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Creation Coloring Pages by Mandy Groce

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Throughout the remainder of 2011, SojournKids will be studying the book of Genesis.  I'll be featuring a lot of great resources that we'll be using in our classrooms and that you can use at home.  To begin, here are some great coloring pages that Sojourn artist Mandy Groce created for http://ministry-to-children.com:

Days of Creation Coloring Pages

 

Let There Be Light (Creation Day One) - This coloring sheet features the events from Genesis 1:3 where God says, “Let there be light.” The picture features the sun and stars that radiate that light on the first day of creation.  This was the first day of the biblical creation story.

God Made the Sky and Sea (Creation Day Two) – This coloring sheet depicts the events from Genesis 1:6-8 where God separates the water and names the sky. This passage is often difficult to conceptualize, but Mandy’s illustration shows layers of water being forced apart as God makes room for the sky.

God Made the Land (Creation Day Three) - In this picture, the artist has shown the events from Genesis 1:9-10 where God brings forth the dry land from the sea. The image depicts several mountain peaks emerging from the ocean. This was the third day of creation.

Let the Land Produce (Creation Day Three) – This coloring sheet continues the events from the third day of creation. It is based on Genesis 1:11-13. The illustration has plants, trees, and grass that overlook an ocean scene.  The words read, “Let the land produce.”

God Made the Sun, Moon, and Stars (Creation Day Four) - Mandy drew her inspiration for this line art picture from Genesis 1:14-19. The picture has four panels, each with a different arrangement of the Sun, Moon, and stars. The words on the page read: “Signs, Seasons, Days, Years.”

God Made the Animals, Fish, and Birds (Creation Days Five & Six) - These next two coloring sheets illustrate the events in Genesis 1:20-25. There are two different options for you to download and print out. These can be coloring in by the children as you teach about God’s creative work in making the animals.

Adam and Eve in the Garden (Creation Day Six) – This printable coloring page shows the people that God made holding hands in a garden setting. The children will love coloring the mountains, flowers, and other elements surrounding the couple. This picture is an illustration of Genesis 1:26-31.

It Was Very Good (Creation Day Seven) - This final picture in the series has the words “very good” and shows the finished work. It is based on Genesis 1:30 – 2:2 where God rested from his work on the seventh day. Adam and Eve are show resting in the garden that God made for them to enjoy in the very good beginning.

Vision: Kids Music Liturgy & Bible Lesson

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This liturgy is a lesson on biblical stewardship in light of Sojourn's vision to see the gospel transform everything--ourselves as individuals, our church, our city, and our world.  To learn more, visit http://vision.sojournchurch.com Leader 1:

(Opening call & response from the Catechism for Boys & Girls)

“Who made the world?’ That’s right, GOD made everything!

“Who made you?” (Pause) That’s right, God made you.

Who made me? (Pause) God made me!

“God made us for His own glory!”

“Why did God make everything?” For His own glory. “Why did God make you?” For His own glory.

We are here to sing to God, He made us for His own glory.... to show His beauty and His excellence.

“For His own Glory” means that God has made everything to show His fame, His beauty and His goodness.

Who are we going to sing to today? Are we here to sing to Mr.______? NO!!!! What about Ms.______? No!!!

We are here to sing to God!

Leader 2:

“Everybody Stand up! (Wait)

When I make hand motions you follow me.

Let’s practice.... raise your hand up high.... now put your hands down low.... ok, you’re ready... here we go.....

1. God Made Me, Words and Music by Judy Rogers, As Recorded on Teach Me While My Heart Is Tender © 1995 Judy Rogers

Leader 3:

Everyone sit down in your own spot.  Who is the “Almighty Creator”? (Allow children to answer)  That’s right, God is the Almighty Creator! He made everything we see. And He is still at work making everything new.  What is he making new?  He is making us new.  What else?  (Allow children to answer). He is making everything new—our mommies, our daddies, our friends, our schools, our church, and our neighborhoods!

There’s an example in the Bible in the book of Second Kings [chapters 11-13; 2 Chronicles 22-24] of a boy God used to make things new. His name was Joash. He became king when he was just seven years old!  How many of you are seven?  Now, the people of Israel had stopped worshiping the one true God who made them.  They were serving pretend gods instead.

