teaching activity is based on John Birch's "Creation
- In the original activity, a narrator tells
the story of Creation while another person rushes back and forth to a
central table, placing props on it to represent different aspects of
Creation. In order to involve the children as much as possible, this
version uses children - and some adults - to bring the various props to
- The activity is followed by some teaching
- An adult
to narrate the story, pausing as appropriate for children to bring up the
- As many
children or adults as you like, to bring up the props.
Notes on the Props
John Birch's suggested props are imaginative
and fun, and can easily be adpted to your own circumstances.
John Birch suggests that an adult brings up a candle and matches, and
lights the candle. If you're going to have children bringing up
props after this point then you might prefer the light to be represented
by a lamp or torch, or at least by a candle that is shielded in some
- Fish and
birds: you might use plastic toy fish, rather than cut-out fish
shapes. It's also fun to adapt John Birch's paper aeroplane
"birds" by priming a few adults in the congregation to fly these over the
heads of the others towards the central table at the appropriate point
(you could even provide sheets of paper and asked them to make their own
aeroplanes, too). NB if you follow this suggestion then you should
certainly reconsider using a naked flame to represent light!
this is a great point at which to have lots of children, each with a
different toy animal and making its noise, rushing towards the central
- Hand out
the props at the beginning of the service and explain to each person what
will be required (making the animal's noise, flying the aeroplane, and so
There are so many aspects of Creation that
you could choose to bring out in your teaching. Here are a few ideas that
you might like to bring to the children's attention - or you could focus on
just one of them, and draw it out in more detail.
- The first words of the Creation account
are the opening words of the Bible itself: "In the beginning God".
Everything comes from God and depends on Him for its existence.
- "God saw that all these things were good."
God loves His creation, and we can be awestruck when we contemplate its
vastness and intricacy.
- God made humans in His own image - also
for good. We are made to be creative, loving and faithful beings. He even
gave us free will: the freedom to choose whether or not to respond to His
love. We all have that choice to make.
- God rested when His work was complete, and
He commanded humans, too, to have a Sabbath rest: to put work aside for a
day and take the time to worship Him. Jesus said that the Sabbath was
made for man, not man for the Sabbath: the point is not to follow precise
rules about what we can and cannot do that day, but to celebrate God's
gifts, including the gift of rest.
- God has made us stewards of His creation.
What does that mean for us today?