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(Information to be translated)
This week’s destination: THE
SEED THAT FELL ON ROCKS.
This lesson about the Parable of the Sower will
help the children discover how truly wonderful the Word of God is,
and how we must not let fear and the temptations of this world take
• Hardened Heart
Selection of different seeds. Chalk,
small rocks for hopscotch. Two smooth round rocks for team game.
A farmer’s hat, a bag of seeds, Seed Bible Cards, crayons,
heap of rocks, 1 small plant, yellow cloth to act as the sun, 1
withered plant,1 bowl, small sponge cut into the shape of a heart,
squirty bottle. Water bottle
AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Get 6 children to colour the Seed Cards & Bible Verse Cards
Examine the Moringa bottle, you
will probably see nothing this first week, sometimes God is working
on the inside of us and there is not much to see on the outside
but God is at work in our lives, just like He is at work on the
Moringa seed in your bottle.
WELCOME GAMES: (10 minutes)
Use chalk to draw a hopscotch pattern on the ground or use masking
tape on the floor. Create a diagram with ten sections and number
them. Each player has a marker such as a rock. They throw it
into square 1 and hop in all the other squares on return they
pick up their rock and start again this time throw into square
2. If they miss the square or hop outside the line they are
out. Another child starts to play.
2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Make two teams pass
a big seed, such as a small coconut, from one child to the other
using only their knees. When it has passed down the line the last
person runs to the front and begins the process until all have run
to the front, first team to complete is the winner.
3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)
the Dutch Praise and Worship music videos
4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)
Prayer: Heavenly Father let us
be open to hearing Your Word. Don’t let our hearts be rocky
places, where Your Word will not have much soil to take root. Let
it not sprang up quickly, let me not be enthusiastic at the start
but when times of difficulties come wilt and die because the Word
is shallow. Let me be deep into Your Word. Amen
a. “Back Track” Review
Last week we learnt Jesus was speaking about seeds in the parable,
the story really applies to people. Where did the seeds fall? (On
b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Mathew 13: 5 – 6 … CHARGE!
“Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much
soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when
the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because
they had no root.” (Mathew 13: 5 – 6)
Bible Verse Visual Aid
Encourage the children to dramatize the verses.
Props needed: a farmers hat, a bag of seeds, a heap of rocks, a
small plant, a yellow cloth to act as the sun, a withered plant.
Have the children recite the verse to memorize it. Use the Bible
Verse Card as a visual aid.
c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)
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.
Get a child to read Matthew 13: 20-21.
We need to pray to God for strength, to soften our
hearts to read the Bible to see how others withstood times of trouble.
In the end, it doesn't matter what others think of us. We should
live to please only God. Someone with a soft heart will soak up
the Word of God. On the other hand, the Word of God rolls right
off someone with a hardened heart of rock.
This hard rock (hold up rock) represents the heart of someone
with a hard heart. The water represents the Word of God. (Squirt
the rock with the squirty bottle.) When we try to explain the
Word of God to someone with a hard heart, it will not soak in. It
rolls off, they don’t want to hear, they are not interested.
This sponge rock (hold up sponge) represents
someone with a soft and open heart. (Squirt the sponge with
the squirty bottle.) When we explain the Word of God to a person
with a soft heart, he or she will soak the information in. They
want to hear more they are keen to join you in church.
The sun (wave yellow cloth) and the rain
(spray the children with water) help the Jesus seed to
Jesus becomes a light in me and I become a light
to others. When I go to church and fellowship it is like the rain
watering the Jesus seed.
1. In our story today, where did the seeds
fall? (The seeds fell on rocky places.)
2. What happened to the seed that fell on the rocky places?
(It withered, because it had no root.)
3. What does the word persecution mean? (To oppress, harass,
annoy or bother.)
5. What are some ways that we may be persecuted or have trouble
because we are Christians? (Some people may make fun of us,
call us names.)
6. How can we help our faith withstand trouble and persecution?
(Pray to God for strength, read the Bible to see how others
withstood times of trouble.)
7. Should we care more about men or God? (God. In the end, it
doesn't matter what others think of us. We should live to please
Extracts taken from www.kidssundayschool.com
6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD (Give
each child a small rock to hold)
Some people hear the Good News about Jesus and happily
accept it. As soon as someone laughs at them or makes fun of their
faith, they deny everything Jesus stands for. If things get tough,
they give up. When trouble comes, they quickly abandon their relationship
with Jesus. They worry more about men than they do about God. Their
hearts become hard, like the rocky places some of the Sower's seeds
Let’s spend some time holding our rock and
asking God to soften our hearts and be open to hear from Him.
Our Heavenly Father we thank you for helping us to understand the
Sowers Parable. Help us to look at the birds of the air; they do
not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet you Father feeds
them. We know we are much more valuable than the birds.
TAKE HOME PAGE:
Give one copy of the
‘Take Home Bible Verse
to each child at the end of the class. Take home their Moringa bottle,
continue to water it a little each day.
Come back next week to hear about the war of the plants! Water your
Moringa at home and bring it back next week. Let’s see who’s
Moringa has grown the most. I can hardly wait to see.
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