When we hear the word creativity we respond in a handful of ways.
Many of us get excited. We love everything to do with creativity. We can draw or paint, sing or dance, and LOVE the arts.
Others of us break out into a cold sweat thinking about that one art class we had to take in high school.
Still others of us simply ignore it. We think we’re just not creative. Never have been; never will be.
And if you look at your kids, I bet at least a few of them feel the same way. They hate being on stage, they have no rhythm, can't play an instrument, and start to flip out when they see a box of crayons. For whatever reason, they've been taught to think about creativity in terms of arts and crafts, music and dance.
But there's something about creativity that we all need to remember. We're not creative because of our talents. We're creative because that's how God made us. He designed each of us with a mind to think beyond ourselves and imagine the possibility for, well anything.
That’s why we’re taking the month of October to look at CREATIVITY: using your imagination to do something unique.
You have an opportunity throughout a child's life to spark his or her creativity and to say over and over again to every child: You have amazing potential to create because you were created in the image of an amazing Creator.
Really, creativity is simply imagination plus action. When your imagination leads you to do something good, to make a unique mark, to find a unique answer or solution, you are being creative.
Our memory verse this month is Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Above you will find a preview video for the theme and stories we will be covering this month. You can also download the monthly newsletter and follow our Facebook page for some awesome questions and activities to keep the discussion going throughout the week.
Don't forget that each week, along with the story and theme we will be covering, I will also post a GodTime devotional for that week. You can look for the link to what's coming up in Gateway Kids in The Weekly or come right back here for more information.
Every parent, every leader wants the children they influence to live their lives to the fullest. When we really believe we are made in the image of God, we believe in a new set of possibilities. When you understand the image of God that is in you, you begin to look at life from a new perspective.
You can also check out www.orangeparents.org for some great parenting resources from the authors of our curriculum!