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Children's Lesson for Trinity Sunday A (June 19, 2011)
Scripture Reference: Genesis 1- 2:4

July Theme Song: "As You Are One"

First Thoughts:  Here we revisit the first creation story as presented in Genesis.  We will use this opportunity both to highlight God’s amazing power (God speaks and creation comes into being), and God’s gracious nature (naming everything good).  How can we live our lives to honor this creation which God adores?

Props You Will Need: Crown and scepter, or some other “king/queen” like implements

Teaching as a Team  
(Starts with Leader 2 dressed in king/queen garb, acting very “lordly” to all the loyal “subjects”)
Leader 1: Um, (name)?  What exactly are you doing?
Leader 2: I’ve decided to be a king.
Leader 1: Why is that?
Leader 2:  Well, you see, if you’re a king then your wish is everyone else’s command.  I just have to tell my servants what I want and they immediately bring it to me.
Leader 1: How does that work now?
Leader 2: Like this.  (pointing at a child) You, royal subject - bring me a lion!
Leader 1: I don’t really think that’s going to work.
Leader 2: Why not? 
Leader 1: Because you’re just a pretend king.  You don’t really have any power - and we don’t have a lion!  But our story today is about someone who really did have that power.  You know, the power to speak and make amazing things happen.
Leader 2:  A king greater than me?
Leader 1: Not a king.  God.  Our story today is about how God created the world.  God spoke and created the skies and the land, the seas and the plants, all the animals.  
Leader 2: All that just because God spoke?  I guess that does make God pretty powerful.
Leader 1:  Not only powerful, but loving and kind.  God made a world in which everything would be cared for - everything has its place.  Not only that, God was happy.  God looked at everything God had made, and said it was good.
Leader 2:   So God is powerful, kind, and joyful!  
Leader 1:  Yeah, that’s better than pushy and bossy, huh?
Leader 2:  (taking off crown) I guess I’ll just get rid of these.
Leader 1: Good idea!
 
Teaching On Your Own: (put crown on head)  How do you think this looks on me?  I’ve decided I’m gonna be a king/queen.  You know why?  If you’re a king then your wish is everyone else’s command.  I just have to tell my servants what I want and they immediately bring it to me.  Like this - (point at a child) You, royal subject - bring me a lion!  (wait) Um, royal subject, why aren’t you getting me a lion?  Maybe because I’m only a pretend queen?  I don’t really have any power, do I?  But our story today is about someone who really did have that power.  You know, the power to speak and make amazing things happen.  But it wasn‘t a king - it was God.  Our story today is about how God created the world.  God spoke and created the skies and the land, the seas and the plants, all the animals.  Not only is God powerful, God is also loving and kind.  God made a world in which everything would be cared for - everything has its place.  Not only that, God was happy.  God looked at everything God had made, and said it was good.  That makes God powerful, kind, and happy - which is better than being pushy and bossy, huh? So maybe I better take off this crown!  

Closing Prayer: We thank you, God, for making this beautiful world, and for making us a part of it.  Help us to be kind, like you, and to be joyful in all the blessings of life.  Help us also not to be pushy or bossy, but loving and gentle with all our fellow earth creatures.  In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Follow-Up Lesson: A great way to follow up on this sermon in a classroom or home is to go for a nature walk outside.  Ask the kids to pay close attention to the world around them, listening for animals, watching for plants.  When you get back ask them to share what they saw.  Did they see ways that your church is helping animals/plants have space to grow (bird feeders, planted gardens, etc)?  What could you do to create more natural spaces to celebrate God’s creation?  Some ideas: kids might plant their own flowers, or paint a bird/bat house to put up, clean up litter.  Make sure you give the kids a chance to follow up on their ideas, and let the congregation know about it too.