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Session 11 HARVESTING FRUIT

This week’s destination:
HARVESTING FRUIT

This week so we are going to lean that God expects us to be fruit-bearing Christians

MATERIALS:
Paper, pencils, crayons for Game 1. Print the Super Fruits flash cards X 2 for the Team Game, hide prior to class. Photocopy the Bible Verse Card, Fruit of the Spirit review cards, crayons. Selection of Super Fruits in season eg Mangoes, Pomegranate, Guava , Papaya, Bananas etc

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. The teacher then hides the Fruit cards for Game 2.

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
FRUIT BEARING CHRISTIANS:
Divide the children into pairs. Give each pair a piece of paper that they can try to draw a person (looking at each other for ideas of hair, face, clothes, etc) and cut the outline of the "person". Have the children write on their drawn person, "FRUIT BEARING CHRISTIAN" and write words that represent bearing fruit, such as, WORSHIPS REGULARLY, READS GOD'S WORD, PRAYS, SHARES JESUS WITH OTHERS, LOVING, JOYFUL, ETC. Tape the drawn people to the classroom wall.

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
FRUIT TREE RELAY:
The teacher will draw different kinds of fruit on construction paper and cut it out before class begins. Be sure there is one of each type of fruit for each team. The fruit will be hidden around the room. Divide class into teams. When the teacher says -- FIND THE BANANA -- the entire team can hunt for one banana and run back to their starting area. Continue with finding fruits such as FIND THE PAPAYA, FIND THE GUAVA, FIND THE MANGO etc. After each "fruit find", the team will return.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)
Fruit of the Spirit Marching Song
Use Music video, music sheet, and lyrical visual aids

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)
Faithful is our God
Use Music video, music sheet, and lyrical visual aids

5. TEACHING
a. “Back Track” Review (5 minutes)

Optional: View ‘The Fruits of the Spirit’s not a coconut’ music video. Use Music sheet, and lyrical visual aids (In Music Folder)

Questions for discussion:

Remember the lion from last week?
• Who does the Bible say is like a lion? (The devil)
• Could you win in a fight against a real lion? (No)
• Who could help you fight a lion and how? (The Holy Spirit gives us self control)
• Why do you need to be alert? (Because the devil prowls around looking for someone to devour.)

Use the Fruit of the Spirit review cards.

b. Learn a Bible Verse (5minutes)
'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?' Luke 13:7b

c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)
Look what I have... some of our Super Fruits Mangoes, Pomegranate, Guava , Papaya and Bananas. Yum! Yum! I think I'll have a delicious snack right now.

Do you know what I think would be great? I think it would be great to have a lot a fruit trees in your yard so that any time you wanted a snack, you could just go out and pick a piece of fruit off of the tree. But what if you had an fruit tree in your yard that never had any fruit on it? It wouldn't be good for anything except shade, would it?

In our Bible lesson today, Jesus told a story about a man who planted a fig tree in his garden. After some time had passed, he went to look for some fruit on the tree, but there was none. Year after year he watched the tree, but the tree never produced any fruit. Finally, the man went to the gardener who took care of the tree and said to him, "For three years I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! It is just taking up space in the garden."

The gardener answered, "Please, sir, give it one more chance. Leave it for another year. I will give it special attention. I will dig around the tree and give it plenty of fertilizer. If the tree produces fruit next year, great, if not, then you can cut it down."

In telling this story, Jesus was really talking about us and about God. God has "planted" us here on this earth and he expects us to produce good fruit in our life.

What kind of fruit does he expect?

When He looks at the way we live our life, he wants to see things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and gentleness. There are times when he is disappointed in what he sees, but he is willing to give us another chance.

What can we do to help us produce the kind of fruit that God expects?
We can sorship regularly, read God's Word, pray, fellowship and witness Those things will help us to live a fruitful life.

Extracts from:
www.sermons4kids.com/living_a_fruitful_life.htm

God is the God of the Second Chance:
Story Time:

When Thomas Edison was struggling to perfect the light bulb, it took his team of workers twenty-four hours to put together just one light bulb. When the team was finished with one light bulb, Edison gave it to a young boy to carry upstairs. Step by step the boy carefully climbed the stairs, afraid that he might drop this priceless piece of work. You can probably guess what happened; the poor boy dropped the bulb at the top of the stairs. It took the team twenty-four hours to produce another bulb. Finally, tired and ready for a break, Edison was ready to have the bulb carried upstairs. He gave it to the same young boy who had dropped the first one. Mr. Edison gave the boy a second chance! That's true forgiveness, isn't it?

In our Bible lesson today Jesus tells a story about a man who had a fig tree in his vineyard he became frustrated it was not bearing fruit. “Cut it down! It is just taking up space."

"Leave it alone for one more year," the keeper of the vineyard begged. "I will dig around it and put fertilizer on it. If it has fruit next year, fine. If not, then cut it down."

In this story, the owner of the vineyard is God, the keeper of the vineyard is Jesus, and the tree represents God's children. God has every reason to expect his children to produce good fruit. Sometimes we don't produce that kind of fruit, but we have a loving and forgiving God. God gives us a second chance too and it is important for us to know that we don't have to do it alone. The keeper of the vineyard helped the tree by working the soil and adding fertilizer. When we allow Jesus to work in our lives, he will help us to produce the kind of fruit that God expects.

Extracts from:
www.sermons4kids.com/god_of_the_second_chance.htm

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD
Aren't you glad that we have a loving and forgiving God who gives us a second chance? Thank Him.

CLOSING PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, help us live a life that will be pleasing to you. We are thankful that even though we don't always produce the kind of fruit that you desire, you give us a second chance. Help us to allow Jesus to work in our lives so that we will produce the kind of fruit that you want from us.

TAKE HOME PAGE
Give an Activity Booklet one for each child

FINAL SESSION



 
 

SUPER FRUIT

SOWING THE JESUS SEED

HEALING the HURTING HEART

 
 
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