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SUPER FRUIT SERIES - Session #1 Introduction

This week’s destination: SUPER FRUITS INTRODUCTION
Christians need to "grow" the fruit of the spirit in their lives.

TOPICS
The Fruit of the Spirit
Super Fruits

MATERIALS:
An assortment of fruit , Apples or similar fruit, buckets of water, towel, broom. Photocopy Nurturing Fruits, Bible Verse Card and Fruit Flash cards, cut them up into 9 fruit and 9 cards, crayons. Photocopy fruits for Bible verse.. Print/Photocopy Activity Booklets one per child.

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON
Get the children to colour the Bible Verse Card and the Nurturing Fruit and the Flash Cards prior to the lesson.

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
Place apples or similar Tropical fruit in a bucket of water, make sure you have towels to hand, and the children have to take turns to dunk their heads in the bucket with their hands behind their back to grab the apples and bring it out in their mouth. Each child gets to eat their fruit.

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Divide the class into teams. Each team will be given a broom and an apple to run a relay
to push the apple toward the finish line.

When their apple is across the finish line, they will pick their apple up and run back to the team where the next team player will continue to play until all the players have pushed the apple.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)
Optional:
Fruit of the Spirit music video
Fruit of the Spirit in my heart action chorus see Music folder for music, video and lyrics.

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)
Fruit of the Spirit worship song see Music folder for music video and lyrics.

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

This is a brand new series so there may be no review. However if you have been following the Sowing the Jesus Seed Curriculum you may want to discuss the things learnt in that series.

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!

b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up.. Romans 15: 13..CHARGE!

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15: 13

Use the Bible Verse Card as a visual aid.

c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)
Optional:
Play the Fruit of the Spirit theme song

Our Bible lesson today is about fruit. No, we aren't talking about apples and oranges. It is about a different kind of fruit -- the fruit of the Spirit. We are talking about the way we act when we put our faith in Jesus, ask him to forgive us of our sins, and promise be his followers. The Bible tells us that when we do that, the Holy Spirit fills us with God's love and produces some good fruit in our life.

If you see an apple tree, what do you expect to find on that tree? Apples! Well, when you see someone who is filled with the Holy Spirit, you expect to see what the Bible calls the fruit of the Spirit. What is that? It is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Oh my, that is some good fruit, isn't it?
Are you always patient? Are you always gentle and kind? No, there will be times when you fail. When you fail, ask God to forgive you and fill you with his Spirit so that you will produce the kind of fruit that he wants to see in your life.

Extracts from Sermon 4 Kids
https://www.sermons4kids.com/fruit_of_the_spirit.htm

The fruit of the Spirit is a gift God gives Christians to help them live lives that please him and show his love to those who don’t know God. As children learn about the fruit of the spirit, they will learn that God uses us as his instruments to show his love to others! Jesus was the ultimate expression of God’s love, and all the qualities of God that made Jesus who he was—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—become qualities in us the closer we grow in our relationships with Jesus.

Fruit of the Spirit:
Love:
We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, soul and mind. This will enable us to show love by doing things for others and being nice to family, friends and pets. God says to love your enemies. That’s hard to do but God expects that!

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. Remember, patience with your brothers or sisters, no matter how hard that is.

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. Oh, this is a hard one! Don’t do things that you know you shouldn’t be doing. If you have to hide it or lie about it, don’t do it. Be careful how you act, what you say. Be careful of the friends you pick.

Optional:
Play the True Vine Teaching video
Play the Vine and the Branches Teaching video

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD
God has "planted" us on this earth and he expects us to produce good fruit in our life. When He doesn't see these things in our life, He is very disappointed -- but He is willing to give us another chance. Jesus wants to help us to be the kind of fruit-bearing children that God wants us to be. If we will trust in him, read his Word, and pray -- he will help us to produce a lot of good fruit.

CLOSING PRAYER
Our dear Heavenly Father, You are the God of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, thank you for giving us these gifts, thank you for our friends and our families. Just as you show us all of these good things let us share them with the world we live in. In Jesus name.
Amen.
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TAKE HOME PAGE
Give one copy of the ‘Activity Booklet’ one to each child at the end of the class.

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