Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
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Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
Theme: The next six weeks will be spent on a
farm, learning about growing in God's garden.
The Set: decorate the puppet stage like a barn. Add props like
wheel barrows, shovels, rakes, a ride on toy tractor, etc. Workers can
dress in bib overalls and straw hats.
Farmer Al Falfa (grumpy old farmer), Sprout (the
farmers son), Sweet pea (the farmers daughter), Petunia (the farmers
other daughter), leader, and a cast of farm animal puppets.
This week: we will introduce the garden/farm theme and
discover how important the right soil is.
To teach the kids that:
Consistently enforcing the rules helps the service
to run more smoothly. It is crucial to lovingly and consistently enforce
the rules. Try to foresee problems so that they can be avoided before
they occur. Work with your pod and interact with them before service and
encourage them to pay close attention and really worship God today.
Remember you are more than a teacher, you are a mentor!
Remind the kids of the rules. It helps the kids to respond if they
know what is expected of them.
Begin by having the kids spend about 2 minutes
kneeling at their chairs praying for the service.
Once the kids are done open in prayer asking for God's presence in
our service. Kids need to know that God wants to move in their lives and
that he will if they seek him. This time of prayer sets the tone of the
remainder of the service.
It is important to review with the kids the reasons
that we worship and explain the how's and whys. Encourage them to really
The leader should introduce the kids to the theme.
Puppet skit: A cow puppet and the leader
Leader: Well, kids we are going to be learning about growing
in God's garden in the next few weeks so we are here at the farm. I hear
there is a farmer here who maybe able to help us out.
Cow: (peeks his head out of the barn) Oh you don't want to
talk to the farmer.
Leader: Well, I figured he'd be the one to know the most about
Cow: Oh he knows a lot about gardening, but he is
Leader: I see, Well, you live here on the farm. Do you know a
lot about gardening?
Cow: I do listen to the farmer when I can but I stay pretty
busy making milk for all the kids. Why do you want to know about
Leader: We are learning about growing in God's garden in
Cow: God has a garden? What does he grow in it?
Leader: He grows people in his garden.
Cow: Now wait a minute. I may be a cow, but I am not totally
stupid. Even I know that people don't grow in gardens.
Leader: You are right. People don't grow in dirt, but in a
spiritual sense God is like a gardener and people are like his plants.
Christians are supposed to grow spiritually. So we compare that to
growing in a garden.
Cow: You mean like planting a seed and then it grows and
sprouts and grows into a mature plant?
Leader: exactly. When someone decides to accept Jesus as their
Lord it is like planting a seed in their heart. God expects Christians
to grow spiritually and become more mature each day.
Cow: Yeah, but growing takes a while. I have watched the
farmer plant and then he has to wait a while before the plants are big
and green. He works real hard helping his garden grow.
Leader: Gardening is hard work, can you tell us about it?
Cow: Oh no, I got to go, here comes the farmer. If he sees me
neglecting my chores I'll get in trouble. Sorry I can't help.
Leader: Oh well, maybe the farmer will be helpful. Look, here
he comes now. Hello Mr. farmer!
Farmer Al Falfa: (comes out of the barn. He is a grumpy old
farmer who doesn't show much interest in being pestered.) My names
Farmer Al Falfa. Who are you? And what do ya want?
Leader: Well, we are here to find out how we can grow
spiritually and we thought that since you are a gardener and know all
about growing things, you could help us out.
Farmer: can't you see I'm busy? You city folks should just go
back where you belong.
Leader: Well, I guess we'll just have to go down the road and
ask old farmer Jones. He has some pretty nice looking crops. I bet he
knows more about gardening anyways.
Farmer: Hold it! Why I know way more about growing things than
that old coot. What do you want to know?
Leader: Well, that's a tough one. How about telling us what
one of the most important things about planting is.
Farmer: That's easy. S.O.I.L.
Leader: S.O.I.L. What does that stand for?
Farmer: You city folks sure aren't real bright are ya?
s.o.i.l. Spells soil. You know dirt?!
Leader: Oh soil. I see. Really? Dirt is important?
Farmer: Yep. Dirt's real important. There, I helped you find
out something about gardening and growing, Now get on out of here. I got
chores to do. (He takes off into the barn.)
Leader: Well, we know dirt's important to growing things, but
we don't know why. I wonder if there is anyone else here on the farm who
might be able to help us out.
THE LEADER SHOULD NOTICE THE FARMERS THREE KIDS OFF TO THE SIDE
Leader: Maybe they can help us out. (Strolls over to them)
Hello. I'm Ms. Sheryl and I'm here to find out all about gardening and
Sprout: Hello, my name is sprout and these are my icky sisters
sweet pea and petunia.
Petunia: Yeah, well this is our dumb brother Sprout!
