“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day” (Genesis 1:1, 26-31 NIV)
One of the lessons every child learns is about God creating our world, humanity in God’s image (or imprint) and offering for us to join God in creating all that is good. Being fruitful is more than biology. It is stewardship and using our gifts to bring a brighter hope as we seek to bring God’s kingdom to earth.
(See the blog: https://tonystopic.com/2013/10/22/children-parents-and-sunday-school/ to go along with this one on the Children’s Coloring Ministry Committee and partnering with parents.)
Here is a Parent/Child/Special Needs’ event that will convey the Genesis message while strengthening Sunday School and families:
Call the event: Color My World
Invite parents and their children for an evening together. Ask them to bring their favorite family dish/casserole to share for dinner.
Provide plenty of crayons, pictures to color about creation, paper and finger paint for the event.
Enjoy dinner together and then share a devotional from Genesis 1.
After dinner, encourage parents and children to color or finger paint children’s handprints or a picture about creation. Pictures can be taken home or shared with the church staff and deacons to take to persons in the hospital, nursing home or a shut-in. This would be a great quarterly fellowship event. Invite SS teachers of the parents’ classes to join you and build fellowship for parents in classes or prospect of classes. It would also be a great way to kick off the Children’s Coloring Ministry Committee.
This becomes a fellowship, a renewed partnership with parents and a service project (which could be ongoing) all rolled into one!