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Celebrating God's Creation (1): Bulbs
- Put together a display showing a range of bulbs both in flower and not (some grown in soil, some grown above water, some pulled out of the earth to show bulb, flower, roots etc.).
- A flower is beautiful. Encourage children to look at the colour and feel of the petals, the shape of the flower. Each bloom is slightly different - a different size, colour, scent and look.
- The bulb is often hidden below the ground, but we can see what grows from it, the beautiful part. Other people cannot see what is in our minds or in our hearts but people see our lives and our actions. If our minds and hearts are right, people see our lives as beautiful - like the flower that grows from the bulb.
- Jesus told a story about how learning about God and living our lives in a way that would please him will help us grow into something beautiful. Read or, preferably, tell the Parable of the Sower from Matthew 13.
IDEAS TO DEVELOP THROUGH THE WEEK:
- Read the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5 and 6. Pause at the description of the flowers and encourage the children to think about their beauty and give their own explanations of why the flowers are special. Go on to read about how we are more important to God than the beautiful, special flowers. How does that make us feel?
- Provide the children with a number of natural and reclaimed materials. Let the children try to make a flower and play the words of the song "Carpenter, carpenter make me a tree". Encourage the children to reflect on the miracle of creation.
- Try to draw comparisons between bulbs and people. Conclude with links to creation using Genesis 1. We are all part of God's creation: different, individual... each special and loved.
'Carpenter, carpenter make me a tree', The Complete Come and Praise, 5
'Think of a world', The Complete Come and Praise, 17
From a tiny seed or hidden bulb to a beautiful flower,
let us grow strong helped by care and love.
Help us appreciate the beauty around us in this wonderful world you have created.