|Sept 13, 2009||Grade 2-3
||Genesis 1-2||You didn’t just happen by accident. God made you and He loves you!
Introducing the big idea (8 Minutes – keep it moving so kids stay tuned in)
Needed for this introduction: Blender, tomato sauce, salami, cheese, flour, oregano, milk, yeast
“Today I thought we would start out the morning by making a snack. I was thinking pizza, because pretty much everyone likes pizza…so I have this blender and I have all these ingredients. So I am thinking…just throw all this in the blender and it should come out OK. Can I get a volunteer to help me with this…”
Get a volunteer to come up and help throw everything into the blender (you might get protests, “that isn’t going to work!” and such…but just act like you believe that something great is going to come out of the blender)
In the end you just have a gross, goopy mess.
Take some time to discuss what happened by asking questions…
“Why didn’t this work?”
“What was missing here?”
“You can’t just throw ingredients together and hope something amazing is going to happen, can you? Similarly, if you want to build a car, you can’t just heap together bolts and screws and leather and fibreglass and engine parts and window panes and seatbelts…put all the parts in a pile…turn around and wait for five minutes and hope when you turn back again you will have a Ferrari, can you? What is required to build a Ferrari.
You know what the funny thing is? The world has gotten really mixed up about how things are made. As ridiculous as trying to make this pizza was, and as silly as thinking a car will invent itself, a lot of people in the world think that people just sort of…happened…by accident…but I want you to know, you are no accident. Today we are going to read the Bible and hear what God has to say about you and how you were made.”
God’s Word (4 minutes)
“The Bible is like a photo-album. You know how you have pictures of yourself in Kindergarten and then Grade 1 and then there are all these “here’s you in the Christmas Play” and “here’s you riding a bike” and “here’s you with your Uncle John” and “here’s you at summer camp” – all these pictures tell the story of your life.
Well, the Bible tells God’s story. It tells us what He did, and how He thinks, and it shows us the right way to live.
This big book, is divided up into smaller books: 66 of them. And the very first book is….can anyone tell me?
Genesis. The word “genesis” means the “origin, or beginning of something.”
Genesis tells us about the beginning of the world and how everything was CREATED – that is…it was MADE….it didn’t just happen by accident.
When God wants something to be MADE…he just says it and it happens.
He made light—and…What do you think he called the light? (day)
He made sure there was darkness…and he called the darkness… (night)
Then he made the sky.
He moved the waters back so that land appeared…
He made the waters and these he called seas.
He grew plants, flowers, and trees with seeds to reproduce themselves…
He created the sun, the moon and the stars—so that there would be days and different seasons
He filled the seas with fish, the sky with birds, and the earth with all kinds of wild animals!
All of this creating was very important to God! And he was very happy with it. In fact, after he created all these
things, he looked at them and said, “This is good!”
After he had prepared the earth, God said, “Let us make humans in our image, to be like us. They will be in charge of the earth and the plants and the animals that live on it.” So God formed man from the dust of the ground. Then he breathed his own breath into him and he became alive. This man would be called Adam.
God placed Adam in a beautiful garden, a place where Adam had everything he needed to live the best kind of
life. God planted all kinds of trees in the garden that produced delicious fruit so humans would always have lots to eat. God gave Adam the responsibility to take care of this garden and all of his creatures. God even brought all of the animals to Adam so he could give them names!
Then God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper for him.” So God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. While Adam was asleep, God took a rib out of Adam and made the rib into a woman. Adam later called this woman Eve, which means “Giver of Life”.
(Move right into Video)
DVD – “Creation”: (3 Minutes)
Video walks through the 6 days of creation
* Sorry, can not remember our link to this.
Cross-word Contest (10 Minutes)
The point of this is to get kids into the Bible as well as to reinforce the lesson. Divide the kids into 3 groups, make sure they have enough Bibles. Show them how to look things up in the Bible (for example, if it says Genesis 1:2…show them how to find Genesis and that the 1 refers to the chapter…show them what a chapter looks like and after the colon is the verse…show them how to find a verse). Have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.
Not sure if this is the exact link we used, but you will find a crossword puzzle here: Click here.
Transition (1 Minute)
Everything God made, He made on purpose. God is an artist and the world is full of His amazing artwork. How can we look at anything God created and think it could have happened by accident?
