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# 33rd week of our Journey - Nurturing the Jesus seed
This week’s destination: NURTURING THE JESUS SEED
This lesson in this series focuses on Nurturing the Jesus seed. God wants us to grow spiritually. We have already learnt in order to grow plants need sunlight and water. The light is like the presence of God, Jesus is our light.
• Spiritual Growth
• Jesus our light
• Being filled with the Holy Spirit

MATERIALS:
A watering can full of water, a cup, a healthy plant in a pot, break off a branch and allow it to wither and wilt before putting it in a pot. Balloons, small piece of paper with 1 Cor. 6:19 written on it. Photocopy Bible Verse Card, crayons.

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON :
Get 1 child to colour the Bible Verse Card.
Examine the Moringa plants ensure they are being watered. We are going to learn today that being watered is like being filled with the Holy Spirit.

1. WELCOME GAMES: (10 minutes)
“Jesus Says” game Kids line up facing the leader. The leader tells kids to do things (turn around, touch nose, touch elbow, quack like a duck, whatever you can think of). If the leader says “Jesus Says” before the instruction (as in “Jesus says quack like a duck”), the kids do the activity. The leader then says “Jesus says stop” If the leader does not say “Jesus Says,” then the kids should not do as instructed.

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Father, Son, Holy Spirit Sit in a circle on the floor. One child, the tapper, walks around the circle tapping a child on the head saying “Father” then another child “Son” when they tap the child they wish to select, they say/yell “Holy Spirit.” That child then has to chase the tapper around the circle, they then become the tapper.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)
The Sower sows the Seeds (Use Music sheet)
(Sung to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)
The Sower sows the seeds.
The Sower sows the seeds.
High Ho Holy Oh,
The Sower sows the seeds.

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)
One Seed (Use Music sheet)

Prayer: Dear God You wants us to grow Spiritually. We have already learnt in order to grow plants need sunlight and water. The light is Your presence, Jesus is our light. Being watered is like being filled with the Holy Spirit living & growing in us. Keep us connected to you like the vine and the branches we can do nothing without You

5. TEACHING
a. “Back Track”

Remember we learned that God is like a farmer or a gardener and we are like his garden. God wants us to grow Spiritually. In order to grow Spiritually He must plant the Jesus seed in the right type of soil. Your heart is like the soil, if your heart is full of anger, bitterness and pride it is like hard soil.
If you put little effort into your relationship with Jesus it is like rocky shallow soil. If your heart is full of worldly things it is like thorny soil. Our hearts need to be like good soft fertile soil.
Optional: Show ‘The Parable of the Sower Teaching Video

b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Corinthians 6:19.… CHARGE!
Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God (1 Corinthians 6:19)

Write the verse on a small piece of paper, roll it up and put it in a balloon. As you blow up the balloon explain how God breathed His breath, the Holy Spirit into the first man – Adam. (Let the balloon deflate) this is what happened after the fall, but once we give our lives to Jesus the Holy Spirit then lives in you. Giving you power, (keep bowing) it’s EXPLOSIVE. Quickly blow up your balloon until it burst, WOW. get a child to find the verse and read it out to the class.

c. Teach the Lesson
Introduction:
Optional
: One seed story video
God wants us to grow spiritually. In order to grow plants need sunlight and water. In order to grow spiritually we need to spend time in the presence of God and be filled with the Spirit.

The light is like the presence of God, Jesus is our light in us and you become a light to others when you talk to them about Jesus. Being watered is like being filled with the Holy Spirit. Without spending time in God's presence and being filled with the spirit we wither and die like a plant without water or sunlight, we will not produce fruit. (Hold up withered branch in a pot like a dead plant)

Object Lessons:
1. Fill the cup up with water from the watering can and empty it on a plant, but then the water gets used up and the plant needs to be watered again. God fills us with his Spirit just like I fill this cup with water. But just being filled once with His Spirit isn't enough because the water gets used up. And then we need a fresh outpouring of God's Spirit in our lives each day. If we want our Moringa plant to live we need to water it daily especially as a young plant, and it needs sunlight daily. If we want to grow Spiritually we need to spend time in God's presence.

2. (Bring out the wilted plant again) This plant I have here was neglected. It was left in the dark and deprived of water. Instead of growing and becoming a beautiful plant, it is now a dead limp, ugly plant. As Christians we need to spend time in God's presence just as this plant needed to spend time in the light. If we do not we wither and die Spiritually. We also need to have the Holy Spirit poured out in our lives just as this plant needed to have water poured out into it.

3. Give the children balloons let them blow into their balloon and talk about being FILLED with the Holy Spirit. Then tell children that if we aren't filled with the Holy Spirit, then we'll be LIFELESS and let the balloons fly around the room until they all land on the floor without the air in them!
a. Plants need light, who is the light? (Jesus)
b. Plants need water, what is water like? (Holy Spirit)

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 atmosphere.

CLOSING PRAYER
We thank you Father, for sending your Holy Spirit. Thank you for breathing life into the church and giving your Spirit to all who believe. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

TAKE HOME PAGE
Give one copy of the ‘Take Home Truth’ to each child at the end of the class.
Optional: ‘Take Home Quiz Books’ are available for the children found in your Visual Aid Manual.

NEXT WEEK
We will discover that gardens need to be weeded! Take your Moringa plant home, check for any weeds, remember to water it every other day, do not over water it. Bring it back next week so we can see how well it is growing it is soon time to plant it outside your home.

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