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Family Worship Ideas: August 2nd, 2020

Use the ideas below, or come up with your own, to create an at home family worship experience.
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Preschool

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Wonder Video

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Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image.” Genesis 1:26a

Play with Purpose

I’m Special Because God Made Me

Draw a simple “gingerbread man” or stick figure shape on pieces of paper and then have everyone draw and color their shape to make it look like themselves adding facial features, hair, clothing, etc. Use yarn, construction paper or other items if you have them available.

Say: God made everyone in the whole wide world. But, no two people are the same! God made us to learn, create, and help! God is amazing, and He made us to be like him and to worship him! Who made you and me? God made you and me.”

Bonus: Notice, Wonder, Compare


Head outside and make some observations about God's creation. Have everyone (including parents) fill in these blanks. 

"I notice ____________." 
"It makes me wonder ____________."
"It reminds me of ____________."

Say: God made so many wonderful things. Isn't it fun to stop and notice some of the things he made?

Pray

Pray something like this:

"Dear God, Thank you for making the world and for making each of us. We are all different and yet we all are able to think and learn and be creative and helpful. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Table Talk

At your next family meal say, “God made us all in his own image, but he also made us all differently. What are some ways that we are the same? What are some ways that we are different?”

Additional Resources

Coloring Page (PDF)
Game (PDF)

Elementary

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So&So Show

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Genesis 1:26-31

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

Play with Purpose

Activity #1: Notice, Wonder, Compare

Head outside and make some observations about God's creation. Look around and have everyone (including parents) fill in these blanks. 

"I notice ____________." 
"It makes me wonder ____________."
"It reminds me of ____________."

Say: It honors God when we pause to notice and think about the the wonderful things he made. Let's go inside and thing about some more of the things that he made. 

Activity #2: Limitless Creativity

Gather paper and makers or pencils. Read the following categories and have everyone write or draw an example. When done, go through the categories and let everyone share their answers.

  • A color
  • Something bigger than a car
  • Something smaller than a dime
  • Something chewy to eat
  • Something that makes sound
  • Something slimy
  • Something used to move things
  • Something fuzzy
  • Something squishy
  • Something hot

Say: When we look at the world, we see that God is creative. He made so many different things that we can’t even count them all. God’s creativity shines through each of us, too. Imagine what we can do because we’re made in His image.

Pray

Pray something like this:

“Dear God, We can’t even understand how great you are. When we look around at all the things you made, we see you’re more creative than we can even imagine. Thank you, God, for making each one of us in your image. Remind us every time we look in the mirror that we were made to reflect a bit of you to everyone we meet. Amen.”

Table Talk

At your next family meal ask, “Where did you see God’s creativity today?”

Additional Resources

Coloring Page (PDF)
Crossword (PDF)

Students

Watch

Watch the Sunday message together HERE.

Discuss

1. What stood out to you in today's message?

2. After hearing the main points, "I can forget the past, and I can remember the prize," which one do you struggle to do most?

3. Based on what you heard, what is a next step you can take this week?


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Student Resources

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Resources for students

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