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Grow and Go - Light Series- Session #1

This week's destination: LET THERE BE LIGHT

This week on our journey we learn that for things to grow naturally they need light, we will focus on God's creation of light

MATERIALS:
A globe of the earth. (Preferably one on a stand that allows it to spin.) or a map showing the world. Torch light or candle and matches. Photocopy Creation Story colouring pages 1-7. Crayons. Creation notebook made up of a few sheets of paper folded in half top make a notebook, one for each child. Print Bible Verse Visual Aids and Take Home activities and Memory Verse.

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Welcome Teacher,Trainers and students. Get all the children to colour the Creation story colouring pages and visual aids until it is time to start.

CREATION WALK (Optional)

Give each child a sheet of paper and marking pen to take on a Creation WALK outside if weather permits. The aim is to collect things to help them make a 'creation picture.' Write GOD CREATED ... at the top, and 1 - 7 down the left side of the paper and try to find things to demonstrate the things created, if things cannot be found they can draw a little picture, such as Sun and the Moon, collect grass and flowers to stick next to #4, maybe a feather for #5. Make sure that children have time to pass their Creation posters around to each other to enjoy someone else's Creation walk.

1. OPENING GAME: (10 minutes)
I spy with my little eye something beginning with T (torch) when a child guesses turn the torch on and let the group know that we will lean about how God created light. Look out of the window and say "I spy with my little eye something beginning with S" (sky) when a child guesses teach them that on the second day God created the sky. I spy with my little eye something beginning with F ( flowers or any plant you can see from the classroom). God created plants on the third day. I spy with my little eye something beginning with S (sun) on the fourth day God created the sun and moon. I spy with my little eye something beginning with B (bird) on the fifth day God created the birds and fish. I spy with my little eye something beginning with G (girl) on the sixth day God crated people a boy and a girl.

 



 
 

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Make two teams maybe girls and boys, select a leader and blindfold that person one from each team. The blindfolded boy has to try and catch the girls and the blindfolded girl has to try and catch the boys. Once the entire team has been tagged the game is over the first to do this is the winner. Finally get the winning team to repeat the exercise without the blindfolds. This should not take too long. Get the child to explain the difference between being in the dark and how hard it was to catch and how easy it was once the blindfold was removed and their was light and he could see.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)

Optional: Download 'God is Light ' Active Praise Music video

Optional: Download 'Light to shine!' Active Praise Music sheet, lyrics and instrumental video

God commanded, (God Point to Heaven, commanded, Point in different directions)
God commanded - (God Point to Heaven, commanded, Point in different directions)

Light to shine, light to shine; (Lift arms up and out like a star burst)

Out - of darkness, (Grope around, squinting)
Out - of darkness (Grope around, squinting)

Light did shine! Light did shine! ( Lift arms up and out like a star burst)

Optional: Download 'He's got the whole world in His hands' Music video

Optional: Download 'He's got the whole world in His hands' Visual Aids

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

Optional: Download 'All things bright and beautiful' Worship Music sheet, lyrics and music video.

Chorus: All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

5. TEACHING:
a. Review

Last week we learnt that Jesus is the true vine, and God the Father is the gardener. Remember seeds come in different shapes and sizes, but every seed carries within it all the potential and the promise of what it can become.

They all require soil, water, sunlight, time and just the right temperature to flourish and grow.

Optional: Download 'The needs of a plant' Review video

b. Sword Play
Ready.Swords up (Hold up the Bible) . Genesis1: 1, 3. CHARGE!

(The first child to find the Bible verse and stand up and read it will get a little prize)

Learn a Bible Memory Verse:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

(Genesis1: 1, 3)

Optional: Download Bible Verse Visual Aid.

c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)
Introduction:

Optional: Download Session #1 Visual Aids

God can do anything just by speaking the words or thinking it up. Our Bible verse this week is the very first verse in the Bible lets say it all together,

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

Optional: Download 'Days of Creation Teaching Video'

He just called it into being from nothing. Psalm 33:6 says' By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth." And then in verse 9 it says For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. Wow! What an awesome God we serve! He just spoke the words and they came to be from nothing!

