Activity 1a How can God be creative?
Ask pupils… What evidence is there in the Bible about being creative regarding both God and people?
- Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 Creation story and the creation of humankind
- Exodus 35 Moses instructing the people of Israel with God’s Commandments about the Temple
- Exodus 35 Bezalel and his craftsmen inspired by the Holy Spirit
- Psalm 104 David as a songwriter, poet and musician
Read or mime part of the Christian Creation story from the Book of Genesis Chapters 1 and 2 about how God made the world, creating the earth, light and day, plants and animals.
Whether this is interpreted literally or metaphorically the first few chapters in Genesis document a profound and inspiring creative process involved in bringing things into being. Judaism and Islam have a similar ‘Creation’ story and many other religions and belief systems have their own stories and theories about how the world began.
How does this account help us understand something of what Christian’s believe about God’s creative nature?
Activity 1b Humankind made in the image of God to create
In the Christian Creation story, God was ‘creating man and in his own image’. Read the account in Genesis of God creating man out of dust and woman from the rib of Adam. Discuss what the phrase ‘made in God’s image’ might mean. How could this relate to people’s ability to create?
For example, people down the ages, throughout the world, have both survived and developed technologically through man’s resourcefulness and creativity used practically in creating tools, vessels, methods to source and prepare food, design and build shelters and clothing from materials of the earth.
Alongside this since the earliest times humans have been making art and using it to communicate about facts, faith and feelings alongside other art forms such as drama and storytelling. (see Essential Information)
Connect pupil’s understanding of Christian beliefs about God as Creator and how people are inspired and able to create. (see Essential Information)