Summer Fun 2020 – In The Image

Our virtual event this year is “In The Image” and features music, craft, games, and plans to help create a sacred space for reflection on God and His creation. The program focuses on things – like nature and people – that are created in the image of God.

All of the ideas presented here are meant to be completed within the natural rhythm of the family during a particular week. You can engage in weekly activities in one day, or over the course of a week for maybe 10 minutes each day. You choose!


Summer Fun Week 1 – CREATIVE

To be created in the image of a Creator is to be creative. Each of us has the ability to create something beautiful, something meaningful. And real creativity isn’t about having the most. It’s about doing the most with what you have.


Bible Beat

Genesis 1:1


Songs:

In The Image

In The Image

Created to Create

Created to Creat

Treasure of Nature:

Instructions to parent:
Each child will need a feather that they can hold. Use the following text as a guide for the lesson.

Hold your feather. Feel how light it is.
Tickle the palm of your hand with it.
Now shape your hands into a little nest and gently hold the feather.

Sometimes we can get scared, worried, or stressed about things in our lives.

Will I be okay in a new class or a new school?
Will anyone come to my party?
Will we always have enough to eat or drink?
How long will we have to stay safe at home?

These worries are natural. But God doesn’t want us to spend so much time worrying that we miss out on the wonder of life.

Just as God knows every curve in your thumbprint, God knows every feather of every bird. God cares for every bird, and God cares for you very much.

Listen to these words from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, verses 25-27 –

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, verses 25-27

Now let’s sit in silence. Look at the feather in your hands and know that God will take care of you.

After a few moments of silence, pray (the children can echo):

Loving God,
Help us to not worry so much.
We know your love will take care of us.
Amen.


Cartooning:

Instructions to parent:

Materials Needed :
Strips of white poster board (or card stock or paper), pencils, colored pencils. Each strip should be at least 4 inches high and 11 inches long.

Background:
A comic strip is, in a sense, a storyboard. Story boarding was made popular by Walt Disney as a way to graphically outline a story.

What to Do:
Give each person a strip of white poster board and a pencil.
Have each person divide their strip into four equal panels.
Invite them to use each panel to depict one of the events in a favorite Bible story.

For the Creation Story, each person can choose one day of Creation to depict.
Give everyone access to an assortment of colored pencils to add color to their panels. Older children may enjoy adding speech balloons and thought balloons for a more authentic cartoon feel.


This activity can be modified to more or fewer panels, depending on the Bible story.
And remember, this activity is great for any Bible story as it offers our young artists a visually artistic way to demonstrate their knowledge of the Bible story.


Game

One Word at a Time: Improv Game

Instructions to parent:

Players Needed:
2 or more

How to Play:
Sit in a circle. Invite one person to start a story by saying the first word.
The next person says the next word of the story, and so on.
Go around the circle several times until a story has been told.
If there are only two people, simply go back and forth (Story Tennis!).

Example:
Person 1: In
Person 2: the
Person 3: beginning
Person 4: God
Person 1: created…

You can play this with just about any Bible story. And it’s a fun way to assess how well the children have internalized the story.


Family Worship

Opening Song: Created to Create

Say and Play the Bible Beat: Genesis 1:1


Bible Story: Four Faithful (Creative) Friends
Based on Mark 2:1-12

For today’s Bible story, we are going to flash forward from the very beginning of the Bible all the way to the second book in the New Testament – Mark. Here we find some very faithful and creative friends. This story has a lot of ups and downs. Listen carefully as I read. Every time you hear the word “up,” stand up. And every time you hear the word “down,” sit back down. Got it? Here we go!

Up on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee was the town of Capernaum. Jesus went there with his disciples. Arriving at a home, Jesus sat down and began teaching.

So many people had gathered there – that the house and yard were filled up with people. Meanwhile, four friends seemed rather down. On a mat, they carried their friend who was paralyzed. They really wanted their friend to see Jesus, but they couldn’t squeeze past all those people. They needed to come up with a creative solution.

They looked down at their friend, then up at the roof of the house. They knew just what to do. They reached down and picked up their friend, carrying him onto the roof. Then they dug a hole in the roof and lowered their friend down.

