By Rev. Doug Forbes
I love to receive greeting cards in the mail, and I enjoy sending them. At our house we have a large supply of greeting cards ready to send for almost every occasion. The problem is that we hate to throw away the beautiful cards we receive. By creating Greeting card murals, we solve the clutter problem and we can share our beautiful cards with everyone in our house of worship.
To make Greeting card murals you need: Bibles, Bible concordances, white shelf paper, copy paper, tape, scissors, used Greeting cards, tacky glue or glue sticks, and colored markers.
Instruct your students to use their Bibles and Bible concordances to find stories about God’s ability to do good things. Allow time for each child to share his or her findings.
After your students have shared, explain that God loves us and he loves to do good things for us. Some of the good things that God has done for us include: creating people, birds, animals and fish, and a beautiful world for everyone to live in. He has also provided to us families, friends, homes, schools, mountains, hills, plains, flowers, trees, oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, the sun, the moon, and the stars. He also came to earth and taught us how to live by His words and example. He even died on the cross to pay for our sins so that we could go to Heaven some day. Conclude your Bible story by reading Job 42:1 and 2. Tape a piece of shelf paper on the wall at eye level and write “The Lord can do everything.” Job 42:1 and 2.”at the bottom with a marker.
Distribute Greeting cards to your students and ask them to cut out pictures that illustrate the Lord’s ability to do good things. Your young people could choose pictures of flowers, birds, animals, butterflies, trees, children or Jesus. Once the pictures are cut out, work with your students to create a pattern and glue the pictures on the shelf paper.
Take a photograph of your finished creation and ask each student to copy the verse and reference onto a piece of paper to take home. Explain that everyone who memorizes the verse for the next class will receive a small prize.
Close in prayer, thanking God for all the good things He has done and ask Him to bless your class members and their families and continue to do good things for them.
(Hint: this activity could easily be adapted for Christmas cards.)