To help pupils understand the biblical view of God, that he is someone who deserves to be worshipped.
Things you’ll need
- Some water in a bowl
- A measuring jug
- Several objects which can be easily measured with the ‘span’ of the hand
- Some modelling clay
- A blanket
- A globe
- A lively worship song with a strong rhythm and means to play it (optional)
Isaiah 40:12; 48:13
1 Invite some children to come and help you with the following tasks (give a running commentary on what they are doing).
- Find out how much water can be held in cupped hands by scooping up water from the bowl, then emptying it into the measuring jug.
- Measure some objects using the width (span) of your hands.
- Use your hands to create something simple from modelling clay.
- Spread the blanket out flat on a table or the floor, using only your right hand.
2 Talk to the children about:
– the quantity of water the volunteer could hold;
– how many hand widths across the objects were that were measured.
3 Tell the children that the Bible asks these questions (Isaiah 40:12, Youth Bible):
Who has measured the oceans in the palm of his hand?
Who has used his hand to measure the sky?
Show the globe and talk about the amount of water in the oceans. Talk about the size of the sky.
4 Show the children the object your volunteer made from clay and talk about spreading out the blanket. Ask the children who they think says these words from the Bible (Isaiah 48:13, Youth Bible):
‘I made the earth with my own hands.
With my right hand I spread out the skies’.
5 Ask the children to think about the crowds at a sports event or concert. What to the spectators do when an athlete or performer does well? (Answer: clap/cheer applaud.) Ask the children why people do this. Tell the children that in the Bible we hear about people clapping God. Psalm 47:1,2 (Youth Bible) says:
Clap your hands, all you people.
Shout to God with joy.
The Lord Most High is wonderful.
He is the great King over all the earth!
A Christian viewpoint
Christians believe that God is worth getting excited about! When they think about how great he is, they want to do something to show that. Explain that this is where the word ‘worship’ comes from – ‘worth-ship’. Sometimes worship means being quiet and still and thinking about God, but Christians also believe that God is worth shouting, singing and clapping to.
Whether or not we are Christians, all of us can take time to consider who we think deserves our worship.
Remind the children about what they have heard from the Bible about God. Ask them to think about those things in silence for a few moments. You may like to give the children the opportunity to sing, or clap along to, an appropriate song of praise to God.