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Session 11- Harvest Time

This week’s destination:
MORINGA HARVEST

This week so we are going to lean about harvest, leading up to the Moringa harvest.

MATERIALS:
Photocopy the Bible Verse Card, Fruit of the Spirit review cards, crayons. Work clothes; gloves, hat, shirt, and boots. Moringa seed or plant, Mango, Banana.

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON
Get the children to colour the Bible Verse Card and Fruit of the Spirit review cards prior to the lesson.

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
Treasure in a Haystack

Fill cardboard boxes with hay or straw. Bury a few treasures in each “haystack.” Coins, wrapped candy, bananas, peanuts etc get the children to try and find the treasures buried in the haystacks.

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Jump Rope Relay

Divide the children into two teams put children into a line size order smallest children first and fill in the bigger children behind them to make the teams even.
Give first child from each team a jump rope.
Children jump rope to turning point and back.
When they return to start they hand jump rope to their teammate and sit at the back of the line.

First team with all members sitting wins.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)

Optional: View ‘It’s time to Harvest Moringa’
Use Music sheet, play instrumental and use lyrical visual aids

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)

Optional: View ‘Lord of the Harvest’ music video
Use Music sheet, and lyrical visual aids

5. TEACHING
a. “Back Track” Review (5 minutes)
Love:
We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, soul and mind. (Give examples)

Joy There is a difference between joy and happiness. (Explain the difference)

Peace is being content with what God has given us. Be happy with what you have. (Share)

Longsuffering is patients, not whining or complaining. (Share testimony for all the below)

Kindness is giving and helpful. Saying something nice to someone that you see is feeling down?

Goodness means caring and understanding. Do a little something extra to help out at home.

Faithfulness means to be true to God. You all know right from wrong. You all know what God expects.

Gentleness is being tender and calm. Again, being kind to your family, friends and your pets.

Self-control is managing your wants and emotions. Oh, this is a hard one!

Optional: View ‘The Fruit of the Spirit Review Teaching’ video

b. Learn a Bible Verse (5minutes)
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Luke 10:2

c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)

[Dress up in work clothes; gloves, hat, shirt, and boots.] In our Bible reading today, Jesus sent out people to bring in the harvest. Do any of you know what a harvest is? Harvest is the time when plants, fruits, vegetables and grains are ready to be picked and brought in, when your Moringa tree gets around 7 feet you can harvest it and cut it down to just around 1 foot off the ground. Remember we learnt about pruning, the more your pinch back the branches, the bushier and better they become.

The harvest Jesus was talking about here in the Bible was not Moringa, Mangos or Bananas. (Hold up objects) He was sending out workers to bring people into the Kingdom of God. He said that there were many souls who were ready to be harvested, but there were not enough workers. One reason it was hard to find workers was that it was very difficult work. Jesus warned that the workers in His Kingdom would often be treated very unkindly.

Jesus said that there are many people out there who need to be helped, who need to be cared for, who need to be taught about God’s love.

We don’t need these things (gardening props) to care for the harvest Jesus talks about, but sometimes we do need to get our hands dirty to really serve and care for others.

Jesus is still looking for people who will work for him and bring people into his kingdom. That is what the church is supposed to do. It won't always be easy. In fact, it will be hard.

A farmer usually doesn’t buy a field with a ready grown harvest.

Our Moringa harvest began when we planted the Moringa seed in the water bottles many months ago. But our work didn’t stop there. NO.

We had to:
• Water it.
• Cultivate it.
• Weed it.
• Plant it.
• Guard it against bugs, goats etc
• We had to give it a lot of attention to make it produce so we can go out & gather in the harvest!

How do I nurture the Jesus seed that has been planted in my heart?
• By cultivating your relationship with Jesus Christ.
• By praying
• By reading and memorizing His Word the Bible
• By worshipping Him
• By fellowshipping with other believers

In between the seed-planting & the harvesting a divine process had been going on.

GOD HAD BEEN GROWING THE SEED!

The important thing to notice about farmers is that they have to be willing to wait for the seed to come into full growth!

That is how you make it through the growing season, REFUSE TO GIVE UP UNTIL YOU RECEIVE YOUR HARVEST!

They had to have faith in what they had planted & believe it would produce the harvest.

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD
Let the children come and quietly ask God how He can use them to be labourers to reap the harvest in their schools, homes and playground.

CLOSING PRAYER:
Lord of the Harvest, we know that Your harvest field is ripe for the picking. We long to see Your Kingdom come on this earth and to do everything we can to obey Your commission to go into all the world. We know that the workers are few so we ask you Lord to release workers to go into the Mission field. We thank you God that you created fruit trees for our health and healing You created light to enable trees to grow. You created us in your image to reflect Your love and glory. You are awesome and we worship you. Amen.

TAKE HOME PAGE
Give one ‘Take Home Truth’ and Activity Booklet one for each child at the end of class.

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SOWING THE JESUS SEED

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HEALING the HURTING HEART

 
 
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