All the people in the house looked up and were surprised to see a man being lowered down. But Jesus was delighted at the faith of those friends. He told the man on the mat that his sins were forgiven. This made some of the legal experts there raise up an eyebrow. “Who did this Jesus think he was, forgiving someone else’s sins?!”

Jesus asked them if it was easier to tell a paralyzed person they were forgiven, or to tell them they could walk. Again, Jesus looked down at the man and said, “Get up, take your mat, and go home.”
And that’s exactly what happened. Everyone there looked down with amazement as the man on the mat got up, took his mat, and walked out. Thanks to Jesus, and four faithful, creative friends, nothing could keep the man down.

“In the beginning, God created.” That’s how the story of our faith starts. The very first thing we learn about the nature of God is that God is creative! Soon after, we learn that we are created in the image of God. To be created in the image of a Creator is to be creative. But many people believe they are not creative because they don’t compose symphonies, write best-selling books, or make movies. Yet there are SO many ways to be creative. The four friends in our Bible story show us that. They are faced with a problem and come up with a creative solution for getting their friend in front of Jesus. Our creativity doesn’t have to change the world, but it could change the world for one person.


Prayer Experience:

Hands

Let’s all look at our hands. Think about the holy hands that made your hands. God’s hands are a force for good in the world. And you are created in God’s image. That means your hands are a force for good in the world. Let’s sit for a few quiet moments as each of us imagines one way we can use our hands today, right where we are, to create more beauty, love, and kindness in God’s amazing world.

Allow a few moments for silent reflection.

Continue looking at your hands, as you echo me in prayer:

Creator God,
Thank you for creating me.
Please bless these hands
to be a creative force for good
in your amazing world.
Amen.


Joys and Concerns:

Instructions to parent:

Offer everyone a chance to share something they want to celebrate and something that’s causing them anxiety.
Encourage everyone to be present and listen to one another.

After a concern is voiced, people can respond by singing / saying:

“How Can I Keep from Singing?”

After joy is voiced, people can respond by singing / saying:

“Hallelujah”

Closing Song: In the Image


Summer Fun Week 2 – SEEING THE GOOD

After God created the heavens, the earth, and all living things,
God saw all that God made, and indeed it was very good.
To be created in the image of God is to find the good
…even when it’s not easy to see.


Bible Beat

Genesis 1:31


Songs:

All Things

All Things

It Was Good

It Was Good

Treasure of Nature: Acorn

Instructions to parent:
Each child will need an acorn that they can hold. Use the following text as a guide for the lesson.

Hold your acorn.
It may be small, but oh – the potential it has!
There is a saying – Inside one acorn is an entire forest.
Just think about it. If you plant that one acorn, it could grow into a great oak tree. And what does an oak tree produce? Thousands and thousands of acorns. And each of those acorns can grow into an oak tree that produces thousands of acorns.

The acorn is small, but God has given it the power to do something amazing. You may feel small, but God has put great things in you.

Listen to this parable of Jesus from Matthew 13, verses 31-32 –

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Gospel of Matthew, chapter 13, verses 31-32

Now let’s sit in silence. Look at the acorn in your hand and imagine what great things God has put in you.

After a few moments of silence, pray (the children can echo):

Loving God,
Please help us to grow,
for you have put great things in us.
Amen.


Complementary Colors, Complementary Cards:

Instructions to parent:

Materials Needed :
Several white index cards, pencils, an assortment of markers, color wheel

Background:
A style of painting called pointillism was made famous most notably by Camille Pissaro and Georges Seurat. In pointillism, pictures are painted using thousands of tiny dots of color. Artists would often place complementary-colored dots close to one another.

Complementary colors, when placed next to each other, produce the greatest contrast and actually heighten one another. When you look at a color wheel, you will see that complementary colors are always opposite each other. Think about how many striking images in God’s creation embrace this approach – irises (purple and yellow), holly (red and green), a rising sun on the horizon (orange and blue).

What to Do:
Give each person one index card and a pencil.

Invite them to draw a very simple design outline (a swirl, a cross, a flower, a butterfly) or outline the letters of a short word (such as WOW, JOY, LOVE). Instruct everyone to make the design/word as big as possible.

Note: Choosing a simple design or short word is important – it will make later steps easier.

Give each person access to assorted markers.

Instruct them to choose two complementary colors, then fill the inside of their design image with dots of these two colors.

Next, choose two different complementary colors to fill the area around the design.

