Deep Blue September Family Devotional the earth (genesis : 1-19): september 6–12 september story sunday: Read the following story together as a family



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Deep Blue

September

Family Devotional
THE EARTH (GENESIS 1:1-19): SEPTEMBER 6–12

SEPTEMBER 6 STORY SUNDAY:

Read the following story together as a family.

In the beginning, there was nothing, but God was there. God

spoke, “Let there be light,” and light shined in the darkness.

God separated light from dark. God called light Day, and

dark Night. God saw that they were good. God said, “Let

there be sky,” and a beautiful sky appeared. God saw that

the sky was good. God said, “Let there be water and dry

land.” God saw that the seas and the earth were good. God

said, “Let there be plants and trees.” God saw that the

plants and trees were good. God said, “Let there be a sun

and a moon, and stars.” God placed the sun in the day sky,

and the moon and stars in the night sky. God saw that the

sun, the moon, and the stars were good.

PRAY: Dear God, thank you for creating our world. Help us to

care for it the way you care for us. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 7 MOVEMENT MONDAY:

Light-in-the-Darkness Tag

Supplies: flashlights

• Everyone gets a flashlight. Turn the lights off in the

house or go outside.

• Choose someone to be it and to turn on his or her

flashlight. This person will tag someone by shining his or

her flashlight at someone else.

• The tagged person is now it. The original tagger will shut

off his or her flashlight, and the new tagger will turn on

his or her flashlight and tag another.

• Keep playing until everyone has been it, or until everyone

is tired.



PRAY: Creator, thank you for the light and for the dark. Help

us to seek you in the times of light and dark. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 8 CREATE TOGETHER

TUESDAY: Painting With Creation

Supplies: construction paper; a few colors of paint; plates;

flower, stick, or something else from nature to paint with

• As a family go on a nature walk through your

neighborhood. Everyone will need to find something to

paint with while they are walking.

• Once you are home, give everyone a piece of paper and

paints on the plates. Encourage everyone to paint a

picture of God’s world using his or her nature item.

PRAY: God of the universe, thank you for the beauty we see

all around us. Your creations are incredible! Amen.



SEPTEMBER 9 WONDER WEDNESDAY

ASK: What existed in the very beginning? (nothing but God)

What did God say about all that was created? (It’s good!)

What is your favorite creation? (Let everyone answer.) God

is so awesomely creative!



PRAY: Wonderful God, thank you for the world you created.

Help us to create solutions for a better world. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 10 THURSDAY LAB: Leaf Prints

Supplies: fallen leaves in different shapes and sizes, white

printer paper, crayons with papers removed, table

• Take a walk outside and invite everyone to choose a few

fallen leaves to make their pictures, then return home.

• Encourage each person to lay the leaves on the table in

front of his or her seat. Invite each person to lay a sheet

of white paper over the leaves.

• Invite everyone to turn their crayons (with papers

removed) on their sides and color over the leaves on the

white paper. The leaf shapes will appear on the white paper.

• Encourage everyone to outline his or her leaf prints with

crayons.

PRAY: Dear God, thank you for trees, water, grass, shrubs,

flowers, sand, dirt, lakes, and oceans! Amen.



SEPTEMBER 11 FAMILY FRIDAY

• Watch this week’s Deep Blue Bible Adventures video in

your Deep Blue App.

• Sing this month’s song. Watch the music video in your App.



PRAY: God, thank you for time together as a family to learn

more about you and our world. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 12 SERVING SATURDAY:

Caring for the Earth

Supplies: trash bags, work gloves or latex gloves, hand

sanitizer, picnic

• Together as a family choose an area park to clean up.

• Encourage everyone to gather as much trash as they can.

Throw away or recycle the things your family gathers.

• Wash hands and share a picnic at the newly cleaned park.

SAY: We are supposed to do our best to care for the water,

the land, the plants, and all of the animals. How can you help

God’s creations? (Give the children time to answer.)

PRAY: God of love, thank you for creating us to be helpers to

each other and of the earth. Amen.

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Permission is granted to duplicate this page for local church use only. c 2015 Abingdon Press.



LIVING THINGS (GENESIS 1:20-25): SEPTEMBER 13–19

SEPTEMBER 13 STORY SUNDAY:

Read the following story together as a family.

After God created light, day, night, sky, earth, seas, and

plant life of every kind, God saw that it was good. God

spoke, “Let the waters swarm with living things, and let

birds fly above the earth.” The waters filled with all kinds of

sea animals and the sky filled with all kinds of birds. God

saw how good it all was. Then God blessed the animals,

telling them to reproduce and fill the seas and the sky.

Then God said, “Let the earth produce all living things—

wildlife of all kind, all of the livestock animals, and all of the

crawling animals.” God saw that it was good.

PRAY: Dear God, thank you for creating our world. Help us to

care for it the way you care for us. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 14 MOVEMENT MONDAY:

Sleeping Animals

• Invite everyone to lay down and pretend to fall asleep.

Snoring noises are encouraged.

• Ask someone to choose an animal. Everyone will “wake

up” and pretend to be that animal.

After a minute, encourage everyone to “fall back to

sleep.”

• Choose another person to pick an animal. Keep playing



until everyone has picked, or until everyone is tired.

PRAY: Creator, thank you for all of the animals. Help us to

care for them as you do. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 15 CREATE TOGETHER

TUESDAY: Paper Plate Fish

Supplies: paper plates, a few colors of paint, paintbrushes,

scissors, glue, wiggle eyes

• Give each person two paper plates. Cut fins from one of

the paper plates, then glue the fins to the second paper

plate.


• Invite everyone to paint their fish however they’d like.

• Encourage everyone to glue a wiggle eye to his or her

fish.

PRAY: God of the universe, thank you for the beauty we see

all around us. Your creations are incredible! Amen.



SEPTEMBER 16 WONDER WEDNESDAY

ASK: What existed in the very beginning? (nothing but God)

God spoke, and everything was created. What did God create

in this week’s story? (sea animals, birds, land animals) What

did God say about all that was created? (It’s good!) What

is your favorite animal? How can we care for that animal

better? (Let everyone answer.)



PRAY: Wonderful God, thank you for giving us the ability

to wonder about the world you created. Help us to use our

minds to create solutions for a better world. Amen.

SEPTEMBER 17 THURSDAY LAB:

Feed the Birds

Supplies: birdseed

• Take a walk outside and invite everyone to take a handful

of seeds.

• Encourage each person to scatter the seeds around the

yard.


PRAY: Dear God, thank you for birds and seeds! Thank you

for the earth! Help us to understand it so we can better care

for it. Amen.

SEPTEMBER 18 FAMILY FRIDAY

• Watch this week’s Deep Blue Bible Adventures video in

your Deep Blue App.

• Sing this month’s song. Watch the music video in your

App.

ASK: What did Asia, Edgar, and Kat learn today?

PRAY: God, thank you for time together as a family to learn

more about you and our world. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 19 SERVING SATURDAY:

Help a Humane Shelter

• Contact a local animal shelter and ask how your family

could help.

• Choose a date to go together either to buy things the

shelter needs, or to care for the animals.

SAY: We are supposed to do our best to care for all of

the animals. How can you help God’s creations? (Give the

children time to answer.)

PRAY: God of love, thank you for creating us to be helpers to

each other and of the earth. Amen.



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Permission is granted to duplicate this page for local church use only. c 2015 Abingdon Press.



IN GOD’S IMAGE (GENESIS 1:26–2:4): SEPTEMBER 20–26

SEPTEMBER 20 STORY SUNDAY:

Read the following story together as a family.

God had created light, day, night, sky, earth, seas, plant life

of every kind, sea creatures, birds of the air, and all of the

land animals, but God was not finished with Creation. God

spoke again, “Let’s make humanity in our image. They will

care for the fish, the birds, the animals, and all of the earth.”

God created the humans and blessed them, saying, “Take

care of each other, and take care of all the earth.” God saw

everything that had been made and it was supremely good.

Everything had been created, so God rested. God blessed

this day of rest and made it holy.



PRAY: Dear God, thank you for creating us in your image.

Help us to care for it the way you care for us. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 21 MOVEMENT MONDAY:

Simon Says

• Invite everyone to play. Choose someone to be “Simon.”

Invite Simon to get everyone moving their bodies. Some

suggested movements are: touch your toes, wiggle your

fingers, nod your head, do the wave, touch the sky. Be

creative as you explore the ways your bodies move.

• Keep playing until everyone has been it, or until everyone

is tired.



SAY: God created humans in the image of God. What do you

think that means? (Let everyone answer.)



PRAY: Creator, thank you for creating us. Help us care for our

bodies. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 22 CREATE TOGETHER

TUESDAY: Self-portrait Collage

Supplies: construction paper, recycled magazines, scissors,

glue

• Encourage everyone to look through the magazines and



cut out things they enjoy doing, seeing, playing, and so on.

• Invite everyone to take a piece of construction paper.

Encourage everyone to glue the things they cut out onto

their papers. Hang the collages on your fridge.



PRAY: God of the universe, thank you for creating each of us

to be unique! Amen.



SEPTEMBER 23 WONDER WEDNESDAY

ASK: What existed in the very beginning? (nothing but God)

God spoke, and everything was created. What did God create

in this week’s story? (humanity) What did God say about all

that was created? (It’s supremely good!) When God created

humanity, God blessed them and asked them to care for the

earth. How can we better care for the earth? (Let everyone



answer.) We are all asked to care for all of the earth.

PRAY: Wonderful God, thank you for asking us to care about

the world you created. Help us to use our minds to create

solutions for a better world. Amen.

SEPTEMBER 24 THURSDAY LAB: Fingerprints

Supplies: stamp pads, paper, magnifying glass

• Invite everyone to use a stamp pad to stamp his or her

fingerprints onto a piece of paper.

• Using a magnifying glass, encourage everyone to explore

the patterns of everyone’s fingerprints.



SAY: Are the fingerprints the same? God created each of us

with some of the same things—hearts, lungs, brains—but

we are not exactly the same. How would the world be if each

of us was exactly the same? Even the tiniest details show us

that we are each created specially. What do you think that

means about God?



PRAY: Dear God, thank you for all people! Help us to

understand each other’s differences. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 25 FAMILY FRIDAY

• Watch this week’s Deep Blue Bible Adventures video in

your Deep Blue App.

• Sing this month’s song. Watch the music video in your App.



ASK: What did Asia, Edgar, and Kat learn today?

PRAY: God, thank you for time together as a family to learn

more about you and our world. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 26 SERVING SATURDAY:

Caring for Humanity

Supplies: frozen cookie dough, oven, baking sheet

• Together as a family, think of a neighbor who could use

some cheering up.

• Encourage everyone to work together to bake cookies

for that neighbor.

• Deliver the cookies to your neighbor and say a prayer for

them.


SAY: We are supposed to do our best to care for all of the

earth, including other humans. How can we continue to help

our neighbors? (Give the children time to answer.)

PRAY: God of love, thank you for creating us to be helpers to

each other and of the earth. Amen.

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Permission is granted to duplicate this page for local church use only. c 2015 Abingdon Press.



ADAM AND EVE (GENESIS 2:10–3:24): SEPTEMBER 27–OCTOBER 3

SEPTEMBER 27 STORY SUNDAY:

Read the following story together as a family.

God placed Adam in the garden of Eden to take care of it.

God told Adam to eat from any of the trees, except the

tree of good and evil because if he ate from it, he would

die. God didn’t want Adam to be alone, so God created all

of the animals. God brought each animal to Adam to name,

but none of the animals was the perfect friend for Adam.

So God put Adam into a deep sleep and took one of Adam’s

ribs. From the rib, God created a woman. Adam was glad

that the woman, Eve, was like him. The smartest animal

God made was the snake. The snake tempted Eve with the

fruit from the forbidden tree. The snake told Eve that she

could eat from the tree and she would not die. She took a

bite and gave it to Adam to take a bite. They were ashamed

and hid from each other and from God. God was unhappy

they had disobeyed. God told Adam and Eve, “Because you

have made these choices, you will have to leave the garden.”

Even though they had disobeyed God, God continued to

take care of Adam and Eve.

PRAY: Dear God, sometimes we mess up. Thank you for

loving us anyway. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 28 MOVEMENT MONDAY:

Act It Out

• Choose someone to be each of the characters in the

Bible story. You will need an Adam, Eve, snake, and God.

Invite everyone to act out the story.



ASK: Adam and Eve did not make good choices. What could

they have done differently? (Let everyone answer.)



PRAY: Creator, making choices can be hard. Help us to think

them through and make the best ones we can. Amen.



SEPTEMBER 29 CREATE TOGETHER

TUESDAY: Good Choices

Supplies: markers, craft sticks, jar



SAY: When we are bored or have lots of time, it’s easier to

make bad choices. Together we are going to think of goodchoice

activities we can do when we have extra time or are

bored.


• Encourage everyone to think about what activities

can be done when your family has extra time. Some

suggestions are: reading, cleaning your room, helping a

sibling, drawing a picture, and playing a card game. What

else can you think of?

• Invite everyone to write his or her ideas onto craft sticks.

• Encourage everyone to place the craft sticks into the jar

and place the jar where everyone can get to it.



PRAY: God of the universe, help us make good choices! Amen.

SEPTEMBER 30 WONDER WEDNESDAY

ASK: The snake tempted Adam and Eve with fruit that God

told them not to eat. Plus, this fruit was very special; it

would make them see clearly like God. But when they ate

it, they were ashamed of what they saw and hid from God.

Have you ever felt ashamed? What did you do? We each have

choices to make—some big, some small, some easy, and

some hard. The great thing is that God will always be with

each of us through it.



PRAY: Wonderful God, be with us as we make choices. Help

us know what is best. Amen.

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