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Church at Home // God Made People

This is part two of a four part series on The World God Made.

You’ll find the other sessions here:
You’ll find the others here:
1. Creation
3. The Rules in the Garden
4. Looking after the World

If you want to sit down and do ‘kid’s church’ with your kids this can probably be used as it is but I also hope that the ideas might serve as prompts for thinking about how you can chat together throughout the week. I hope most of the things needed are accessible or easy to interchange with things you have in the house!

Please do pick and choose what works for you and don’t feel restricted by the order I’ve written this in. You’ll also notice that lots of bits repeat between sessions as I’ve found that under 5s love and learn so much from routine and repetition. I hope that this will be helpful for you as a family to connect with God whilst you’re trying to figure out what ‘church at home’ looks like for you.


The World God Made – Adam & Eve (2)

Start by thanking God that he’s with you. When we pray it’s like stopping and saying hello to God and asking Him to speak to us, teach us things and have fun with us today. 

Chatting

Let’s see how many things we can name that God made… after you say each one, thank God for making them! E.g. ‘God, thank you that you made flowers… thank you that you made bacon! ‘

SUNG WORSHIP

Creator God by Nick and Becky Drake is a great one for thinking about all the things God made. There’s also a version with actions here which you might like to learn together.

PLAY TIME

Craft
Using any magazines or newspapers you can gather cut out pictures of people’s faces and make collages. Whilst you’re creating your collages talk about the different faces you can see. Can you see people with different colour skin? Different colour eyes? Is the person a man / boy or a woman / girl? Use a mirror and look at yourselves and answer the same questions. Each of us has been made by God.

Dressing Up
If you have dressing up stuff or role-play toys you could use them to dress up and talk about how there are lots of people in the world who do lots of different things, but God made each and every person. We can do different jobs, but we were all made to love God.

Books
Get out a selection of books about creation and all the things God made. (These could literally be any books with nature, animals or people in!) You could include a Bible and read the story of creation together too. Talk together about the pictures. What is your favourite animal / flower, etc.?

STORY TIME

When I did these sessions with children at church I used a song to encourage them to sit down for a story, we sung it every week so they knew it always meant it was story time. I’m not sure if I’d use this at home or not but thought I’d include it in case it’s helpful.

Sing the sit down song (Tune: “If You’re Happy And You Know It”)
If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.
If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.
Let’s all gather near, so everyone can hear.
If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.


Sit together to have a story.

Gather together some small bags, tubs or whatever you can find to hold a selection of objects related to the story. As today’s story is about how God made people choose objects that link to that. You can literally just walk around your house and choose some things which link, some ideas to get you started are:
– A gingerbread man
– A figure/picture of a person
– Some googly eyes
– A rubber glove to blow up in a hand shape

Wow… all these things remind me of my body. Do you have eyes? Do you have a mouth too?
I wonder if we’re having a story all about how God made us?

BIBLE

Read the story of God creating Adam and Eve from Genesis 2 in whatever version you have to hand!

Here are some ideas for stopping to ask questions and interact with the story together:
– (If you have some play dough or modelling clay.) Shall we make something together? Let’s make a ball with it. Maybe we could make a worm with it? Way back after God made the world, and all the animals he realized there was still one more thing to make. God took some clay from the ground and he made it into the shape of a man.
– Can you blow as if you’re blowing bubbles? Can you breathe in? Can you breathe the air out? The Bible says that Father God breathed gently into the shape of the man and he opened his eyes and began to live. God said the man’s name was Adam. (If you have bubbles you could blow some together!)
– God made a beautiful garden for Adam to live in. The garden was full of many wonderful things. Beautiful flowers grew everywhere. Birds sang in the trees and streams flowed. If you have a garden or plants you could go and look at them as you talk about what God created.
– Father God brought all the animals to Adam. He picked all their names. When he saw this one (hold up a toy animal) he said ‘insert name’ and that was its name. When Adam saw this one (hold up another animal) he said ‘insert name,’ and that became this animal’s name.
– Look in a mirror together. Who’s that? Yes, it’s you and me. Father God made every single person in this room. It is our job to take care of all the things Father God made as well. We can all look after the world around us. We can all help God.

PRAYER

Thank you God that you made the world and everything in it. Thank you that you made Adam and Eve and that you made us and love us so much.

Sing ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ and thank God he made you! Thank you God that you made us and you made our bodies. Let’s sing head, shoulders, knees and toes and as we do each bit we can think about how God made each part of us.

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