Note: The idea is to really fill up the space with colored dots and not leave a whole lot of white showing through.

Once they are done, invite them to use the other side of the card to write a complimentary (note the slight difference in spelling) note to someone. Yes, the intent is for everyone to give these away – to a parent, a teacher, a coworker, a friend, a custodian at their church. Using index cards helps artists of any age really feel successful with this project, because placing the small dots can take a while. But the overall effect at the end is so cool!

Finished? Make as many new index card designs as you like!


Game

Found Object Puppets: Puppetry Game

Instructions to parent:

Players Needed:
1 or more

Background:
Object puppetry is a form in which everyday objects are manipulated. You don’t need glue, thread, or welding equipment for this kind of puppetry – just a keen, creative eye for seeing an object’s potential as a puppet.

How to Play:
As you listen to “All Things,” gather props (everyday items in your home) into a prop bin (laundry basket, cardboard box).

Here are a few possibilities:
• A paper plate (white or bright colored)
• A dryer hose
• A strainer/colander
• A measuring cup

• Tongs
• An oven mitt
• An old necktie
• An old computer mouse
• Two empty egg cartons
• Two black combs
• Anything around the house that isn’t sharp, breakable, or otherwise dangerous
Spread out the objects on a table where all can see them.
Invite a person to come up and turn an object into a puppet.

Tips:
• A puppet doesn’t have to have a mouth.
• Just holding up something (i.e. the dryer hose) and saying, “This is an elephant,” isn’t puppetry. It’s barely sculpture. Move the objects – give them action so that the others can see what the puppeteer is trying to create.
• It’s okay to combine objects together.
• One object can be many different puppets. Just because one person came up and turned the dryer hose into a snake doesn’t mean the hose is now off-limits. (It could also be an elephant’s trunk, or even rolled up into a spiral shell as a snail puppet.)


Family Worship

Opening Song: All Things

Say and Play the Bible Beat: Genesis 1:31


Bible Story: Jesus Blesses the Children
Based on Mark 10:13-16

In our Bible story today, you are going to hear some things that are true, and some things that are obviously false.

Whenever you hear a true statement make a bell sound: ding-ding.
Have everyone practice that.
And whenever you hear a false statement make a buzzer sound: bzzz.
Have everyone practice that.

Note: All the false statements are in bold.

People were bringing pizzas to Jesus that he might bake them.
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might bless them;

And the disciples told them knock-knock jokes.
The disciples spoke sternly to them.

When Jesus saw this he said, “The children are coming! Somebody stop them! Ahhhh!”
When Jesus saw this, he was angry, and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me.”

but just for ten minutes. Then whisk them away to their own part of the building.”
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me; and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”

“Um, but not the sanctuary. That’s for grown-ups.”
“It is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” Period.

Jesus continued, “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a grown-up will never enter it.”
“Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”


In our opening song, we are reminded that God created everything, not just rainbows, waterfalls, and butterflies. God made all of it…and saw that it was good! What’s so interesting in today’s Bible story is that people were struggling to even see little children as good. Some viewed them as a distraction or irrelevant. But Jesus reminded the people then, and reminds us today, that small does not mean insignificant. Each person is a child of God. Each person has sacred worth.


Prayer Experience:

Eyes

You know, we don’t have to close our eyes when we pray. And, in fact, for this prayer I would like us to keep our eyes open as we look around where we are.

Allow a few moments for silent reflection.

Continue looking around, as you echo me in prayer:

God of perfect vision,
Bless our eyes
to be like your eyes,
so that we can do more
than just see the good.
We can find the good.
Amen.


Joys and Concerns:

Instructions to parent:

Offer everyone a chance to share something they want to celebrate and something that’s causing them anxiety.
Encourage everyone to be present and listen to one another.

After a concern is voiced, people can respond by singing / saying:

“How Can I Keep from Singing?”

After joy is voiced, people can respond by singing / saying:

“Hallelujah”

Closing Song: It Was Good


Summer Fun Week 3 – CARE OF CREATION

God created people to be earth stewards, to care for God’s creation.
To be created in the image of God is to respect nature
and take responsibility for caring for the earth.


