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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.