The first thing God created was light. The Bible tells us that God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God said... (Have all kids say, "It was good." Using the framed poster.)

DOWNLOAD "It was good' Visual Aid

And imagine this: He had not even made the sun yet! Then he started spinning the earth so we could measure time, a day and a night. That was the first day.

Then God made a water vapor above the earth that we call the atmosphere. It would protect the surface of the earth and give us air to breathe. That was the second day. (Hold up the Creation Story colouring page.)

Optional: Download 'Days of Creation' visual aid

Then God moved the water around into seas and oceans and pulled up the dirt to form dry land. Then he made trees and plants and food. That was the third day.

He created the sun, moon, and stars. (Children to hold up their sun, moon and stars colouring pages )

They were beautiful! God looked at them, and again He said... (Have all kids say, "It was good." Instruct kids to pass the globe beach ball to others.)

 

Then God made fish and whales and everything in the sea. He made millions of different kinds of fish and sea creatures. Then he made a whole bunch of birds of many colours and taught them how to fly. That was the fifth day. (Hold up the Creation Story colouring page.)

Finally, God made the animals. (Select different children minimum one for each animal, cut out the animal masks, paste onto a paper plate, cut out the eyes to make an animal mask, this can be done prior to the session ) Mischievous monkeys, donkeys, dogs and ducks. He made cuddly little kittens and big, ferocious lions -- animals of every kind.

DOWNLOAD Mask Visual Aids

And to top it all off God made the first man, Adam, and Eve from a rib in his side.

He put them in charge of all that He made to take care of the earth. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (verse 31) That was the sixth day.

Optional: Download 'God's story - God made people' video

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

(Genesis 2:3)

It only took God seven days to do all that! He could have done it in the snap of his fingers, but he intentionally took seven days to give us what we call a week. He knew we would need a day of rest, so he gave us the example to rest every seven days so we wouldn't wear ourselves out working all the time. God didn't need millions of years for things to evolve, he is the Great Designer of everything that is. And God loved us so much he even made YOU! We love you, and God loves you. And that's how everything was made!

(All of these Creation Story colouring pages can be taped together to make a long wall banner and stuck on the wall)

Extracts from www.childrensermons.com

DOWNLOAD Bible for Children 'When God made everything' PowerPoint to assist with the teaching

DOWNLOAD Bible for Children 'When God made everything' Colouring Pages

www.bibleforchildren.org

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD:
Encourage the children to come forward and pray and thank God for creating all their favourite things. Get each child to mention at least two of their favourite things and thank God. Eg sunshine, the sea, flowers, dogs, cats, food, family, friends etc.

CLOSING PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, we thank you for all of creation. We thank you for light and for life eternal through Jesus Christ, your Son. Help us to take good care of all that you have given us and shine our light for all to see. Amen.

TAKE HOME BIBLE VERSE:

Print the Take Home Bible Verse one for each child.

Give each child a folder to hold all their Take Home material

DOWNLOAD Take Home Bible Verse Visual Aids

TAKE HOME ACTIVITES: DOWNLOAD

•  Creation Flash Cards ( Review )

•  Creation colouring pages

•  Cross word quiz

•  Decoder quiz

•  Wordsearch quiz

•  Creation Maze

Creation: And It Was Very Good Children's Sermon | Serm... (sermons4kids.com)

Utilize the 'Bible for Children' material for the children to take home.

DOWNLOAD Bible for Children 'When God made everything' Colouring Take Home Track.

www.bibleforchildren.org

NEXT WEEK:

We will learn that Jesus Is A Shining Light - When He walked upon this earth, Jesus was in the business of delivering men from darkness. He is still doing that today.

Bring your Creation Notebook back to pass around to each other to enjoy someone else's Creation walk.

These as well as the Creation Colouring pages and Bible verses from this lesson will be used to make a Creation Collage to display on the wall filled with creation pictures. (Let the children work together on this project next week prior to the lesson, this will encourage the children to come early or on time!)

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