

“Jesus’ Miracles”, J. Nowak, Memorial Presbyterian Church, Xenia, OH