So, here is what Joash did.  He reminded the people that God made them.  “Who made you?”  (Let the children answer) God.  “Who made everything?”  God.  And, because God made everything, everything belongs to God!  Everything we have belongs to God.  So, Joash put a box with a hole in the top by the door of the temple. He told the people, “Everything belongs to God.”  So, when the people came to the temple, they gave some of their money back to God by putting it in the box.  Joash and the other leaders took that money—God’s money—and they used it to fix up God’s temple because it was old and broken.  Joash was very young.  He was only seven years old, but God used him to help make things new in Israel!

God wants you to help make things new just like Joash. We have a basket with a hole in the top that is like Joash’s box. When we gather together on Sundays, we can bring money—God’s money—to put in the box, and our church leaders will use that money to help make things new in our church, our city, and our world.

Thank you for listening so carefully.  Let’s sing a song to God, who made us, and who is working to make everything new!

2. Almighty Creator, Words and music by Mark Altrogge, © 2004 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI), from Awesome God.

Verse 1: Male sings lead

Verse 2: Female sings lead and male sings harmony

Chorus in unison, female sings little echo tags..... sing chorus twice each time.

Leader 1:

The story of Joash is really a sad story.  When Joash grew up, he stopped worshiping the one true God, and he (like the people that came before him) started worshiping pretend gods instead.  God doesn’t just want to use us to help make new things—like new buildings and furniture.   He wants to make our hearts new by taking away our sins and giving us forgiveness.  Who knows what God did to take away sins and bring forgiveness? (Allow kids to answer). He sent Jesus to die on the cross! Jesus’ death and resurrection is the perfect sacrifice to wash away our sins. When we trust Jesus, God makes US new! He makes us new so that we trust Him and obey Him. Thank God for our Savior Jesus!

3. Mighty Mighty Savior, Words and Music by Mark Altrogge. © 2004 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI), from Awesome God.

Verse lead: male;  Echo: female; Chorus: both; Hand motions by singer w/o guitar

Leader 3:

Remember, just like God made everything we see, God makes things new and better. He changes people by taking away their sins, and by giving them His Spirit to change them and make them more like Him. There’s a Bible verse we’re going to learn that teaches us this truth.  It is 2 Corinthians 5:17:  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come!”  This next song comes from that Bible verse. Repeat these words after me: “If anyone (if anyone) is in Christ (is in Christ), he is a new creation (he is a new creation). The old is gone (the old is gone), the new has come (the new has come). He is a new creation (he is a new creation)!”

4. New Creation (2 Cor. 5:17), words from New International Version © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica.  Music by Seeds Family Worship. From Seeds of Faith.

Leader 2: Closing prayer:

We are going to pray. We’re going to fold our hands, be still, pay attention to God and talk to Him:

“Jesus, thank You for coming to earth and dying on the cross for our sins. You are a wonderful Savior. Thank You for what You’re doing to make things new our church and in our city. Help us to know and love You more. And please help other people around us to know and love You too. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.”

Let’s sing to God and thank Him for being so good to us!

5. Good and Gracious, words and music by Rich Gunderlock and Bob Kauflin © 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI).  From To Be Like Jesus.

Imagined Animals-Don't miss this 930 exhibit!

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by Bradley Speaks, SojournKids & Sojourn Visual Arts.  on view February 20th - March 22, 2009 in the 2nd floor gallery. TWO PROJECTS:

A Collaborative Project Between SojournKids and Sojourn Visual Arts

For this first project, about 40 little Picassos at Sojourn church were encouraged to draw animals out of their imaginations.  Older kids and adults then drew, collaged, and painted on top of those original drawings, making them even more wild.  Others were then asked to create names for the imagined animals and write a brief pseudo-scientific description of them.

Continuous Line Yarn Drawings by Bradley Speaks

Bradley speaks will be drawing on the walls with some unlikely tools - a hammer and nails, and a very long string.  This site-specific piece will follow the theme of imagined animals as well.

HT: The 930 Art Center: Imagined Animals.

