The Creation Story
Tony Kummer, Ministry-To-Children, 2011

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

This 7 lesson series about God’s work of Creation was written by Felicia Mollohan and features an original coloring book by Mandy Groce. We’ve included a printable storybook for toddlers, crafts, and game ideas. These materials follow a literal 6 day reading of the days of creation.

The Doctrine of Creation is essential to a Christian understanding of the world and will help children appreciate the LORD as the maker of all things. This knowledge of the first things points us back to Jesus was in the beginning. “All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:3

What do you get?

Access Ministry-To-Children resources, including: 7 lessons on creation, participant resources (printable story books) and all leaders’ resources. Session titles are:

  1. Creation Day One
  2. Creation Day Two
  3. Creation Day Three
  4. Creation Day Four
  5. Creation Day Five
  6. Creation Days Six and Seven
  7. Creation Review Lesson

Who is it for?

There are two series options available; one for ages 2 -5 years old and one for ages 5 – 11 years old. Small groups. Beginning and Growing.

Cost?

Free to access and download, available here.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Presentation is very good. Sessions are presented in pdf format, easy to follow and have enough detail without preparation seeming daunting. There are clear links to other resources, clear sub-headings throughout and the supporting resource documents are clear and easy too. The sessions approach creation from a ‘God made’ aspect and there is no content on the concept of evolution.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each session includes ‘learning objectives’ at the beginning. These outline what children should be able to demonstrate at the end of the session.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    Leader notes are very accessible, with room for flexibility if needed, or an easy to follow, comprehensive script if preferable too.

    Who could lead it?

    The format for younger audiences (ages 2 – 5 years old) can be led by any Christian adult wanting to run the sessions in their context. The format for older audiences (ages 5 – 11 years old) may benefit from a Children’s Worker as they are more likely to ask questions about the content and voice more thoughts. Having a leader capable of answering questions will enable a richer session.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    Participant resources are minimal and consist of colouring sheets, songs and a colouring book for the younger ages. These are relevant, simple, age appropriate and easy to locate on the site.

    How good is any digital material?

    There are a couple of videos and songs which are suggested for both age ranges but more appropriate for the younger ages.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Preparation shouldn’t be too arduous, but context will affect how long preparation will take. Supply lists at the beginning of each session outline what the leader needs to buy or grab from a standard supply cupboard. In some cases, there will be some make-shift resources to do in advance, for example in one session the leader needs to print off pictures of fish and cut them up in to puzzle pieces. The instructions guide the leader with regard to discussion and Bible teaching content which means a fun and interactive session can be led without any extra input, or the leader can add in their own ideas. Otherwise, running the session as it is will just require the leader to print and read through the content, consider their own context and ensure they have tried and loaded any links needed.

    Is there website support? Links?

    This series is accessed online so links within the site navigate leaders to extra resource areas they need. Links are all internal to the site.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Each session includes various activities to allow children to interact with one another and the leaders. There are more discussion-based activities in the older age group formats, and more craft activities for the younger ages. Children interact with the leader during the Bible study time too by answering questions, and watching visual stimuli.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    These sessions ensure that children are learning the objective from start to finish by approaching it in different ways. For example, children may start off a session doing a craft which is relevant to the day of creation. Next, they hear the story and answer questions throughout; this is followed by more activities and an evaluation to solidify learning. There are several approaches for learning and leaders can choose whether or not to do them all or not.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    These sessions have been made to suit children’s church, Sunday school, small groups, afterschool club or home study lessons. They are flexible in this way as they involve relatively low mess, low cost and are easy to prepare. Each session can run from 45 minutes – 1 hour (or longer if activities are extended). Leaders will need access to a colour printer and will need approximately 1-1.5 hours to plan each session. There are two different layouts for this series; one for ages 2-5 years old and one for ages 5-11 years old. If running a session with children who are around 5 years old, leaders need to weigh up the content and decide what is most appropriate for their audience. These sessions can be run in a relatively small space, and leaders need to make sure they have access to a projector and computer if wanting to incorporate the optional videos.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Children in the older age range have more time allocated to apply material. This is achieved with discussion with the leader for older children, and by games and colouring sheets for younger ages.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Approximately 15 minutes of each session is Bible-based.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    For the younger age group, Biblical material is presented by reading the stories and incorporating interactive visuals. Children then answer questions which are closed and have one word answers. Material is then applied by doing various activities. For the older age group, children answer questions about the week before, open their bibles, read and then discuss the reading with their leader as the leader goes through the passage, explains it and asks the group questions. The children then do activities to reinforce the learning goals.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    This series is more about children understanding the creation story and God’s power, and appreciating the world around them. Application to everyday life is not a main focus of this resource.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No specific theological perspective, appropriate for all church denominations.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Whole-life discipleship is not a direct focus of this resource, however children learn the importance of the world and are inspired to look after it as it was made by such an amazing God.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Children are encouraged to grow in their faith by learning about how creation came about, and thinking about why God created things in the order that he did. Children are given space to ask the leader questions, answer questions, and learn about the events which started the world we live in.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    In the final sessions, children learn about the creation of human beings and that they are special compared to the rest of creation. They learn that God has a special relationship with us, and leaders can use their own words to emphasise and explain what this means and ask leading questions about how this might have an impact on the children’s lives.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    This series doesn’t have much content on dealing with or approaching real life issues, as much of the teaching is about times before human beings so issues the children face wouldn’t have been around then. If leaders want to link creation to real life issues, they will need to incorporate this content themselves.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    As this series covers creation, there is not a great deal on evangelism, however children make crafts during sessions to take home which encourages them to share what they have learnt with family and friends around them.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Not a focus for this series, however leaders can easily incorporate some content on how to have a positive impact on each aspect of creation. For example, God made plants, children could be set a task to plant a bulb.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus for this series.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus in this series.

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