You are a work of art
To celebrate creativity and the idea that we are all Godís creations.
by The Revd Guy Donegan-Cross
Suitable for Whole School (Pri)
To celebrate creativity and the idea that we are all God’s creations.
Preparation and materials
- You will need play dough, two pens and some paper, and a blindfold.
- A cross-stitch picture.
- Background music.
- A flipchart (optional, see 2. below).
- Ask for a volunteer teacher and three children who enjoy drawing or modelling. Place the chosen teacher in a chair to pose. Tell the three children that they will be given two minutes to make a representation of the teacher.
Give one child the play dough and the other two paper and pens. Blindfold one of the drawing children – he or she will be drawing ‘blind’.
- Give the children two minutes to draw/create – play some background music. For added amusement, if you know the teacher well enough, you can do your own humorous portrait, perhaps a large one on a flipchart to give everyone something to look at as the ‘artists’ work.
If you have an lcd projector, screen and a webcam you can show the children’s work as they progress.
After two minutes, call a halt. Comment on how wonderful the works of art are. Give the volunteers a round of applause.
- Explain that the Bible tells how God made human beings like a work of art – how he loved to create them and put his spirit into them. How to God they are very good (Genesis 1.27).
- Show the back of the cross-stitch picture. Say that sometimes we can feel like our lives are a bit messy, or we can’t see how things will work out, or add up.
Turn the picture around. Christians and people of other faiths believe that God has the better view on our lives, and longs to make them into something beautiful. Ephesians 2.9 says, ‘We are God’s workmanship.’ God can see exactly what he is doing – unlike the brave volunteer who had to draw without seeing!
Time for reflection
Do you like to draw and paint?
Do you like to make models, perhaps with clay or play dough?
Do you like to make models out of boxes, or perhaps you like Lego modelling?
Do you like to make ideas up in your head?
Do you like to write stories or poems, letters or blogs?
Do you like photography? Do you love to dance?
What creative things do you like doing?
How could you be creative today?
God my Creator,
Thank you that you made me
as a work of art.
May my life be beautiful for you.
‘The bell of creation’ (Come and Praise, 86)