WEEK 1: LIGHT + DARK
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.” Genesis 1:1-4
Before God spoke, His Spirit hovered over the chaos, wild, uncreated. Before He created, He drew near—His Spirit like a delicate bird hovering before the formless waste.
Isn't it cool that our God draws near? That He sees the void, or the "wild wastelands," as an opportunity to create? If you've ever wondered if God would come near to you or might find you "too far gone," we have only to look at creation and see otherwise. God draws close and His creativity is sparked in the face of the void.
GO A LITTLE DEEPER:
Why do you think light came first?
Why do you think God didn’t give us every detail about how the world was created?
Since God is able to create everything by speaking it into being, what does that tell you about who God is?
GO BIG + GO HOME!
As a grown-up guide to your little storymaker, your job is to encourage a creative connection to the Bible through play, imagination and meaningful engagement. Sometimes we adults can feel intimidated by this kind of role. We worry that we won’t “do it right.” But all of our kids are loved and belong to the Creator—He is working out His redemption plan for each of us, so our only job is to share what has been given to us in love and mercy.
Each week, we’ll include ways for you to “go big” with our Sunday topic and “go home” with it, aka bring it creatively into your daily life! The activities, crafts or projects we’ve listed below are just a couple of ideas on how to open our eyes in wonder to the world around us. This is just the beginning!
Create a lightbox! You’ll need a flashlight, scissors and an old shoebox.
Mix colors. You’ll need several flashlights, colorful cellophane and tape or rubber bands.
Turn off the lights! This just requires you to have a room you can make mostly dark—while in the dark, practice turning the lights (or a lamp, better yet!) on and off to see how the “light pierces the darkness” (see John 1).