Bible Beat

Proverbs 12:10


Songs:

It Was Good

It Was Good

Wonder – Beautiful

Wonder – Beautiful

Treasure of Nature: Stone

Instructions to parent:
Each child will need a stone that they can hold. Use the following text as a guide for the lesson.

Hold the stone in your hand. Notice how heavy it is. Notice how solid it is. There will be times in our lives when we are scared, or sad, or nervous. That’s okay. God put all those feelings in us, and we get to feel them all. It’s important to remember, that no matter what we’re going through, God’s love is solid. God is with us every step of the way.

Listen to this passage from Psalm 18, verses 1-2 –

I love you, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18, verses 1-2

Now let’s sit in silence. Hold the stone and feel how solid God’s love is.

After a few moments of silence, pray (the children can echo):

Loving God,
Your love is solid.

We know that you are constant.
You will never leave us.
Amen.


Join Hands:

Instructions to parent:

Materials Needed :
Sheets of white card stock (or white paper), pencils, scissors, hole punch, a length of thin ribbon (or yarn), decorative materials (markers, colors, paints, stamp/ink pad, etc.)

What to Do:
Give each person a sheet of white card stock/paper and a pencil.
Have them trace their hands down to their wrist. Encourage them to really spread their fingers to make a larger-than-life hand print.

Next, decorate the card stock hands with symbols, shapes, colors, spirals, or crazy designs. Encourage them to fill up as much of the white space as possible.

Have each person cut out their hand shapes.

On the back, invite them to write their first name and/or an affirming message about the diversity of people in their school, the neighborhood, the church, the whole world.

Punch two holes in each hand near the wrist area. Thread the yarn/ribbon through the holes and connect all the hands together. Hang the string of colorful hands across your mantle, across a doorway, or in the sacred space you use for family worship as a reminder to use our hands in caring ways, for the good of our world.


Game

Scripture Mini-Golf

Instructions to parent:

Players Needed:
1 or more

How to Play:
Create one or more mini-golf holes based on the days of Creation.
You can only use what you have on hand to build your mini-golf course.

  • Don’t have golf balls? Make one from tightly wound duct tape, a small ball of yarn (tuck in the end), or an avocado pit.
  • Don’t have a putter? Use an upside-down umbrella or a yardstick.
  • Use blankets, towels, or books to create “bumpers” so a ball doesn’t travel too far out of bounds or roll under furniture.
  • For the actual hole, turn a plastic cup on its side or lay a baseball cap upside down so the bill creates a natural “ramp.”

A hole based on Day 6 of Creation can have stuffed animal obstacles to putt around.

A hole based on Day 1 can start in a darkened room and end up in a lighted area.

A hole based on Day 4 can be created outside, around trees or bushes.
See how many different days of Creation you can depict with a mini-golf hole.

You can make a whole Creation Course through your home!

A Few Rules:
Take turns.
Play safely. No “teeing off” on a ball.
Be careful. Be safe. Be considerate. Have fun!


Family Worship

Opening Song: It Was Good

Say and Play the Bible Beat: Proverbs 12:10


Bible Story: Wow
Based on Psalm 8

Today’s Bible story is actually a Psalm in praise of Creation and of our place in it. Throughout, there are many moments of wonder when we can stop and say, “Wow!” Listen and watch as I read. Every once in a while, I will stop so we can all say “Wow!” and…as we do, we’ll make a WOW face. Here’s how. Take three fingers from one hand and make a W to place on one side of your face. Do the same thing with the other hand to make another W. And unless you’re an octopus, you’re out of hands, so where will that O come from? Open your mouth into a wide “O” position! Great! Get ready to say “Wow!” and make the WOW face!

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have put your glory even above the heavens.
Wow!

Out of the mouths of children and babies
you have made a strong place against those who would cause harm.
Wow!

When I look at your heavens, the very work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have made,
what are humans that you are mindful of them and care for them?
Wow!

But you have made them little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
Wow!

You have given them responsibility for the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
Wow!

All flocks of sheep and herds of cattle, and all the wild animals, too.
Wow!

The birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea,
And all creatures that swim the pathways of the seas.
Wow!

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Wow!


The person who created this beautiful Psalm thinks all of Creation is a “Wow.” Not only that, but the psalmist is in awe of the role people play in Creation. To be responsible for Creation and to care for it is to have dominion, which is the word used in many Bible translations. Many people confuse dominion with domination and think we’re supposed to get to do whatever we want with the earth. But we’re not. What we are called to do is care for Creation and hold it with the same wonder the psalmist does. And God knows we can do it, because God has “made us little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor.”


