Where is God Art Project
This is a good way to introduce the idea of searching. It’s not always easy to see God but he is to be found very much in the midst of our lives. There are a number of books that can be purchased through an online retailed such as Amazon.
You could give each child a worksheet or use larger sheets of paper (one square per sheet of paper). This is to create space early on in the session to allow children to express their creativy. Emphasis that everyone sees differently and their responses might well be different.
Creative Drawing Idea
This is an alternative introductory activity.
Gather together some toy catalogues, brochures or instruction booklets you don’t mine cutting up. Cut out some images that are full of action and glue them to individual sheets of paper. (You want it to look unfinished so the children want to finish the picture). Invite the children to finish of the pictures.
See the gallery below for some ideas…
Before the session write each of the questions on a large sheet of paper. Split the children into two teams and have them race against each other. Print out the photos and place them at the top of the hall. The children have to choose the photo that best represents their answer to the question. Print out a selection of words to use for the last question. Make sure to leave come blank cards for children to write their own words.
- Where can you find God?
- What would God say to you? Choose an emoticon and fill in the speech bubble.
- What does God look like?
- Complete the sentence – God is…
Worksheet with emoticons and speech bubbles: emoticonsandspeech
Where is God Poem
Show the poem on the projector screen – read it out loud together as one large group.
Where is God Powerpoint
Show the powerpoint…emphasising we will all have different answers to the question.
Questions and Artwork
Give each child the following questions below. They can write or draw their responses.
Is God close or far away?
Is God Happy or Sad?
Does God ever get angry? What might make God angry?
Does God every cry? What might make God cry?
Where does God live?
What does God look like?
Does God live alone or with others?
Using their answers to the questions ask the young people to create a piece of artwork answering the question ‘Where is God?’
1. Sketch out their initial ideas on a piece of paper
2. Once they have an idea or a picture in mind – draw it on to a canvas. The children can use a variety of craft materials, tissue paper, foil, newspapers etc. anything they want to add to their artwork.
The review can happen at the time or later –this can be done individually or with others.
Some useful questions to help volunteers consider and learn from the session include:
- Has each child been able to participate in their own way?
- What went well and why?
- Has each child been able to reflect, even a little, on the hiddenness/closeness of God?
- What is there for you to learn from this session?
- What might you do differently another time?
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