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# 30th week of our Journey -
Parable of the Sower
week’s destination: THE SEED THAT FELL ON ROCKS.
This lesson about the Parable of the Sower will help the children
discover how truly wonderful the Word of God is, and how we must not
let fear and the temptations of this world take it away.
• Hardened Heart
Dominoes. Chalk, small rocks for hopscotch. Two smooth round rocks
for team game. A farmer’s hat, a bag of seeds, Seed Bible
Cards, crayons, heap of rocks, 1 small plant, yellow cloth to act
as the sun, 1 withered plant,1 bowl, small sponge cut into the shape
of a heart, squirty bottle. Water bottle
AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Get 6 children to colour the Seed Cards & Bible Verse Cards
Have a box of dominoes on the table. As kids arrive
have them set the dominoes up in a path. Stand the dominoes on end
vertically. Instruct the kids to place the dominoes close enough
together so that if one domino falls it will start a chain reaction.
Before the class starts tell the children that people
can be like a lot like dominoes, where one leads the rest will follow.
For example, you may want the same type of tennis shoes that your
friends have or the same type of bike. Tap the domino at the beginning
of the line and watch the dominoes fall. If some of the dominoes
don't fall, point out that these dominoes didn't give in to peer
Examine the Moringa bottle, you will probably see
nothing this first week, sometimes God is working on the inside
of us and there is not much to see on the outside but God is at
work in our lives, just like He is at work on the Moringa seed in
1. WELCOME GAMES: (10 minutes)
Hopscotch with rocks
Use chalk to draw a hopscotch pattern on the ground or use masking
tape on the floor. Create a diagram with eight sections and number
them. Each player has a marker such as a rock. They throw it into
square 1 and hop in all the other squares on return they pick up
their rock and start again this time throw into square 2. If they
miss the square or hop outside the line they are out. Another child
starts to play.
2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Make two teams separate into two groups one at each side of the
room. Select two round smooth rocks that have to be carried by each
child between his/her knees from one group to the next where it
is handed over, the first team to complete the run is the winner.
3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)
(Use Music Song Sheet)
Sow the Word (Sung to the Tune: “Row, Row, Row your boat.”
Sow, sow, sow the Word, precious seeds of Faith;
Some that fall along the path, are quickly snatched away.
Sow, sow, sow the Word, precious seeds of Truth;
Some that fall on rocky soil, won't last the whole day through.
Sow, sow, sow the Word, precious seeds of Hope;
Some that fall among the thorns, grow weak from fear and woe.
Sow, sow, sow the Word, precious seeds of Life;
Some that fall into good soil, will live a life for Christ.
4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)
The Seed Sower Song (Use Music Song Sheet, lyrics and music video)
Prayer: Heavenly Father let us be open to hearing
Your Word. Don’t let our hearts be rocky places, where Your
Word will not have much soil to take root. Let it not sprang up
quickly, let me not be enthusiastic at the start but when times
of difficulties come wilt and die because the Word is shallow. Let
me be deep into Your Word. Amen
a. “Back Track”
Last week we learnt Jesus was speaking about seeds in the parable,
the story really applies to people. Where did the seeds fall? (On
Optional: Sing ‘The Farmer plants the seeds’ (Use music
video and lyrics found in Visual Aid Manual)
b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Mathew 13: 5 – 6 … CHARGE!
“Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much
soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when
the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because
they had no root.” (Mathew 13: 5 – 6)
Encourage the children to dramatize the verses.
Props needed: a farmers hat, a bag of seeds, a heap of rocks, a
small plant, a yellow cloth to act as the sun, a withered plant.
Have the children recite the verse to memorize it. Use the Bible
Verse Card as a visual aid.
c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)
Seeds that fell on rocky places are like people that have hard hearts
and little faith in God. When life gets a little rocky, their Christian
walk quickly withers and dies.
‘Sow your Power Card.’ Get a child to
read Matthew 13: 20-21.
We need to pray to God for strength, to soften our
hearts to read the Bible to see how others withstood times of trouble.
In the end, it doesn't matter what others think of us. We should
live to please only God. Someone with a soft heart will soak up
the Word of God. On the other hand, the Word of God rolls right
off someone with a hardened heart of rock.
This hard rock (hold up rock) represents the heart of someone
with a hard heart. The water represents the Word of God. (Squirt
the rock with the squirty bottle.) When we try to explain the
Word of God to someone with a hard heart, it will not soak in. It
rolls off, they don’t want to hear, they are not interested.
This sponge rock (hold up sponge) represents someone
with a soft and open heart. (Squirt the sponge with the squirty
bottle.) When we explain the Word of God to a person with a
soft heart, he or she will soak the information in. They want to
hear more they are keen to join you in church.
The sun (wave yellow cloth) and the rain
(spray the children with water) help the Jesus seed to
Jesus becomes a light in me and I become a light
to others. When I go to church and fellowship it is like the rain
watering the Jesus seed.
1. In our story today, where did the seeds fall?
(The seeds fell on rocky places.)
2. What happened to the seed that fell on the rocky places?
(It withered, because it had no root.)
3. What does the word persecution mean? (To oppress, harass,
annoy or bother.)
4. What are some ways that we may be persecuted or have trouble
because we are Christians? (Some people may make fun of us,
call us names.)
5. How can we help our faith withstand trouble and persecution?
(Pray to God for strength, read the Bible to see how others withstood
times of trouble.)
6. Should we care more about men or God? (God. In the end, it
doesn't matter what others think of us. We should live to please only
Extracts taken from www.kidssundayschool.com
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 a Spiritual
(Give each child a small rock to hold)
Some people hear the Good News about Jesus and happily
accept it. As soon as someone laughs at them or makes fun of their
faith, they deny everything Jesus stands for. If things get tough,
they give up. When trouble comes, they quickly abandon their relationship
with Jesus. They worry more about men than they do about God. Their
hearts become hard, like the rocky places some of the Sower's seeds
Let’s spend some time holding our rock and
asking God to soften our hearts and be open to hear from Him.
Our Heavenly Father we thank you for helping us to understand the
Sowers Parable. Help us to look at the birds of the air; they do
not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet you Father feeds
them. We know we are much more valuable than the birds.
TAKE HOME PAGE:
Give one copy of the ‘Take Home Truth’ to each child
at the end of the class. Take home their Moringa bottle, continue
to water it a little each day.
Optional: ‘Take Home Quiz Books’ are available for the
children found in your Visual Aid Manual. These should be photocopied
prior to the Session and available to take home.
Come back next week to hear about the war of the plants! Water your
Moringa at home and bring it back next week. Let’s see who’s
Moringa has grown the most. I can hardly wait to see.
view Session #31.