Prayer Experience:

Care

Think about one plant or animal in God’s Creation that you think of as a “Wow.” Use your finger to trace a picture of it (or write the name of it) into your open hand. Hold this picture on your heart as you echo me in prayer:

Caring God,
Help me hold onto wonder,
that I will always do my part
to care for your wonderful world.
Amen.

Now rub that picture into your heart.
Breathe gently in… and sigh out, “Wow.”


Joys and Concerns:

Instructions to parent:

Offer everyone a chance to share something they want to celebrate and something that’s causing them anxiety.
Encourage everyone to be present and listen to one another.

After a concern is voiced, people can respond by singing / saying:

“How Can I Keep from Singing?”

After joy is voiced, people can respond by singing / saying:

“Hallelujah”

Closing Song: Wonder – Beautiful


Summer Fun Week 4 – COMMUNITY

Not just I – but we – are created in God’s image.
It takes all of us working together to be God’s hands,
God’s heartbeat,
God’s song in the world.


Bible Beat

Matthew 18:20


Songs:

The Heart – Song of God


Treasure of Nature: Leaf

Instructions to parent:
Each child will need a leaf that they can hold. Use the following text as a guide for the lesson.

Gently hold your leaf. Notice the shape of it.
Just as people have organs, like the stomach or the heart, plants have organs, too. The leaf is the most important organ of a plant or tree.
Leaves take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help the plants grow. And leaves are very important to us because they release oxygen, which we need to breathe. Without plants and trees…and their leaves…we couldn’t breathe.

Listen to these words from Job 33, verse 4 –

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life..

Job 33, verse 4

Now let’s sit in silence. Hold

Now let’s sit in silence. Breathe in and out gently. As you hold the leaf, wonder at how every breath is a gift from God.

After a few moments of silence, pray (the children can echo):

Loving God,
Thank you for plants and trees,
and for your holy breath in us.
Amen.


Tangrams:

Instructions to parent:

Materials Needed :
tangram template sheet, scissors, tangram example page

Background:
Each tangram consists of seven pieces. In Chinese, a tangram is called Chi-Chiao, which means “seven clever pieces.”
(Seven pieces, seven days of Creation. Hmmm…)
Of those seven pieces, five are triangles.
(The triangle is a powerful symbol in our faith – it symbolizes the Holy Trinity of God the Creator, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Hmmm…)

What to Do:
Give each person a tangram template sheet and a pair of scissors.
Have each person cut out their tangram along the lines.
Allow everyone a few minutes to experiment with designs they can create using the seven pieces.
(No combining sets!)

Show the tangram example page of designs that can be made with the tangram pieces and challenge them to recreate these pictures.

Have each person cut out their hand

See if they can put the seven pieces back together into a square. Note that when you take one piece away, the square is incomplete.

It’s the same way with God’s Creation. To leave out or eliminate one creature is to render God’s Creation incomplete.


Game

Herding Balloons

Instructions to parent:

Players Needed:
1 or more

What you Need:
Balloons (4-5 balloons per person), masking tape, cardstock, watch/timer

How to Play:
Blow up several balloons.
Make a 4×4 foot square on the floor with masking tape.


Tip: If you don’t want to put tape on your floor, use a hula hoop or jump rope.

Scatter the balloons around the room.
Give each person a sheet of cardstock.


Tip: A manila envelope or folder (without hooks) will also work.

On your signal, everyone must use their cardstock to “herd” the balloons into the square.
But here’s the catch, they are not allowed to touch the balloons in any way – neither with their bodies nor with the cardstock.

Time it to see how long it takes to get all the balloons into the square.
Try again and see if you can beat your previous time!

This is harder than it sounds. Taking care of all the creatures in the garden was also probably harder than it sounds. Have you heard the expression, “It’s like herding cats…”? Imagine having the responsibility of caring for all of God’s Creation!


Family Worship

Opening Song: The Church is a Community
This is the only song not from the musical In the Image. But it’s super simple, and perfect for today’s theme. The words are set to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell.

The building’s not the church,
The building’s not the church.
The church is a community.
The building’s not the church.


