September 8: Welcome and the Holy Family
Today in in the Godly Play room, we were presented with the story of The Holy Family. We heard of Mother Mary, the Father Joseph, and Jesus who we met both as a baby and a risen savior. In both forms, Jesus was, as he has been since, “reaching out to give the whole world a hug.” This is the first Sunday together as a group since the long summer season. We spent time getting reacquainted and began the new year’s stories.
September 15: The Beginning of the Creation Story: Genesis 1:1-2:3
“In the beginning…” The story today was our first story of Creation from the very first line of Genesis. Our bible has 2 Creation stories – the other is about Adam and Eve and a certain serpent. With the gift of each day, God said, ”It is good.” Recall with your child what was created on those first six days. Spend some time thinking about the 7th day when even God rested and gave us the gift of a day to remember all the gifts from the other days.
September 22: The Creation Story Continues
This Sunday we will revisit the story of creation. This time we will use picture books and see how different authors respond to the story. Creation is a huge story and over time there have been heated disagreements about exactly creation happened. Some feel that science does not support the creation story of the Bible and others believe that science is wrong and that creation actually was complete is seven days, exactly as the Bible describes. The differences need not be resolved for us to accept the great act of God that resulted in the creation of our world.
September 29: The Flood and the Ark: Genesis 6:5-9:17
We will hear the story of The Great Flood today. The Flood Story is believed to be a myth by most scholars – a way for ancient people to understand the world around them. God’s beautiful creation had changed a great deal before the flood and God chose Noah and his family to build the ark and preserve the creatures while the earth was washed clean. After the rain stopped and the earth was dry enough to depart the ark, God made a covenant with all people that a flood like this would never happen again. God put a “bow in the sky” (rainbow) as a sign of this promise. (We’ll make one today using a prism!)