Creativity - Your Creator Has No Limits
August 2020 • Week 1
Today's Bible story: Creation • Genesis 1 - 2:3
Monthly memory verse: "Lord, you are great. You are really worthy of praise. No one can completely understand how great you are." Psalm 145:3
Memory Verse for 2's - Pre-K : "Lord, you are great Psalm 145:3a NiRV
Life Application: Creativity-Imagining what you could do because you're made in God's image
Praise & Pray: Sing along with the provided worship videos and pray. Access songs here
What you might pray: "Dear Lord, you are a great creative God. Please help us to open our hearts and minds as we learn today about how truly great and creative you are. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen."
Family Devotional & Discussion
What you do: Watch the complementary video together as a family and discuss today's question.
What you discuss: "Where do you see God's creativity?" [Make it Personal - Tell kids your favorite thing God made and why it's your favorite. Then encourage them to share in kind!]
Pray and bless your family
What you need: Mirror
What you do: Gather your family members in a circle
- Encourage kids or family members to take time this week to look around at all the things God has made
- Pass around the circle the mirror so every child or family member has a chance to see themselves in the mirror
- When kids or family members to look in the mirror encourage them to say, "Thank You, God, for making me in Your image"
- Close in prayer
What you might pray: "God, You are great! And You alone are worthy of our praise. We can't even understand how great You are. When we look around at all the things You made, we can see that there's no limit to Your creativity. Thank You, God, for making each one of us in Your image. God, remind us every time we look in the mirror that we were made to reflect a bit of You to the world. Please bring your protection and blessing for each member or our family and your family worldwide. In Jesus name, Amen."
What you need: Paper plate, printable creation template (Click for the template), scissors, water color paints or markers or crayons, tape
What you do: Pass out supplies for each participating family member
- Encourage kids to paint or color the earth on the plate
- Kids will then color or paint the 'Days of Creation' strips and tape the strips together
- Kids will cut two slits in the center of the plate _____ (size)
- Show kids how to insert the 'Days of Creation' strip into the slits
What you say: "When we look at the world, we see that God is creative. God didn't make just one thing. He didn't make the world one color. He made so many different things that we can't even count them all. There's no limit to God's creativity. God's creativity doesn't end with the world He made either. God's creativity shines through each of you. God made each of you in His image. God made you to think, feel, and act just a bit like Him. Imagine what you could do because you're made in His image.
[Make It Personal - Share about a time you were struck by God's creativity. Maybe you were star-gazing and you were amazed at the number of stars in the sky. Or perhaps you've volunteered at an animal shelter and seeing all the different types of dogs reminds you of God's creativity.]
What You Need: Bibles, ball
What You Do: Give each child a Bible.
- Guide/assist kids to look up and "read" Psalm 145:3.
- What does this verse tell us about God? (He is great and worthy of praise.)
- What are some other words that describe God? (powerful, amazing, kind, good, loving, awesome, big, creative, etc.)
- Guide kids to sit in a circle.
- Give one kid the ball.
- Guide that kid to say the name of a friend, roll the ball to that person, then tell them a word that describes God.
- "___ (child's name), God is ________."
- Encourage a quick pace to keep interest high.
What You Say: "You guys named some great words that we can use to describe God. One way that God is great is that He's creative. In fact, There's no limit to God's creativity. He showed us that when he made all the amazing things that we see in the world around us. "But you know what? Even if the whole world was filled with books and books of words to tell us about God, we'd STILL need more words to describe how great He is! God's greatness is indescribable!"
What You Need: Play-Doh or Kinetic Sand
What You Do: Give each child a ball of Play-Doh or Kinetic Sand.
- Ask kids to sculpt something with the Play-Doh or Kinetic Sand that relates to the story.
- Allow kids to create more than one object, if they choose.
- Work alongside kids as they sculpt, and consider sculpting something related to "On the seventh day, God rested" like a pillow or a bed.
- With each Play-Doh creation, challenge the group to identify the sculpture and how it relates to the story.
- As a group, put the sculptures in order of the story.
What You Say: "Creation is the greatest work of art of all time and all of you are part of it. We look at the world, and we see that God is creative because of everything He made. From nothing, He made everything. All we have to do is look at the different types of plants, the variety of animals and fish, or the vastness of the sky to know. There's no limit to God's creativity. And look at each of us. God made all of us in His image, and none of us are exactly the same-not even identical twins! Everywhere we look, we can see. There's no limit to God's creativity."