Welcome

Getting Ready to Worship

Introduction to the Unit

Gathering Song

Getting Ready for Bible Storytelling

Interactive

Storytelling

Saying Sorry to God

Saying Sorry Action

God Gives us a New Start

Prayers for Other People

Prayer Action

Thank You God

Creative Response

Sharing God's Peace

Taking God's Love

Into the World

 

Gathering song: Option 1

➜Song: ‘It's raining, it's raining!’ © Sharon Moughtin-Mumby

➜Tune: ‘A-tiskit, A-tasket’ (traditional).

Our world can have lots of different weather!

Who can tell us what the weather is like today?

Invite a child to respond.

If you’re using imaginative aids, ask two or three children to give them out at this point. Then invite the children to warm up their imaginations by exploring actions for different kinds of weather: rainy, snowy, windy, sunny, cloudy, rainbows, chilly, stormy (thunder and lightning), etc.

Introduce each verse of the song by inviting the children to show the kind of weather mentioned with their imaginative aids or their bodies, as exemplified below.

Let’s start off by imagining it’s raining outside!

Can you show me rain?

Let’s sing ‘It’s raining, it’s raining’.

Continue with the action as you sing:

It’s raining, it’s raining!

Outside it is raining!

God the Maker made the world.

Thank you, God the Maker!

Now let’s imagine it’s sunny outside!

Can you show me sunny?

Continue with the action as you sing:

It’s sunny, it’s sunny!

Outside it is sunny!

God the Maker made the world.

Thank you, God the Maker!

Look! I can see a rainbow!

Can you show me a rainbow?

These actions will become the ‘rainbow action’ for the song.

Let’s sing ‘a rainbow, a rainbow!

Outside there’s a rainbow!’

Continue with the action as you sing:

A rainbow, a rainbow!

Outside there’s a rainbow!

God the Maker made the world.

Thank you, God the Maker!

Oh my goodness, now there’s thunder!

Can you show me thunder with your feet?

And lightning! Can you show me lightning?

It’s stormy!

Continue with the action as you sing:

It’s stormy, it’s stormy!

Outside it is stormy!

God the Maker made the world.

Thank you, God the Maker!

Wow! Now there’s snow,

Soft, beautiful snow, falling all around.

Can you show me snow?

Continue with the action as you sing:

It’s snowing, it’s snowing!

Outside it is snowing!

God the Maker made the world.

Thank you, God the Maker!

 

And now listen. Put your hand over your ear.

Lead the children in blowing to imitate wind.

Can you hear that?

Lead the children in blowing louder and louder.

It’s windy outside! Can you show me wind?

Continue with the action as you sing:

It’s windy, it’s windy!

Outside it is windy!

God the Maker made the world.

Thank you, God the Maker!

Yawn. Who’s feeling tired after all that weather?

Let’s sit back in our place and go to sleep . . .

Lead the children in being sleepy.

Look! Point up. Outside the stars are twinkling. Twinkle hands

Can you show me the twinkling stars?

Lead the children in twinkling with hands as you sing sleepily.

It’s starry, it’s starry,

outside it is starry.

God the Maker made the world.

Thank you, God the Maker!

End by falling asleep quietly and peacefully.

Gathering song: Option 2

➜Song: ‘God the Maker made the world!’. Words © Sharon Moughtin-Mumby

➜Tune: ‘Aiken Drum’ (traditional).

Our world can have lots of different weather!

Who can tell us what the weather is like today?

Invite a child to respond.

If you’re using imaginative aids, ask two or three children to give them out at this point. Then invite the children to warm up their imaginations by exploring actions for different kinds of weather: rainy, snowy, windy, sunny, cloudy, rainbows, chilly, stormy (thunder and lightning), etc.

God the Maker made the weather!

Let’s thank God for every kind of weather

with our God the Maker song.

Who can show us an action for ‘beautiful’?

Choose one of the actions and imitate it.

And ‘thank you God the Maker’?

Choose one of the actions and imitate it.

We’re ready to sing our song!

Lead the group in singing the song with the actions.

God the Maker made the world, Circle or other action

so beautiful! So beautiful! ‘Beautiful’ action

God the Maker made the world, Circle or other action

thank you, God the Maker! ‘Thank you’ action

Introduce each verse by inviting the children to show the kind of weather mentioned with their imaginative aids, or with their bodies as exemplified below. You may like to find your own order and introductions.

For instance:

Let’s start off by imagining it’s raining outside!

Can you show me rain?

Continue with the action as you sing:

And today it’s raining! Children’s rain action

It’s raining! It’s raining!

And today it’s raining!

Thank you, God the Maker! Thank you action

You can either repeat the God the Maker refrain each time as indicated below, or you could move through the different weather verses without the refrain. At St Peter’s we tend to sing the refrain after each of the first two verses, then to sing a few weather verses in a row without the refrain. We sing the refrain to end the song.

Example

God the Maker made the world, Circle or other action

so beautiful! So beautiful! Beautiful action

God the Maker made the world, Circle or other action

thank you, God the Maker! Thank you action

Now listen. Hand over your ear.

Lead the children in blowing to imitate wind.

 

Can you hear that?

Lead the children in blowing louder and louder.

It’s windy outside! Can you show me wind?

Continue with the action as you sing:

And today it’s windy!

It’s windy, it’s windy!

And today it’s windy!

Thank you, God the Maker! Thank you action

Refrain

Now let’s imagine it’s sunny outside!

Can you show me sunny?

Continue with the action as you sing:

And today it’s sunny!

It’s sunny, it’s sunny!

And today it’s sunny!

Thank you, God the Maker! Thank you action

Refrain (if you choose).

Look! Now there’s snow,

Soft, beautiful snow, falling all around.

Can you show me snow?

Continue with the action as you sing:

And today it’s snowing!

It’s snowing! It’s snowing!

And today it’s snowing!

Thank you, God the Maker! Thank you action

Refrain (if you choose).

Oh my goodness, now there’s thunder!

Can you show me thunder with your feet?

And lightning! Can you show me lightning?

It’s stormy!

Continue with the action as you sing:

And today it’s stormy!

It’s stormy! It’s stormy!

And today it’s stormy!

Thank you, God the Maker! Thank you action

Refrain (if you choose).

Listen! The thunderstorm’s stopped!

Look! Point. I can see a rainbow!

Can you show me a rainbow?

Let’s sing ‘today, there’s a rainbow!’

 

Continue with the action as you sing:

And today there’s a rainbow!

A rainbow! a rainbow!

And today there’s a rainbow!

Thank you, God the Maker! Thank you action

Refrain (if you choose).

 

 

 

Last of all, what did we say the weather was like today?

Can anyone tell me?

Can you show me rain ?

Let’s sing one more time.

Let’s thank God the Maker for our weather today.

Continue with the action as you sing:

And today it’s __________!

It’s _____! It’s_____!

And today it’s _____!

Thank you, God the Maker! Thank you action

God the Maker made the world. Circle or other action

So beautiful! So beautiful! Beautiful action

God the Maker made the world. Circle or other action

Thank you, God the Maker! Thank you action

Gathering Song

➜ Guide: p.7

It's raining!

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