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Session 12 - THE FINAL DESTINATION!

This week’s destination: THE FINAL DESTINATION!
This is the end of a 12 week programme and we are going to summarize the entire study.

MATERIALS:
Photocopy the Bible Verse Card and visual aids. Sowers Parable review flier. Fruit review cards, crayons. Moringa seeds. 2 Moringa pods. Yellow cloth to represent the sun. Moringa leaves.

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Get the children to colour the Bible Verse Card & props.

1. WELCOME GAMES: (10 minutes)
Get the children to come up and take turns playing the guessing game using seeds. (How many seeds have I got in my left hand etc)

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Split into two teams and use a Moringa pods as a relay sticks.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)

Optional: View ‘This is the way we plant our seeds’

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)

Optional: View ‘Bringing in the sheaves’

5. TEACHING
a. “Back Track” Review

Twenty weeks ago we started this series about Moringa whose leaves have the potential to save the lives of millions of people. This series began by educating the children on Moringa, recognized as the ‘Miracle Tree’ called ‘Mothers Friend” and “Mother’s Milk.”

We introduced you to ‘Molly the Moringa Seed’

Optional: View ‘ABC’s of Salvation’ video

Optional: View ‘God’s story of Redemption’ video

NURTURING THE JESUS SEED:
Remember the Parable of the Sower? (Use the Sowers Parable review flier) ‘Sower’ is another name for farmer. Who created the earth? (God the Father is the Gardener)

Remember He plants the Jesus seed in us by the Holy Spirit. So although Jesus was speaking about seeds in the parable, the story really applies to people. Where did the first seed land? (On the path) Jesus knew the importance of the condition of our hearts. “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.”

In the Parable of the Sower the 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.

Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Mathew 13: 7

Optional: View ‘Review of the Sowers Parable’ teaching video (In Music Folder)

There are many things in this world that compete for our time. We need to remove, like thorns, the things in our lives that hinders our relationship with God. We need to keep God first in our lives.

In the final lesson of the Sower’s series we learnt about the seed that fell on good soil. It grew very well, in fact it grew so well that it produced more seed. These seeds also grew to be strong plants.

Then we learnt about planting the Jesus seed. God wants us to grow Spiritually. In order to grow, plants need sunlight and water.

The light is like the presence of God, Jesus is our light. Being watered is like being filled with the Holy Spirit living & growing in you

Then we learnt that gardens need to be weeded. Remember you weeded the Moringa, We need to weed the sin out of our lives regularly.

Discussion Questions:
1. What are weeds like? (Sin)
2. What is sin? (Sin is anything we think, say, do or don’t do that displeases God.)
3. What tool will remove sin? (Jesus.)

Plants also need to be protected just like we need to ‘guard your heart’. Proverbs 4:23 and ‘Set a guard over my mouth’ Psalm 141:3a

In order to grow, plants sometimes need to be pruned. In order for Christians to grow sometimes God has to prune our lives. God shapes us and creates us to be what He wants us to be. Sometimes that is a bit uncomfortable, but He does it for our good in the end. Can you remember this memory verse (Romans 8:28)

As your Moringa grows it will start to produce fruit or pods. Christians need to "grow" the fruit of the spirit in their lives. Galatians 5: 22 - 23

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT:
Love: We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, soul and mind.

Joy: There is a difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is based upon “happenings,” meaning if good things happen, you’re happy, but if bad things happen we are unhappy. Not so with joy

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

Longsuffering is patients, not whining or complaining.

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. You all know what He says not to do.

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

Self-control is managing your wants and emotions. Be careful how you act, what you say.

Optional: View ‘Fruit of the Spirit Marching’ music video, use the music sheet and lyrics visual aids (In Music Folder)

Finally we have reached the stage of HARVEST TIME!

The harvest Jesus was talking about here in the Bible was not Moringa. 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.

Last week we learnt 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!

Optional: View ‘Ready to Go’ music video and lyrics visual aids (In Music Folder)

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD
Let us take time to thank God for all that He has taught us over the months about His character and the character He wants to build in our lives.

CLOSING PRAYER
Heavenly Father, 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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