MEANS OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH – FELLOWSHIP
MATERIALS: Cut paper into strips, glue or tape,
markers. Photocopy all Bible Verse Visual Aids for colouring. Photocopy
Sword Play Tracks
AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Welcome Teacher/Trainers, Trainers and students. Get the children
to colour all the Bible Verse Visual Aids.
1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
Fellowship game: One person stands in the front and says one fact
about themselves eg I like ice cream, I go to church, I have a dog,
I like blue, etc Anyone that also shares that favourite thing stand
up and yells ‘That’s me!’ This is great fun and
kids love to know others are similar to them.
2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Friendship chain: The group is divided into two teams boys and girls.
Provide then with strips of paper 8” wide enough for each
child and pencils each team member writes what they think is the
most important quality of a friend and they are linked to make a
Friendship chain. At the end of class these can be read out by the
3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)
The more we get together (Use music video and lyrics from Visual
4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)
I am a friend of God (See music song sheet)
Prayer: Heavenly Father you are faithful, you
have called us into fellowship with your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us not be yoked together with unbelievers because we are taught
that righteousness and wickedness have nothing in common. So let
us walk in the light, as You are the light, so we may have fellowship
with one another, and the blood of Jesus, your Son, purifies us
from all sin. Amen
a) “Back Track”
Sing: Mighty is your love for me (See music video and lyrics in
the Visual Aid Manual)
b) Sword Play (Wave the Power Sword)
Ready…Swords up… 1 John 1:7a … CHARGE!
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship with one another, (1 John 1:7a)
(Give out the Sword Play Tracks one for each child)
c) Teaching the Lesson - Five Means to Spiritual Growth:
Fellowship: (Friendship with other Christians)
How does our friendship with other Christians help us to grow?
When we are with other Christian friends, we can pray for each other
and help and encourage each other. In this way we can help each
other to love Jesus and live for Him.
God desires that ongoing and open fellowship exist between him
and his children. When we diminish the importance of unity in the
body of Christ, we risk being invaded by the enemy. God has called
us to divine fellowship. That fellowship is one of the most powerful
tools of witness to a lost and dying world.
It takes effort to get a long and be in agreement with other brothers
and sisters in Christ to be in fellowship. It is definitely a lesson
in love. It takes humility, patience and endurance but we are to
be eager to guard and keep this harmony and oneness into which we
were called. Unity is produced by the spirit of God and it has the
power to bind us together in peace. We were called to one hope and
as such we have more in common with each other than not, so we should
recognize this and strive to live in harmony
Do you enjoy working jigsaw puzzles? Jigsaw puzzles can be a lot
of fun. (Open the box to reveal the pieces of the puzzle.)
Wow! Look at all the pieces of this puzzle. The pieces of this puzzle
are in many different sizes, shapes, colors. If you look at one
piece of this puzzle, you don't get very much of the picture, do
you? No, the pieces are not very important by themselves, but when
they are all joined together and become one, they show the total
This jigsaw puzzle can teach us an important lesson about the church.
The church is made up of many individual members. Like the pieces
of this puzzle, the members of a church come in different sizes,
shapes, and colors. Jesus himself prayed that the church would be
one so that the world would see God's love in us. You and I are
part of the picture. Jesus wants us to love one another, help one
another, and serve one another. When we do that, we become one,
just as Jesus prayed we would be, and when we are one, the world
can see God's love in us.
Unfortunately, just as it is sometimes difficult to put all of
the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together, the individual members of
the church sometimes have a hard time being one with each other.
We may hear people in the church saying things like "I
don't like the songs we sing" or "The preacher
preaches too long." When we say things like that and concentrate
on our own likes and dislikes, we are no longer being one. We are
like the individual pieces of the puzzle. The world cannot see God's
love in us. They don't get the whole picture.
If you ever find yourself thinking about yourself, rather than
being united with others in the church, remember that Jesus prayed
that we would be one. When we are one, bound together by Christ's
love, the world will see God's love through us.
Extracts from http://www.sermons4kids.com/we_are_one.htm
When we avoid, criticize, or argue with each other, we hurt Jesus
as well as ourselves. But when we rely on the power of His Spirit
working through us, we can achieve the unity He desires.
6. APPLICATION/ENCOUNTERING GOD: Refer to our
Encountering God Handbook for ideas for this important section of
the session. Experience the Holy Spirit Learning Centers creating
an atmosphere for this experience.
CLOSING PRAYER: Today, I pray that you make every
effort to live in unity with other believers. May the spirit of
God grant you the love and patience required to live in singleness
of mind so that the power of God will be evident in your lives and
through it bring glory to you Father.