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 discover that gardens need to produce
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
worship God. The kids watch everything leaders do. Let them see you in
active worship. Let them hear you worshiping God. If we want the spirit
to move in our service we have to first allow the spirit to move in us.
The leader should introduce the kids to the theme.
Opening Skit: Leader: Here we are at the farm again. I
wonder if farmer Al falfa has anything left to teach us. I don't see him
anywhere around today. I wonder where he could be. (Peeks in the barn
and around the farm)
There he is! I see him back in the tool shed. Hello farmer Al falfa.
Farmer: (comes out of the shed looking very sad and unhappy
with an axe in his hand.)
Leader: What's wrong farmer Al? You look really sad.
Farmer: It's a terrible day here on the farm. I'm on my way to
do a terrible chore....
Leader: Let me guess. You must be on your way to pooper
scooper the barn huh?
Farmer: No, wish it was that...this is much worse...
Leader: Wow! What could be worse than pooper scooping the
Farmer: Well, I have to go chop down my apple tree.
Leader: Why do you have to do that? Don't you like apples?
Farmer: Oh I love apples, but this apple tree isn't producing
any fruit. I have worked with it and taken care of it and done
everything I could to save it but it is still not producing fruit so the
time has come to cut it down. You see a fruit tree that doesn't grow
fruit is no good.
Leader: Oh I see. You mean that if it doesn't produce fruit
like God intended it to then it is useless. That sounds like what
happens to people who don't produce fruit.
Farmer: Now come, people don't grow fruit. Do you take me for
a fool or something?
Leader: OH but people do grow fruit, not like apples and
oranges but they are supposed to grow the fruit of the spirit in their
Farmer: Well, I ‘ve never heard of that kind of fruit before.
Leader: The Bible tells us that the fruit of the spirit are
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self control. These are the traits that God wants us to grow in our
Farmer: I see and so if a Christian doesn't grow these things
in their lives then they are useless to God?
Leader: Right. Other people tell what we are like by the way
we act. By having the fruit of the spirit in our lives other people can
see that we are Christians and that being a Christian is a good thing.
Farmer: What do ya know...you came here to find out about
gardening and I ended up learning all about growing in God's garden. I
sure have learned a lot from you.
Leader: I'm glad to hear that. And thank you for teaching us
all about gardening.
Farmer: I have some cool games that I thought I'd teach the
kids today as a way of saying thank you for spending the last few weeks
here on my farm.
You will need an assortment of fruit and two boxes.
Place the fruit in the boxes. Cut a round hole in the side of each box
large enough to fit a hand into. Allow volunteers to come forward, call
out a fruit name. The contestants reach in and try to be the first to
find the fruit by touch and pull it out. The winner wins a chance to
spin the wacko wheel for a prize. Then call up two new contestants.
You will need bananas for this game. Have kids pair up with someone
similar in height. Each pair must put an end of the banana in their
mouth and race to the finish line. The first team to the finish line
wins. You can play two teams at a time or the whole group at a time.
The gardener has been growing some unusual turnips
in his garden. They have the names of the fruit of the spirit on them.
We need to "turn up" goodness in our lives, we need to "turnup"
kindness, etc... The farmer can show the kids the turnips and spend a
few minutes telling the kids about the importance of the fruit in our
Sprout comes out bragging about the wonderful fruit
he has grown on his tree, but it is really artificial fruit. He teases
his sister that his fruit is bigger, better and more juicy than theirs.
The leader volunteers to settle the dispute by tasting the fruit to
decide who has the best tasting fruit. The leader tastes sweet peas and
petunias fruit first. Then she tries to taste sprouts and discovers that
it is fake. She can scold Sprout for trying to trick us into believing
he had grown this fake fruit. This offers a good lead in into the next
Phoney fruit???? You will need a basket of real
looking artificial fruit.
Mix the real fruit with the artificial fruit and place it in a
basket. Some people try to fake the fruit of the spirit in their lives.
They try to pretend that they are loving, kind people, but they are
really angry bitter people on the inside. Some people try to pretend
that they have joy because of material things, but really they are
unhappy miserable people. Some people try to pretend that they are good
but secretly they are doing really bad stuff.
Artificial fruit is not good for eating. It is fake, not real.
Artificial fruit of the spirit in our lives in not good for God. It is
fake and not real inside of us, so all it is good for is looks. What you
look like on the outside is not what is important to God. What your
heart and life look like on the inside is what is important to God. What
kind of fruit do you have in your life?
Acts 9:36-43 Have a person lay down on a
table and cover them with a white sheet as Dorcas. Others can mourn her
death as you tell the story. Have some visual things there like needle
and thread and cloth to help tell the story. Be sure to emphasize the
fruit of the spirit in the life of Dorcas.
Galations 5:22 or Matt. 12:33
For each team write each word of the memory verse on a different
piece of real fruit and a piece of paper fruit. Place the real fruit in
a bag. Glue the paper fruit on a poster board in order. Call a volunteer
to come forward. They must reach in the bag and try to pick out the
corresponding fruit. For example if the apple is the first fruit of the
memory verse they must reach in and feel the fruit and come out with the
apple. If they don't come out with the right one they return to the line
and the next person comes forward and tries to pick out the correct
fruit. Play continues until one team completes the verse.
Good fruit sampler: You will have a plate
with a sampling of fruit on it for the children to share. Hold up
several of the pieces of fruit and ask the kids what kind of a tree it
came from. (The point here is that you can tell a tree by it's fruit.)
Ask the kids some questions about what kinds of trees give good fruit
and which give yucky fruit. ( explain that good words and deeds come out
of good hearts but bad words and bad deeds come out of a bad heart..a
Christian is identified by the fruit of the spirit in their lives) Spend
some time talking about the fruit of the spirit with the kids and then
share the fruit with them. Close your time together with a time of
You will need some fruit like bananas that look
pretty good on the outside but that may have bad spots on the inside and
some that you know is not good. Talk about how you can't always tell a
fruit by it's outside. Hold up a very ripe black banana. Explain that
you can tell that this banana is bad on the inside. Hold up a yellow
banana. It looks good, but it is possible that it isn't all good on the
inside. How do we know if a banana is good? First we look at what we can
see. Then we open it up and look at the inside. How do we know if a
person is a Christian? We look at their lives that we can see, but that
doesn't always tell us accurately. As Christians we should not only have
good outsides, but we should have good insides. People we are around
look at what they can see so we need to be sure we are acting the way
Jesus wants us to. God looks at the inside so we need to make sure that
we are acting the way Jesus wants us to!
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats