BIG IDEA: GOD CREATED YOU
- ‘Royalty’ by Hillsong Kids
- ‘Fearfully and Wonderfully Designed’ by Jim Bailey
- ‘Fearfully and Wonderfully Made’ from the Live It Out album only available through download. Motions available here.
- ‘Remarkably Made’ by LifeWay
1) Manic Makeover. Each team is given hair ties, clips and a brush. One player with long hair gets their hair done up by their team or partner. They are given around 60seconds to 2 minutes to do this. The best team’s attempt at a hair makeover is the winning team.
2) Cheetos game. A messy game where one child in each team has shaving foam put on their face whilst their team or another child (if done in partners) throws cheetos at their face from a distance. The team with the most cheetos stuck to their player’s face at the end is the winning team.
BIG VERSE: I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14.
SET the Scene:
Read Psalm 139:14-16.
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1) GOD CREATED YOU AND YOU ARE AMAZING!
Watch this video (will need to read out the facts on the video as you go along – so the younger children can understand)
Did you know that God created you?! Did you know that God doesn’t create garbage – He creates works of art! The Bible says that we are His workmanship. He has worked on us and thought about how we would look, the type of person we would be, our talents, our dreams, our likes and dislikes and our unique personalities – there is nobody else like each of us on the planet! He loves us just as he has created us! Every part of us!
These verses that we’ve just read were written by King David. David didn’t complain or moan about the way he looked or compare himself to others. He knew that God loved him just how he was – even though he often let God down! He was thankful because he knew that God had ‘fearfully and wonderfully’ made him. The word ‘fearfully’ doesn’t mean he was afraid of how he made him or that God was scared every time he looked at David – the word fearfully is another way of saying ‘WOW!’ and being in awe; amazed at what God can do! God had created David in a way that was wonderful – so David stood in amazement at how great God had created him.
Just think about our bodies – how they work. Nobody has ever been able to recreate a human because our bodies are too detailed and complex. God knew exactly what He was doing when He made our bodies! Not only that, but each of us is completely different! Look at your fingerprints – did you know that no two people’s prints are the same. Not even identical twins have the same prints. Each one of us is special to God and created in an amazing way! So let’s praise God for loving us enough to create us in an amazing way!
SEARCH the Scriptures:
Bible Sword Drill game. Get the children to put their Bibles under their arm and to draw them like a sword into the air. (The Bible is a sword) Then after the count of three let them search to find the Bible verse you have called out. The first person to find the verse is the winner.
The verses are all around the theme of ‘what else does the word say I am?’
I am a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
I am chosen. 1 Peter 2:9. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
I am God’s friend (if I obey Him). John 15:15. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
God’s Temple. (God lives in me if I have accepted Jesus into my life) 1 Corinthians 3:16.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
God’s Masterpiece/Workmanship/Handiwork. Ephesians 2:10. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Child of God. 1 John 3:1. See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
SENSE What You Feel:
You will need paints, paintbrushes and paper and cleaning materials such as newspaper to keep the tables clean.
When David wrote the Psalm he was praising God because he knew that God created him and looked at him in a good and loving way. Paint a picture of yourself in the style of how you think God looks at and sees you…. not how you see you, or how your friends see you. What do you think God sees when He looks at you? What was He thinking when He made you? Remember that the verses said that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You were made in an amazing way!
Some of the smaller children might find this difficult – instead you could ask them to paint the things that they want to thank God for about themselves. It might help to have a painting prepared that you have done yourself – or that someone else has done – beforehand to show them. Get children to discuss how they think God sees them as they show each other their art.
Was it easy to think about how God might see them? How did it make them feel?
Loved? Important? Valued?
Play Matt Redman’s song ‘Fearfully and Wonderfully Made’, Danielle Rose’s song of the same name… or why not try this fantastic song ‘You Know My Name’ by Rivers and Robots! The Scripture Lullaby is also a relaxing song that some groups may enjoy.
Let children take it in turns to look at themselves in a mirror as they pass it around the circle. Ask them to think about what parts of themselves they are thankful for. Remind them that God created the whole of them… not just the parts they like! He loves every single part of them! Ask the children to pray a prayer of thanks for their face and body, their talents and personalities – the way that God created them to be!