Blessings as we transition from summer to fall and the start of the learning year. We know online learning is challenging for everyone and we ask God’s special blessings on this learning year. God is with you and God sees you, and we are holding you all in prayer!!

Sunday School Starts Off on Zoom, Sunday, September 13

9:00 – 9:40 a.m. PreSchool – 5th Graders
11:00 -11:50 a.m. Middle School: 6th-8th Graders
Please contact the church office for Zoom links. If you are on Facebook, please like Gloria Dei Kids.

Responding to God’s Word: The Story of Creation
Genesis 1:1 – 2:4 • Psalm 8 • John 1:1-5

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Response Options – Creation

Reflection Section:

Choose a set of questions for deeper reflection.  You could think about it on a walk, journal or draw about it, or talk to a friend or as a family.  Whatever feels right.  Just be sure to give the questions a few minutes of your undivided attention.

  1. 1. What is your favorite part of creation?  What about it do you especially enjoy or makes you most grateful?  How would you describe it to someone else?
  1. 2. God created you to be unique and proclaimed you “very good.”  What skills and traits did God create in you from the very beginning?  How are you currently using them as you grow older? Are there skills and traits that God might be calling you to use in a new way?
  1. 3. Take a few minutes to read through one or all of the Scripture passages above.  Think about how amazing it is that out of the whole universe God created you!  In God’s image God created you.   What does it mean to you to be created in the image of God?
  1. 4. What does the word creativity mean to you? How do you currently use creativity in your work, play, school, home, family, community, online, or church? How does your creativity connect you to God the Creator?

Imagination Station:

Option One: If you were given the opportunity to create a new creature what would it look like?  What kind of environment and food would it need to live in and thrive?  What would you call it?  What characteristics would it have?  Would it have free will? 

Option Two:  Have fun making play dough!  Shape things found in creation or create something new!  Use your play dough to try out Play Dough Prayers or “Sculptionary”.

Option Three:  Draw or paint one of the days of creation — or illustrate them all and arrange them in order.  

Outdoor Adventure:

Option One:  Go for a walk, play outside, hike, or spend time in creation without using technology.  What did you see, hear, enjoy most?  Did you notice anything concerning?  Give God thanks for this beautiful world.  

Option Two:  Take digital photos to represent each of the Days of Creation including sabbath.  Share your photos on the Gloria Dei Kids Group Facebook page.  Describe how you think each photo shows the “It is good” aspect of that part of Creation.  

Kitchen Connection:

Option One:  Create/prepare a favorite meal to share with your family.  Recognize and enjoy your creativity at work.  

Option Two:  Try out one or more of these fun recipes!  

Faith Practice:

Option One: Use your creativity to brighten someone’s day.  Make them a card, bake them a cake, or give them an unexpected compliment. 

Option Two:  Care for God’s creation by beautifying a part of creation that needs some attention, or evaluate your family plan for how to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost”.  

Option Three:  Share a photo on your social media with a short phrase about what you love about God’s creation.