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Summer Bible Challenge: June 7-13

| June 7, 2020

This week there is a Holy Moly (elementary) video and a Re:form Ancestors video (middle and high school)  that corresponds to Sunday’s worship theme, “Made for God” – Genesis 1:1 – 2:4.  The videos can be found at using the password virtualcm.
Don’t forget to watch for the Monday morning eblast from the church office for a zoom link for “Lunch & a Story”.  This week’s reader is Anna Parkinson and the book is “Who Is My Neighbor” by Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso with illustrations by Denise Turu.
Throughout the summer you will find activities for our children and youth (all the way through high school) that correspond to the Sunday worship theme.  This week’s activities are included here and with the videos.  

Preschool – early elementary:

  • Make a creation scene. Use playdoh, paint, crayons, markers, colored pencils, or any other art/craft materials.
  • Use multiple art resources to make one of the animals from the creation story
  • Using playdoh or model magic clay, make up your own imaginary animal


Upper elementary/Middle school:

  • Retell the creation story in comic form or make a stop motion movie of one of the days of creation.
  • Make a self-portrait. If you want to “go big” make it life size!
  • Using model magic clay, or real clay (self-hardening) sculpt your own imaginary animal
  • Use playdoh, model magic, or real clay to make different people.  Make sure each person has a unique feature that makes them different from the others.
The Bible is not the only religious creation story.  Other ancient tales of creation depict humans as an afterthought or unintended consequence of fighting between deities.  The creation narrative in the Bible depicts creation, especially humanity, as an intentional act of God. 
  • Write a poem/song/paragraph or create some visual art showing what that difference means for your faith and relationship with God.
  • Use oil pastels or acrylic paints to depict some part of the creation story.
  • Use real clay to sculpt an animal (real or imagined).
  • Reflect on how this biblical account of creation speaks to current events in our own community, country, and the world.

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