Scripture: Genesis 1:1 -2:25
Key Scripture Verse: Genesis 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Contemporary English Version)
“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good and his steadfast love endures forever.”
Psalm 136:1 (CEV)
·God created the universe and all that is in it.
·God wants us to care for God’s creation.
1. Students will learn that Genesis is a story written to help people understand whom God is, how God relates to the created order and how people are to relate to God in this created order.
2. Students will think about how communities of faith are partners with God as they participate in a continuing creation process using the skills and abilities that God provides to us.
3. Children will enjoy their own creation process, making something from “nothing.” Each child will depict a portion of the Genesis creation story in a clay plague.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Welcome the children and introduce yourself.
2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself. A short prayer thanking God for being a part of our lives would be appropriate. Ask God to help us to be aware of his presence so that we may do good things as Jesus has taught us.
1. Discuss the background of today’s story. Have the children use their Bibles to locate the story in Genesis 1:1-2:4. The word Genesis comes from a Greek word meaning beginning. This is a book that tells about the beginnings of the universe, night and day, the land, life and especially humans. Whether one person or a group of people wrote it, this was the writer's way of understanding and helping others to understand all the wonderful things that God created. When it was written, people didn't travel far and they had no idea of how truly magnificent God's creation was. They had no idea that God's creation allowed for differing geographic areas and climates and totally different plants and animals to suit each sector.
2. God’s creation was very orderly; a balance of sun and stars, earth and sky, land and water and plants and animals. When God created everything he made it possible for things to continue happening - for plants to create seeds so more can grow, for animals to have babies and multiply and for people to have talents so that they can make things and create also. God is the artist who created all the beauty that surrounds us and many possibilities for change. When we pay attention to his wishes and use his love of us, we too can create good things.
3. Take a minute to talk to the children about the creation they are going to be doing in this workshop. Tell them that they can choose a portion of the Genesis creation story to depict in a clay plaque. Just as everything was formless in the beginning and needed God to create all these things, clay is a formless lump and needs the shaping of our hands. By properly sculpting clay, we too can create something good.
1. Create! It would be a good idea to have children put on smocks. Pass out materials. Every child will receive a lump of clay about the size of a small orange, a craft stick (Popsicle stick), and a 5”x 7” piece of cardboard. It is easiest to remove the clay from the bag and cut it into pieces with a strand of picture wire.
2. Have the children flatten and push the clay over the cardboard until the top surface is mostly covered about ½ “ deep. It can be irregular or rectangular, but should stay a little in from the edges.
3. Using the wooden sticks and their fingers, they can incise and sculpt texture, lines and shapes to depict one or more parts of the creation story. There are many possibilities - a landscape, a specific animal, a design of sun and stars, man, etc. Using the end, they can press their initials in one corner.
4. Clean up! Involve all kids in this so that you will have time to share together in the closing. You may want to have a prearranged signal or sound for clean up and tell them at beginning of art project what that will be - perhaps giving them a 5 minute warning and then the final clean up notice to allow those who need a bit more warning that they need to complete whatever they are working on.
5. Collect any unused scraps of clay and return to plastic bag. Sticks may be thrown away. Have a bucket of water for children to rinse their hands in before using a washbowl. Dump water outside, as clay is bad for drains. Damp wipe tables.
6. Turn out lights and lock the classroom door when leaving.
Shepherds will pass out the Journals and pencils/markers. The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson - We remember what blessings God has provided in his creation and we celebrate this by caring for his creation and creating our own good things. The children can also reflect on how they can use their creative skills to help make the world a better place.
1. Encourage the children to think about how out of absolutely nothing, God created the world and all its variety. Remind them to think of all the places that are very different from where they live. Have them share ideas about some of the things God created that are special to them. Ask them how people can care for God’s creation.
2. Say the Key Memory Verse together (see above). You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can take home.
3. Pray! Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Thank God for giving us this marvelous world to be a part of.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop.
2. Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.
3. Check the art room to see what supplies exist. Make a sample so you will understand the process and pitfalls.
5. Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process. Cut corrugated cardboard boxes into enough 5” x7” pieces to have one for each child. Have the materials ready to go. There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.
6. Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or use one of the group suggestions.
AMACO Mexican Pottery Clay - Air Dry (available in 5 or 25 lb. cartons)
Wooden Popsicle sticks
5" x7" Cardboard sheets
One 18" strand of picture wire
Bucket of water, sponge