An Illustrated Earth: Celebrating God's Creation
An Illustrated Earth: Celebrating God's Creation is a curriculum that focuses on Bible stories that celebrate different aspects of God's creation: water, plants, food and animals. This is a very flexible curriculum and it can be used for Sunday School classes, as a component in a Vacation Bible School program, as a mid-week intergenerational program or as a curriculum for a family ministry gathering at your church.
This is a curriculum that focuses primarily around a particular biblical story for the week, and all of the components of the lessons point back to that biblical story. Our goal is to offer you a low-prep to no-prep curriculum that can easily be led by anyone in your congregation. We don’t have a list of supplies (other than photocopies if you need to make them and crayons/markers/colored pencils for coloring).
In hopes of minimizing your work load, we have intentionally designed An Illustrated Earth in such a way that it requires little background material and reading prior to presenting the lesson. What emerges is a simple but meaningful lesson focused around hearing a biblical story, reflecting on it with open questions and discussion, and a chance to create a piece of art based on the story.
Listen to what some of our customers have said about An Illustrated Earth
Simplicity is refreshing!
"Thank you so much for your curriculum, An Illustrated Earth! The simplicity of the curriculum is refreshing. It also allows us to spend less money on Sunday School supplies, since all you need is a printer, not a large trip to the craft store for pipe cleaners, google eyes and glue. An Illustrated Earth has worked great for our younger elementary classrooms, and we just tweak some of the questions for our older classrooms so they have a practical application for them as well.
"I truly hope your style and philosophy helps to calm the other curriculum makers, who seem to be all about entertaining children and pushing products. The theology of Illustrated Children's Ministry is solid, the openness to wonder about the mystery of God is there, and what better way to work out your wrestling with who God is in your life than through coloring and conversation with children. Thank you again so much for the way you’ve helped us reach our children in new ways."
Associate Pastor of Family Ministries at San Marino Community Church (San Marino, CA)
Ready to Dive into Creation Care?
"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your Illustrated Earth curriculum. I work for an interfaith earth care non-profit (Faith in Place). I reach out to houses of worship in Illinois to help them green up their facilities and educate their members about energy and climate change, sustainable food and land use, water preservation and advocacy.
"I'm also a former elementary school teacher, pastor's wife, and children's ministry volunteer. Your curriculum helps build the basic understanding in our young people that we should be stewards of creation and that this is a simple way to show love of God and neighbor.
Thank you for creating a curriculum that I can suggest to churches interested in diving into creation care. It becomes a whole-church goal when children and youth are included, not just something the adults study and then set on a shelf. So thank you for the work your team did in creating An Illustrated Earth: Celebrating God's Creation."
Outreach Support for Faith in Place, the Illinois Affiliate of Interfaith Power & Light
Scope & Sequence
The curriculum consists of three modules (which can be purchased separately). By purchasing the full curriculum, you will receive 12 lessons covering the Bible stories below. If you would like to see a sample lesson from Module 1, Week 1, you can download it here.
Module 1: Water Stories
- Week 1: Separation of the Water (Genesis 1:6-10)
- Week 2: Parting of the Sea (Exodus 14:15-31)
- Week 3: Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17)
- Week 4: Calming of the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)
Module 2: Plant & Food Stories
- Week 1: Manna & Quail (Exodus 16)
- Week 2: Feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6:31-44)
- Week 3: Rest for the Land (Leviticus 25:1-7)
- Week 4: Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-9)
Module 3: Animal Stories
- Week 1: Creation of Animals (Genesis 1:20-25)
- Week 2: Balaam and the Lord's Messenger (Numbers 22:22-35)
- Week 3: Jonah and the Big Fish (Jonah 1-4)
- Week 4: Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)
What you will receive
You can view the sample lesson here, but included in each lesson is:
- Introductory comments for the teacher
- An opening gathering activity that connects to the biblical story
- A child-friendly paraphrase of the scripture - provided also as a script if you want kids to act it out
- Illustrated Story Cards, consisting of simple line drawings that depict major elements of the biblical story, allowing children the opportunity to tell the story back to you by placing the cards in the right order
- Suggested questions for discussing and imagining together about the story
- Two coloring sheets that connect to the biblical story: a simple coloring design, and a more complex one for older children
- A closing prayer you can do with the children
Illustrated Earth Sign: We have included an Illustrated Earth Sign that you can print out (preferably on card stock or a thicker paper) and give to the children in your class on the first Sunday that you teach An Illustrated Earth. These signs are for the children and their families to take with them wherever they will be celebrating God’s creation. The sign can be personalized, and we encourage children and their families to have fun with this. They can write their own names on the sign, or your church’s name (if you want to begin a church-wide campaign).