Leader: You guys seem to be having a problem. Can I help?
Sweet Pea: Pa told us to go plant some seeds and we can't
decide where to plant them.
Petunia: our dumb brother wants to plant the seeds here in
this rocky soil
Sprout: Well, my icky sister Petunia wants to plant it over
there in that hard ground. And sweet pea wants to plant over in that
ground that is full of weeds. And they call me dumb?!
Leader: Now this is quite a problem. The farmer did say that
the dirt you plant in is very important. Maybe we should find out what
to do from farmer Al. He is right in there in the barn. (Calling loudly)
Hey! Farmer Al Falfa!
Farmer Al: Now what do ya want? I really don't have time for
all these pesky kids and all your questions.
Leader: Well, I was just here talking to Sprout, sweet pea,
and petunia and we are trying to decide where to plant these seeds and
can't seem to agree.
Farmer Al: Well, just a minute. I'll be right back. (He enters
the barn and comes out with four clear containers of dirt. One has rocky
soil, one has hard packed down soil, one has weedy soil and the last has
good soil. He then shows each container and explains what happens if you
plant in that type of soil.)
1. Rocky, shallow soil... the plant springs up quickly but can't
develop roots so it dies.
2. Hard soil.......the ground is not broken up so the seed doesn't
grow at all.
3. Weedy soil....the plant grows but then dies as it is choked out by
4. Good soil.....the plant develops roots and grows strong
Wow, this reminds me of a story that Jesus told.
It's found in the Bible in the book of Matthew, chapter 13.. Tell the
story about the seed that fell on hard ground, rocky ground, and thorny
ground. Explain the spiritual parallel.
Write the memory verse out on veggies. You will
need one set of veggies that are written on and a blank set of veggies
for each team. Have each team sit in a circle. Pass out the veggies that
have the verse on them. The game is played like hot potato. The kids
pass the veggies until the music stops and then those with the veggies
read the words from the verse in order. Each time the music stops a
veggie that is written on is replaced with a blank veggie. Continue
until all the veggies are blank and the kids know the verse.
Matthew 13:23 The good soil represents the hearts of those who truly
accept God's message.
Have the kids break into their pods and go with
their pod leader. The pod leader should review what has been learned and
answer any questions the kids have. This is a time for more personal
discipleship. Then pass out clear plastic cups with wet paper towels in
them to the kids. Have each child plant three lima bean seeds between
the paper towels and the side of the cup. Write each Childs name on the
cup in permanent magic marker. Explain to the kids that each week we
will be observing the growth of our plants. Once the plants are
completed the pod leader should have a time of group prayer with the
kids asking God to help each of the kids to have a tender heart that is
like good soil so that they will grow spiritually.
You will need a hard boiled egg, a raw egg, a raw
egg that you have made a small hole in and removed the egg from, and a
raw egg that you cut in half and fill with other stuff and glued back
together. Explain to the kids that the eggs represent people's hearts.
Start with the hard boiled egg. Open it up and talk about having a hard
heart and how we can let bitterness and anger make our hearts hard. Then
bring out the empty egg and talk about being shallow...saying we want to
serve Christ but not really meaning it. Then bring out the egg filled
with junk. Explain that this egg represents the person who says they
want to serve Christ but let worldly things prevent them from growing
spiritually. Finally bring out the raw egg. This egg represents the
person who has a heart that is ready to allow God to use it and help
You will need a hoe and spade and any other
gardening tools you'd like to incorporate. You will also need the clear
containers with the soil samples. Begin by reviewing the different types
of soil and how they compare to our hearts. Remind the kids that just
like plants need to grow, Christians need to grow spiritually.
How's your heart?
Sprout: Is it like the hard soil? Is it full of anger and
bitterness so that it won't even allow the seed to be planted?
Sweet pea: Is it like the Rocky shallow soil? Do you say you
want to serve God but not follow through with actions?
Petunia: Is it like the thorny ground? Do you say you want to
serve God but you let problems and worldly things choke out seed? Are
money, fun, friends, more important than God?
Leader: Is it like the good soil? Do you really want to serve
God and do everything possible to let God's teaching make deep roots
into your heart?
Farmer Al Falfa: Now bring out the tools. Explain that when
the ground isn't good the farmer can work with the soil to change it. If
it is too hard he can break it up with a hoe or spade. If it is rocky he
can dig up the rocks. If it is thorny and weedy he can get rid of the
weeds. God is our gardener. He wants to help us make our ground good
ground so that we will grow to be mature Christians. He does that by
changing our hearts at the alter.
Close with a time of worship. Then encourage the
kids to take a look at their hearts and evaluate what kind of soil it
is. Open the alter area for those who want to seek God and ask God to
change their hearts.
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats