28 Nov Gospel For Tots Lesson 2 : Where Did I Come From?
Where Did I Come From?
- Know where men truly came from
- Know that men are made in the image of God
Verses for the Teachers:
Genesis 2: 7; Genesis 2: 21-22
Verse for the Kids:
Genesis 1: 27
“So God created human beings in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female.”
God’s creation flash cards (set of 7 cards), whiteboard marker, 3 cartoon images (man coming from the sky, man popping out from no where, man evolving from apes), class bible, box of soil/dirt with a male figurine buried in it, hand held paper fan, laminated picture of the sleeping Adam with the laminated picture of the rib bone attached at the rib cage area and a female figurine, image examples ($2 note, children’s storybook, your own phone with wallpaper), mirror, laminated picture of “Thinking God” and “Acting God”, Bubble the puppet, puppet stand, “God Made Me” music video (on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoVfIBzCapU), Creation (Genesis) video (on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaTlCoviQKA), 10 square coloured card stock paper, 10 circle cutouts of reflective paper, glitter glue, stickers, scrap coloured paper, white glue, coloured markers, 10 tongue depressors.
- Talk about how God has created everything in the world.
- Recap from previous lesson by using the God’s creation flash cards from last week.
- Ask them review questions:
– How many days did God take to create the world?
– What are the things God has created on each day?
– Which day did God create men?
- Start by asking children the key question and writing it on the whiteboard: “Where Did I Come From?” Get some responses from the children (you may jot it down on the board as well).
- Flash some images that in cartoon, sometimes we see that men come from the sky, men come from animals or we just pop out of no where. But they are all not true.
- Get a volunteer to bring the class bible over and tell them that according to the word of the bible, man and woman were very first made by God.
- Take out the box of soil/dirt with a male figurine buried in it and the hand-held paper fan.
Read Genesis 2: 7 – “And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground (pause and show children the dirt and take out the figurine from the box of soil) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (fan the paper fan on the kids so they feel the “breath of life”), and man became a living being.”
- Next, take out the picture of the sleeping Adam with the laminated picture of the rib bone attached at the rib cage area and a female figurine.
Read Genesis 2: 21-22 – “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh (detach the rib bone picture from the picture of Adam’s body). Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man (take out the female figurine and place it next to the male figurine, side by side, to show the children).”
- Explain to the children that Adam and Eve went on to have children and their children gave birth to more children, that is where humans were made and increased in numbers. That is how our grandparents came about, then our parents and then, us. We came from God’s creation from the first man and woman, therefore, we are all God’s creation.
- Now, ask the children if they know what the word “image” means. Tell them that image means the picture they see.
- Show some images for the children to identify:
– What image is on this $2 note?
– What image is on this book cover?
– What image is on this phone?
- Now, bring out the mirror and get volunteers to come up and look into the mirror. Ask whose image do they see on the mirror.
- Tell children it is said in the bible that when God created us, He created us in His image- to be like Him. So every time we look at the mirror, we are seeing the image of God. That is how precious we are when God made us. He did not make the animals or plants in His image, or the mountains and the grass. He only specially made us in His image.
- Take out Bubble, the class puppet, and get Bubbles to ask:
“BUT WAIT WAIT! God made us in His image? But what is the image of God? Does He have black hair like me? Where spectacles like me?” Place the puppet back on the puppet stand.
- Take out the flash cards of the Thinking God and the Acting God. Tell children that God’s image is special and does not mean to look like His face (like big eyes or small eyes, long hair or short hair). Image of God means the way God thinks and they way He does things. Ask children:
– What do you think God thinks about?
– What do you think God likes to do?
(Gather their response)
- Tell children that God wants us to think and act like Him because we are His children. He wants us to think about His word (in the bible), His love and act out in love. Just like how He loved us and saved us if we believe in Him. He also wants us to love ourselves and think about other people around us, saving them by letting them know about our God! (may use flash cards or PowerPoint pictures to emphasise each point)
- Tell children that God wants us to act like Him. To be caring and loving, to talk and pray, to enjoy reading His word (bible) and to go out and be brave, telling others about Him and His stories. (may use flash cards or PowerPoint pictures to emphasise each point)
- Go back to the key question written on the board: “Where Did I Come From?” and conclude that we came from God’s hands (just like how He made Adam and Eve) in His image, to think and act like Him. That makes each of us so precious to God!
- Sing the song “God Made Me” by Cedarmont Kids with the children to end the main lesson:
God made me, God made me
In my bible book, I read that
God made me
(God loves me/ God helps me/ God keeps me)orShow children the youtube video on “Creation (Genesis)” to summarise and end the lesson.
13. Do a closing prayer with the children:
– Thank God for making this beautiful world and for making me.
– Thank God for making me out of His own hands and His love to give me everything I have.
– Help us be reminded of where we came from and how loved with are by our Creator and Father.
“God Made Me” mirror craft activity:
- Give a square coloured card stock paper to each child (they may choose the colours).
- Give out a circle cutout of the reflective paper.
- Provide glue for children to stick the reflective paper onto the square paper.
- Get them to decorate the side of the square paper with stickers, glitter or coloured scrap paper.
- For the older kids, get them to write “God Made Me” on their decorated mirror.
For the younger ones, assist them in the writing.
- Get the children to write their names at the back of their completed piece.
- Stick a tongue depressor at the back of the completed piece as a holder.
Take Home Sheet
This Week’s Sunday School…
Where Did I Come From?
We learnt that:
- God created me and you!
- God made me in His image because He loves me!
Take Home Questions for the Kids:
- Who created the very first man and woman?
- Who did God in His image?
(Answer: Men- You and me!)
- What is the image of God?
(Answer: The way He thinks and acts)
- Where did I come from?
(Answer: God’s hands!)
Quote of the Week:
God made me with His own hands in His image!