The pews are not the church…
The robes are not the church…
The people ARE the church…

Say and Play the Bible Beat: Matthew 18:20


Bible Story: The Early Beleivers
Based on Acts 2:43-47; Acts 4:32-37

Today’s Bible story takes place after Jesus went into heaven. As I read in rhythm, you pat a steady beat. And after every four lines we’ll all say in rhythm –
Together. Together. We’ll be the church together.
Practice once or twice.
Ready? Here we go!

The followers of Jesus
Took care of one another.
They treated those around them
Like a sister or a brother.
Together. Together. We’ll be the church together.

They sold all their possessions.
They had no need for “stuff.”
They shared with those in need
And found they always had enough.
Together. Together. We’ll be the church together.

They spent good time together.
Their hearts were full of love.
They ate and prayed and offered praises
To the Lord above.
Together. Together. We’ll be the church together.

When others saw their kindness,
They knew just what to do.
They joined with the believers
And their numbers grew and grew.
Together. Together. We’ll be the church together.

Let’s follow their example
Not just by what we say,
But how we reach out to the people
We see every day.
Together. Together. We’ll be the church together.

Those early believers didn’t meet in big buildings with stained glass, or pipe organs, or screens, or guitars. They were the church. They each did what they could to love and support one another and the communities where they lived. And we can do that, too. Even though we can’t all be together physically in one place – we can still do our part to be the church!


Prayer Experience:

God’s Hands

In our first worship time, we looked at our own hands and considered how we could use them to create beauty, love, and kindness in God’s world. We remember that we are created in the image of God.

Let’s each look at our hands once more.

Allow a few seconds.

Now, let’s raise up our hands together.
Look around.
This is what God’s hands really look like – not just one set of hands, but all of our hands working together. It’s all of us doing what we can together that truly makes us in the image of God.
Keep your hands in the air as you repeat each line of the following prayer.

Creator God,
Thank you for creating me.
Please bless these hands
to be a creative force for good
in your amazing world.
Amen.


Joys and Concerns:

Instructions to parent:

Offer everyone a chance to share something they want to celebrate and something that’s causing them anxiety.
Encourage everyone to be present and listen to one another.

After a concern is voiced, people can respond by singing / saying:

“How Can I Keep from Singing?”

After joy is voiced, people can respond by singing / saying:

“Hallelujah”

Closing Song: The Heart – Song of God


Summer Fun Week 5 – REST

After the wonderful work of creating our world, God rested.
We are created in the image of God, so we create, we see the good, we care, we connect, and we rest.


Bible Beat

Review and Groove

It’s time to review all four Bible Beats. Play and say each individually, then try layering them all together for a Bible Beat Groove.

See the Simple DIY Drum activity in Additional Resources and Activities to make this activity complete.

Week 1:

Week 2:

Week 3:

Week 4:


Songs:

In The Image

In The Image

Created to Create

Created to Creat

Treasure of Nature: Thumbprint

There’s nothing to hand out today because the treasure is you.
Take a look at your thumb, particularly your thumbprint.
Notice each line and curve.

When God looks at the world, God sees it all – the big and the small. God sees every detail. Did you realize that God knows every hair on your head and every curve in your thumbprint? There is no one in the world exactly like you. You are wonderfully made, and God loves you.

Listen to these words from Psalm 139, verse 14 –

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.

Psalm 139, verse 14

Now let’s sit in silence. Look at your own thumbprint as you remember that you are wonderfully made by God.

After a few moments of silence, pray (the children can echo):

Loving God,
Thank you for your creation.
You have made me wonderful,
because you are wonderful.
Amen.


Sidewalk Gallery:

Instructions to parent:

Materials Needed :
Sidewalk Chalk

What to Do:
Use sidewalk chalk to create a mural or a series of inspiring messages along your sidewalk or driveway. As you choose colors, remember what you’ve learned about complementary colors to create vivid pictures. Choose words that might bring joy and happiness to those who pass by.


Game

God Created…
Memory Game

Instructions to parent:

Players Needed:
2 or more

How to Play:
This is a fun game for sharpening memorization skills.
Stand or sit in a circle.


Choose someone to start by saying: “God created __.

That person fills in the blank by naming something God created, while making a motion to represent what they said.

