BECOME || picture of a disciple: Moses, A Totally Transformed Worldview
Sunday, July — Worship@Home resources for FirstPres Hayward’s BECOME || picture of a disciple series
As our congregation has made the decision to move to a digital online format for our Sunday Family Gathering due to COVID-19, FirstPresKids is here to provide resources that can help you create your own at-home family worship experience or supplement the one that will be streamed on Sunday mornings, 10PST from FirstPres Hayward.
NOTE: You can also go to the FPK YouTube Channel to view most (not all) of these materials on this week’s FirstPresKids YouTube Playlist.
Scriptural Focus: Exodus 3 and Deuteronomy 32 — the story of Moses and his journey towards hearing and accepting God’s call to live with a different world view
Lesson Objective: to understand the idea of a worldview (perspective); consider different perspectives and think about why they exist; imagine what God’s vision for the world is and how we can be open to change in our worldview
Opening or Closing Prayer: Dear God, You created all of your creatures to see the world through their own eyes or (if they can’t see) to experience the world from their own perspective. But, you have a greater vision for us. Sometimes it feels hard to change our minds. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to think about how other people live differently from us. But, like Moses, help us to be open, to keep listening and growing, to be ready to change how we see the world so that we can see the world and our earthly siblings through your eyes, from your perspective. Transform our hearts and minds as we learn to follow you. Amen.
- Exodus 3
- Moses Song (younger kids, video)
- God’s Story: Moses (older kids, video)
- What do you think the word “worldview” means?
- Why do you think people see the world differently? How can two people look at the same thing (for example: an unsheltered person, an immigrant, a police officer) and see it so differently?
- How or why did Moses’ worldview change from the beginning to the end of his story?
- What do you think God’s worldview or vision for the world is?
- God is always asking us to learn and grow and change our worldview until it becomes more and more like the way God sees the world. How does God change your worldview?
Part of being able to allow space for God to transform our worldview is teaching children that it is okay and good to change our perspectives:
- “The importance of perspective taking for young children” (article)
- “Critical thinking is a 21st-century essential — here’s how to help kids learn it” (article and link to TEDtalk video)
Videos for Kids:
- Explore different “worldviews”: “How Animals See The World” or “How Babies See The World”
- Amazing things happen when we learn to see the world differently! 11 Kid Inventors Break Down Their Greatest Inventions
- Play Dough Pictionary: transform lumps of play dough into something new while your teammates or family members guess what you’re sculpting.
- Frog Transformation Competition: Review the frog metamorphosis cycle. Starting with eggs, players can act as the egg mass by squatting low and saying “giggle-wiggly” while shaking their bodies. Then, players can move up to the tadpole stage by standing straight up with arms tight at their sides, swaying side to side and saying, “wiggle-wiggle”. As the tadpole sprouts legs, players extend arms out and make a fish-face sucking sound. Players then transform into frogs by hopping and saying, “ribbit-ribbit” or mimicking what local frogs say. As a fun game extension, add on a final phase of transforming your frog into a prince or princess with the classic screw-in-a-lightbulb wave. The players transform from stage to stage in the game by playing rock-paper-scissors. Each player should be doing the motions and sounds for their stage, everyone starting as eggs. Two players in the same stage approach each other and play a round of rock-paper-scissors. The player that wins moves to the next stage while the player that loses moves back a stage. The game repeats itself until no more matches can be made or as time allows. (source)
- Play with the idea of transformation by creating tessellations
- See the world differently with a DIY kaleidoscope
Books: libraries are closed and you may not have time to order books, but check out the lists below and often a quick internet search will turn up a video version of many picture books. Or scroll down for my quick picks that you can “read” online!
- “14 Picture Books About Observation and Perspective”
- Quick picks: They All Saw a Cat by Brenden Wenzel, Look Up by Jin Jung-Ho (older kids) or Duck, Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal