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September 2019

You Get to be the Creator! A fun Activity on Psalm 139

By Dave Magee

It was an act of love that God created humanity and without God there would be no living beings at all. This beautiful fact means that we can experience God as we tap into the image of God within us and create things of our own. This activity will help your students do just that.

Bring this lesson an artistic flare by allowing students to get to be the creators of art just as God is the initial Creator. You can find this and all sorts of other lesson activities at the Youth Worker Collective (

SUPPLIES– watercolor painting sets for each group of students, including paint and small brushes, a piece of poster board or large sheet of butcher paper for each group

Break the students up into groups with 4-5 students apiece and give them a set of watercolor paint and brushes and a large sheet of paper. Tell them they have 10 minutes to make a creation. Don’t give any other instructions about what to paint, this is intentional!

After 10 minutes pass ask each group to briefly share and explain if necessary their creation to the rest of the group.

Now ask:

  • What was it like being asked to create something without any instructions?
  • What do you think it was like for God to create the entire world in the beginning?
  • What does it say about God that amongst all the possibilities God chose to create humanity?
Dave MaGee has served in youth ministry for two decades since graduating from Duke University Divinity School in 1999. He served as a youth minister in several churches in Texas and most recently served as the Director of Student Ministries at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.