Example: “God created deer.” (puts hands on head like antlers)

The next person in the circle says and does the first person’s action, then adds another.

Example: “God created deer (antler hands) and trees (arms out like branches).”

Continue on and see how far you can get around the circle (or how many times you can go around the circle) without forgetting any of the actions.

Tip: If a someone can’t remember one of the actions, the person who added it can show the action (without saying it) to offer a hint. This game is a lot more fun when played cooperatively.


Family Worship

Opening Song: Created to Create

Say and Play the Bible Beats Groove


Bible Story: It Was Good

The opening song of the musical In the Image is a Bible story – the very first one!

Let’s all sing / listen to our Bible story together.

Sing “It Was Good.”

Notice in the song that while Creation took seven days, God actually made everything in six days. On the seventh day God rested, but it is no less important than any other part of Creation. We need rest.
Our family and friends need rest. Our teachers need rest. Our church communities need rest. The world needs rest.
Rest does not make us lazy. Rest does not make us weak.
Rest helps us reflect, and rest renews us so our hands, hearts, and minds can do the important work of caring for God’s Creation.

Let’s spend a few moments in restful silence together.
As we do, think back on something special you experienced this week.

Allow ample time for this.

Now let’s all take in a gentle breath together and sigh out, “Amen.”

Lead everyone to do this.


Joys and Concerns:

Instructions to parent:

Offer everyone a chance to share something they want to celebrate and something that’s causing them anxiety.
Encourage everyone to be present and listen to one another.

After a concern is voiced, people can respond by singing / saying:

“How Can I Keep from Singing?”

After joy is voiced, people can respond by singing / saying:

“Hallelujah”

Closing Song: In the Image


Additional Resources and Activities

The following activities are not directly attached to any one part of any of the 5 modules. These are activities that can be used to inspire creativity, wonder,and reinforce important Bible concepts


A Simple DIY Drum

Here is a creative way to turn simple household items into a drum to enhance the Bible Beats experience.

Here is what you need:
– Coffee Can / Ice Cream Bucket
– Fabric
– Ribbon / Rubber Band
– Glue


The Art of Limitations

Creativity isn’t about having the most. It’s about doing the most with what you’ve got. One of the driving forces of creativity is limitations.
Give each person a sheet of white paper and access to colored pencils/crayons/markers.

You can also go outside and use a hard surface and sidewalk chalk.
Have everyone divide their sheets into four quadrants/ draw four quadrants on your driveway or sidewalk.

  • In one quadrant,instruct the children to “Draw a picture.”
  • In the next quadrant, draw a picture of your favorite part of Creation. (Limitation 1)
  • In the next quadrant, use only 1 color. (Limitation 2)
  • In the next quadrant, never lift your crayon/marker/chalk off the surface. (Limitation 3)

Balancing Act

Give each person an assortment of building blocks. You could also go outside and use landscaping rocks.

Challenge each person to build a structure that is balanced, yet as asymmetrical as possible. See how high, or how wide, a structure you can build.


Chef of the Day

Choose one family member to be the Chef of the Day. The Chef will be in charge of planning and preparing one family meal. There’s just one creative catch: The Chef needs to incorporate one or more (up to four) food items currently in the home – from the pantry, refrigerator, or cupboards – in their menu creation.

Have all family members work together to choose a number of food items in your home. Write the name of each item on a separate note card or piece of scratch paper. Put these cards/papers in a shoe-box (or something similar).

Invite the Chef to choose one or more cards from the shoe-box. These are the food items they must incorporate in the menu. You can add your own guidelines, such as:

  • The Chef may/may not use recipe books or Google for inspiration.
  • The Chef may/may not request a trip to the grocery store for additional items.
  • The Chef needs to make a main dish/side/dessert/all of the above.

All family members can celebrate the Chef by cleaning up together after sharing the meal.


Six-Word Auto Biography

Give each person a pencil and a note card.

Challenge everyone to write a six-word autobiography. These do not need to be written in complete sentences.

Variation 1
Have each person write a 10-word biography of a Bible figure.

Variation 2
Divide into pairs. Have each pair interview each other and write 10-word biographies of one another.


Tone Poem

A tone poem is a musical composition where sounds represent different aspects (characters, actions, moods) of a poem or story.

Choose a Bible story, such as The Creation or Jesus Calms the Storm. Identify the main figures and actions.

