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The Garden

Genesis 1 & 2 - Creation Narrative

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

Connect the middle school youth with the story of creation and the love of God. The middle school youth will also learn that man is the pinnacle of God’s creation.

About this night

Most people know the story of creation in Genesis and have either read it or heard it numerous times. However, the deeper meanings behind the creation stories are often missed. Genesis 1 & 2 reveal to us that God is the creator of all things and He ordered creation in a specific way. God does not simply throw things together and hope they work, but rather, He carefully places the universe in order. As creation flows, on the 6th day, God created man in His own image. We are the pinnacle of creation.

As the youth enter the night, they will design a paper-doll cutout that resembles who they are and place it inside the “Garden of Eden” to represent that they are a part of creation. The youth will be reminded that they are created by God and thus are, “very good” (Genesis 1:31). Each youth is a unique reflection of who God is (Genesis 1:27).

Parental Notice

Tonight, we took a closer look at the story of creation in Genesis 1 & 2. Through these creation accounts, we come to realize that God is our loving Creator and He created all things, not because of any need He had, but because He loves. We are a reflection of God’s love and beauty because we are made in His image and likeness. This reflection is where we should derive our self-worth, or dignity, but too often we can only see the negative things about ourselves. Our dignity can never be reduced or taken away because we are His ultimate creation. Re-read the stories of creation with your youth and discuss what it means to be made in the “image and likeness” of God.

Questions for the ride home (or throughout the week):

  • What did you learn about the Bible tonight?
  • What does it mean that you are made “in the image and likeness of God”?
  • Do you sometimes struggle to see the good things about yourself?
  • In what ways does reading the Bible help you deepen your relationship with God?

Environment

Create a “Garden of Eden.” Consider putting a “fake” tree in the middle of the room with blue paper or fabric to indicate a garden. Make the space big enough for the youth to place their cutouts in the midst of the garden.

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