It’s like this…I am going to need some help with this….(pick 5 kids to help with this skit…script will be printed out for them to read and act out):
Skit: Who Made It? (10 Minutes)
Characters: Narrator, Walker, Student 1, Student 2, Student 3
Prop: Tape recorder that can play music, a few goofy props (hat, glasses, walking stick…that idea)
Narrator: A man was walking in the woods one day. He looked up at the tall trees. He looked down at the beautiful flowers. He walked along the path and smelled the fresh country air.
As he was walking, he suddenly spotted something.
It was square. It was black and yellow.
He picked it up and looked at it. And then he said:
Walker: I wonder what this is? It looks different from everything else in the woods. It doesn’t seem to be a plant or an animal…I wonder what this is.
Narrator: Just then, another person who was out for a walk came along and saw the man looking at the shiny square thing
Student 1: What is that?
Walker: I don’t know. What do you think it is?
Student 1: I haven’t seen it before but I think that is a rock that has now magically changed itself into a square thing.
Walker: Really? It changed all by itself?
Student 1: Yes. I think if a rock sits long enough, it may decide all by itself to become a thing like this.
Walker: But it has these buttons and if I press one…look what happens.
Student 1: I am not surprised at all. I think rocks are very smart and could just decide to play music.
Walker: I will have to think about that.
Student 1 walks away
Narrator: Soon another person came along and saw the man looking at the square thing that played music.
Student 2: What’s that?
Walker: I don’t know. I am trying to figure it out. Have you ever seen something like this in the woods before?
Student 2: No, but I am pretty sure I know what happened here. I think that a little twig and a piece of grass and some pebbles and some rain and some dust and some crickets all landed in one spot, on one day, and the sun was shining just at that moment and the wind was blowing and all those parts joined together and you now have this.
Walker: That sounds a little crazy.
Student 2: Well, I am pretty sure that is how it happened.
Student 2 walks away.
Narrator: Soon another person came walking by.
Student 3: Oh, what is that you have there?
Walker: I don’t know, it was on the ground and it looks different from everything else.
Student 3: Well…I don’t know what it is, but someone must have made it.
Walker: Made it?
Student 3: Yes, isn’t that obvious? It is made out of plastic, that would come from a factory where people make plastic. And there are screws and gears and moving parts. A smart person invented this and used tools to put this together. And there are words on it as well, and only a person uses words, so a person must have named this and put the name right on it. Oh look, it says, tape recorder – that is what it is, a tape recorder.
Walker: So this was made by a smart person and it is a tape recorders.
Student 3: Exactly.
Teacher: Take a look at the person next to you. As goofy as they may be…here are some amazing facts about the person next to you:
- Did you know that before I finish this sentence 10 million cells in their body will die and be replaced…now.
- Did you know that the acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve zinc?
- Your lungs contain 300 million tiny blood vessels so that if they were laid out end to end they would stretch 2400 km
- Each one of your finger and toenails take 6 months to grow from base to tip
- The focusing muscles of the eye move around 100,000 times a day. To give your leg muscles the same workout you would need to walk 80 km a day!
- We have approximately 9,000 taste buds on our tongues
- There are 54 bones in your hand
- The human brain has about 100 billion neurons (neurons are cells in your brain that are needed to pass on information – and you have 100 billion of them…what if you only had 10 billion…what wouldn’t you be able to think? God knew you needed 100 billion and gave them to you!)
You are an amazing creation and you were MADE by God, and you were MADE because God thinks you are valuable and He loves you! You are on this planet because He wants you to be and He has a plan for your life.
Bible Verse – Every Other Word (5 Minutes)
Pair the kids off or put them in groups and give them 5 minutes to memorize the verse below by having them memorize it as follows (just to make it more fun)
Verse: “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in God’s love. God is love.” 1 John 4:16
Person 1: We
Person 2: know
Person 1: how
Person 2: much
Person 1: God
Person 2: loves
Then have them “perform it”. Make sure they get the “1 John 4:16” as well.
This will be the same verse we are doing all of September.
Close in prayer. Reinforce the lesson in prayer. See if there would be a student who would be willing to also pray…Close off by having the kids repeat this line
“Thanks God for making me”
So that their voice is heard in prayer as well.