Invite everyone to come up with body percussion and vocal/mouth sounds to depict the main figures and actions.

Tell the story and invite everyone to provide the sounds at the right times.

Tell the story again, this time only through the sounds (no words).


Canvas Art

When canvases go on sale at your local craft store, snag a few along with paint supplies and create colorful art to remind you of this week’s themes.

Using your color wheel, identify a pair of complementary colors. Use one of these colors to paint your entire canvas. Fill the surface area so no white is showing.

Next, use your complementary color to paint an image or word you’ll remember from this week. It could be one of the day themes (Creative or Rest, for example) or even the overall theme (In the Image). You could paint something you discovered in nature or one of your Treasures of Nature. You can also practice your pointillism skills: use cotton swabs to dab dots of paint on the surface of your canvas.


Nature Journal

There are many treasures of nature where you live. Go on a nature walk and look for reminders of God’s grace and love.

You can keep a journal, writing down all the reminders of God’s love you see in the natural world – right where you live. What brings you joy? Do you see your favorite color in someone’s flowerbed? You could even draw pictures to illustrate. And throughout the journal, you could write simple prayers of five words or less:

Thank you, God!
Wow, God! You are amazing!
I love your Creation, Lord.


Plant Sunflowers

Growing sunflowers is a wonderful act of care for the environment.

Did you know…

  • Sunflowers are an excellent food source for pollinators, like bees.
  • Sunflowers also attract birds who help balance the pest population in a yard or garden.
  • Sunflowers are known as phytoremediators – which means they absorb harmful
    contaminants and metals from the soil. That’s amazing!
  • Sunflower seeds are a healthy, tasty snack. Wait until the leaves have turned brown and dry, then rub the sunflower between your hands (over a cookie tray). Find the seeds that dropped and lay them in a single layer to dry out.

Plant your sunflowers in rich soil where there is plentiful sunshine. Sunflowers will thrive in many different climates – even dry climates – just be sure to keep them watered.


Doodle Prompts

All you need for this activity is a paper, a pencil, and some imagination!

Give each artist a blank sheet of paper and a pencil. Offer a one-word prompt, instructing the artists to draw something related to the word. Give them a minute or two to draw, then say another word prompt. Continue with 10-12 word prompts.

Then – it’s time to share! Start from the beginning of your word prompt list, and as you say each word, invite the artists to share what they drew. Enjoy the inventive, creative, and sometimes hilarious visual depictions that appear!

Tip: It’s best if the word prompts are descriptive – think of adjectives or adverbs.
Here are a number of word prompts to get you started:

DeliciousOldBossy
FuzzyRedRound
SharpLonelyDelicate
FastStrongThirsty
TallHotFragrant
QuietShinyDifficult
PuzzlingDangerousLong

Intermediate Option:

Play the game as described above, but challenge each artist to connect
their drawings.

For example:

Delicious:
the artist draws a cake
Fuzzy:
she draws a fuzzy koala underneath the cake, holding it up with one paw
Sharp:
she draws a pushpin stuck in the cake
Fast:
she draws a cheetah sitting at a nearby table, ready to be served the cake
Tall:
she draws a very tall top hat atop the cheetah’s head


Sculpt-ionary

It’s Pictionary – but with play dough instead of pencils!
First, generate a word list and write each word on a scrap of paper. Here are some great categories for inspiration:

• Animals and sea creatures
• Foods
• Bible stories
• School supplies
• Clothing
• Items in a bathroom
• Items in a kitchen

The first player chooses a word and uses play dough or modeling clay to sculpt the word while the rest of the family tries to guess correctly.

Ten-Minute Play Dough

Ingredients
1 cup flour
½ cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup water
Food coloring (as desired)

Instructions
– Pour the water into a sauce pot and add the food coloring (if desired).
Add the oil to the sauce pot and mix.
– Combine the dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) in a bowl and mix well.
– Add the dry ingredients to the sauce pot and mix well.
– Cook the mixture over low to medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon.
– The liquid mixture will thicken and begin to form a dough.
– Once the dough forms, remove from heat and turn the dough ball onto a heat-safe board.
– Let it cool for a few minutes, then knead the dough until it’s soft and pliable.
– Keep your play dough in an air-proof bag, and it will last for months!

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