Reading with Magnifying Glass

Where is God?

Lesson 1

 
 

Lesson Intro for Leaders

Through-out this curriculum we will be asking questions and talking about God. We are starting with questions that are less personally connected to us and moving to more intimate questions around what God means for us. Of course, asking “Where Is God?” can be deeply personal if one immediately recognizes that God is with them and for them. Do not assume that everyone is coming to to these questions with answers or knows how to have a relationship with God. Try to hold back some of the deeper questions until later in the week unless you are certain that all of the students are together in their understanding.

 

Gathering Questions

Supplies: Dice or Dice Roll App

Roll a dice- whatever number you come up with is the way you have to answer the following question.. 

What is something you are thankful for today?  

  1. Pick something silly

  2. Pick something that starts with the letter B

  3. Pick something that most people might not be thankful for (you have to share why you are thankful for it)

  4. Pick something from church you are thankful for

  5. Pick SOMEONE you are thankful for

  6. Pick something that appeals to your senses (taste, see, smell, hear, touch)


Have each person participate in the question.  Go as many rounds as you’d like.

 

Opening Prayer

Supplies: Candle (optional)

As a family/group- have one person read the “leader” parts, and the rest of the family/small group respond in the following call & response prayer below adapted from Psalm 136:1-9. Instruct the person leading the prayer to read the leader part and have the rest of group respond with the response “For God’s love forever!”


Leader: O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!

Leader: O give thanks to the God of gods, O give thanks to the Lord of lords

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!


Leader: Who alone does great wonders and by understanding made the heavens

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!

Leader: Who spread out the earth on the waters and made the great lights

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!


Leader: Who made the sun to rule over the day and the moon and stars to rule over the night

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!

Leader: O give thanks to the God of heaven


All:        For God’s love lasts forever!

 

Alternate Opening Prayer

Gracious God, we know that you are good and that you love endures forever! We give thanks, for we know that you are the Lord of lords, the one who does great wonders throughout heaven and earth. You are the creator of all things and for your creation, we give thanks!

Bless this time together that we might be reminded of your love for us, a love that lasts forever! Amen!

 

Opening Quiz

Supplies: A piece of Paper, writing utensil and an envelope if possible

Our curriculum that we will be talking about deals with questions that we have about God. We are going to start by answer a few questions. After we answer them we will fold them up and put them in an envelope or away somewhere. (Remember where you put it)

At the end of the week we will answer the same questions and compare them to these answers to see what we have learned over the week. 

Questions about God?

Where is God?

When in history has God shown up?

Who is God?

Why does God Love us?

What is God to you?

(Optional) What is one questions that you have about God?

 

Drawing God

Supplies: Paper and Art Supplies, Scripture from Psalm 139:1-9

We know from scripture that we are created in the image of God. Psalm 122 gives us an idea of just how well God knows each of us. This activity is designed to help show what we know about God. We are going to read a few scriptures about God. Use the paper and art supplies that you have and make a drawing of God who what you know about God. 

Take 5 minutes on your creation and then spend some time sharing it with those around you. If you don't feel comfortable showing your art work then talk about some of the things you drew. 

* For those that want to share their creation we have a forum designed for you to share your creation with other Bridgeport in a Box Campers. Through out the summer we will be showcasing these creations on our website and social media. If we share yours then we will send you a little something from our online Snack Shack. 

 

Scripture Reading

Psalm 139:1-9 (CEB)

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, 


O Lord, you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. Where can I go from your spirit?Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.


If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.

 

Discussion Questions

Ask the following questions knowing that you might get various answers or responses due to their perceived straight-forward nature. Be ready for different responses, but also look to direct the students to actually talking about where God is and how God can be everywhere all at once. Try to get more than just standard, one word Sunday School answers.

The Bible tells us that God is everywhere all the time. God is not limited by time and space. God is everywhere all of the time. God is everywhere all the time – sometimes in the Bible we read about God entering time and space: God was in the burning bush, God was in the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire, God was in the cloud that settled on the temple. But, God was everywhere else at the same time.

  • Where do you think God is? Is God only in heaven? Is God in only our heart? 

  • How can God be in all these places? Do you think you can escape God’s presence? Why or why not? 

  • What words would you use to describe God?

 

Digging Deeper Questions

Surface: 

  • What do you think Psalm 139 tells us about who God is?

  • What do you think Psalm 139 tells us about where God is?

  • What does this passage make you think about how God sees you?


Deeper: 

  • This passage talks about God knowing every bit of us. What is something that most people don’t know about you? 

  • What feelings come to mind when you read this passage?

  • Does this passage make you feel comforted? Why or why not?

  • Are there things we want to hide from God sometimes? Why do you think we do this?

Deepest: 

  • How would you explain the idea that God is everywhere all the time to someone who might not know God at all?

  • What other questions are hard to answer about God? 


* We have a forum for any questions that come up during our lessons. Feel free to use it to ask any questions that come up during any of our lessons. Our leadership team of directors will do their best to answer these questions. Click here to visit that forum. 

 

Roll the Dice
Show and Tell

Supplies: Dice or Dice Rolling app

We are going to play the same game that is found in our opening discussion and prayer. This time we are going to add a twist! 

Roll a dice- whatever number you come up the kind of item that you have to go get for a show and tell. 

  1. Pick something silly

  2. Pick something that starts with the letter B

  3. Pick something that has to do with a hobby you have

  4. Pick anything you want

  5. Pick SOMEONE (or a picture of someone) you are thankful for

  6. Pick something that appeals to your senses (taste, see, smell, hear, touch)

 

Closing Discussion

Spend some time discussing and reflecting on this lesson and then close with a prayer below.

  • After this lesson, how would you answer the question: Where is God?

  • How does it make you feel to know that God's love follows you wherever you go?

What to Remember:

We cannot escape God’s love

 

Getting Ready for Prayer

(Optional)

Given that we cannot escape God’s love:

  • Do you think God’s love is hanging from your eyelashes right now? Try to look.

  • Do you think God’s love is tinkling the bottom of your feet right now?  Try to look.

  • Do you think God’s love is snuggled between your fingers right now?  Try to look. 


While you think about these questions:  stand up, feet together, arms out as wide as possible, eyes up to the ceiling for prayer together:  

 

Closing Prayer

Invite the students to pray with you as you read the prayer below.


Holy God, we know that you are present with us everywhere and at all times. Make us aware of you and your love. Open our minds, our hearts, and our lives to know you more fully. Thank you for camp and for bringing us here to learn about you and about ourselves as your children. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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