God Has the Best Imagination, Part 3: Art Project

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Creation Lesson: “God Has the Best Imagination” by Scott RamserPsalm 95, Genesis 1

Art Project (45 minutes)

Tools: Pencil, Computer Paper, Cold press paper, watercolor paints, tempera paints, and paintbrushes

Objective: Students are to create animals from their imagination.  They are to practice brainstorming on the computer paper and ultimately draw their ideas onto the cold press paper and paint the images to finish.  (These images will then be given to the older aged groups of sojourners who will then apply other medias to finish the image.) Procedure: Students will gather to listen to the Bible passage from which the project is derived, Genesis 1 NLT.  Then students will be instructed that in God’s creation, he created from nothing.  The students will experience the difficulty in this through personal reflection.  Students then will be shown images reflecting the obscurity and creativity of God through images of animals in nature.  They then will be encouraged to use their own creativity (being made in the image of God, we are called to be creative) to imagine new animals.  Ones they have never seen before or heard of.  They are to brainstorm their ideas onto computer pieces of paper from which they will then use these ideas to ultimately draw their “imagined animal” onto a piece of cold press watercolor paper.  Once finished with the drawing, they are to then apply color to the image.  To finish the project, the students are to name the animal, and write a description of its character and habitat.

“Today, we’re going to take what we’ve learned about God’s creation and creativity and put it into practice. We can’t make things like God made, but we can use what God has given to us. God has the very best imagination, but he’s given us great imaginations and great things to work with too.”

God Has The Best Imagination, Part 2: Bible Lesson

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Creation Lesson: “God Has the Best Imagination” by Mike CosperPsalm 95, Genesis 1

Bible Lesson/Game (25-30 minutes): Today, we’re going to learn about the amazing things that God did when he created the world. Have you ever helped make something? Have you ever helped your mom make cookies or make a project? Raise your hand and tell us what it was: (Point out to the kids the process – When we make things, we take ingredients and make them into something.)

Did you know that when God made the world, he made it out of nothing? Let’s listen to the Bible together: (Involve the liturgists – Have the teacher take the role of reader 1, and two liturgists take the roles of readers 2 and 3)

(Excerpts from Genesis 1, NLT) Reader 1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Reader 2: Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good. Reader 3: Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the heavens from the earth.”

Reader 1: Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Reader 2: Then God said, “Let the land sprout with every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow fruit.” And that is what happened. The land produced all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Reader 3: Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

Reader 1: Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. Reader 2: Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” Reader 3:  So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!

Do you see what happened in the story? God spoke, and it happened! God said “Light!” and… IT HAPPENED. God said “Earth and Sky” and then it happened? God said, “Giraffes, tigers, lions, bears, lizards!” and then it happened. What did God use to make them? Just his Words!  What else? Nothing.

Let’s all try to do that – we’ll yell out together something we want to make. Let’s try to make a cat. At the count of three, let’s all yell for a cat and see if we can make one with just our words. One.. Two… Three.. CAT!! (Try a few- dog, piano, rhinocerous, duck-billed platypus – funny, weird stuff).

We can’t do it, can we? Only God can make something out of nothing. That’s the amazing thing about how God makes things. He has the best imagination. He thinks up all the things we love in creation and makes them out of nothing. Just with his words. Only God can make things this way.

Do you realize that when God made a Giraffe, there had never been one before. Not only can he make something from nothing, with only his words, the things he makes are TOTALLY unique! God has the best imagination. There had never been a bear before God made the first bear. There had never been a person before God made the first person.

So instead of making things from nothing, with just our words, we make things with the stuff that he’s made. We take clay and make sculpture. We take crayons and markers and draw pictures. We take wood and steel and make instruments and play music.

Today, we’re going to take what we’ve learned about God’s creation and creativity and put it into practice. We can’t make things like God made, but we can use what God has given to us. God has the very best imagination, but he’s given us great imaginations and great things to work with too.

Let’s use our imaginations to think about what God has done in creation. Let’s pretend that we can make something totally unique to us. Have you ever wanted to see a dog with wings? Or a bird with a cat’s tail? Today we get to let our imaginations go wild because God has given us the inspiration of his creation and the fun our imaginations.