Galatians 5:22 & 23
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy , peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against
this there is no law".
"When a person accepts Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to live in their
heart. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit produces Christian virtues in
the believer's life. These virtues are the fruit of the Spirit and we
become more Christ-like. We will exhibit the fruit whether we are aware
of it or not, it happens completely through the work of the Holy Spirit.
We can't produce fruit by our own effort, it comes from God's presence
and interaction in our lives."
Offner, Hazel. Fruit
of the Spirit. Downers Grove, Ill: Intervarsity Press, 1987
Objective: The objective of
The Zoo Children's Ministry is to reach kids with the Gospel
message and to teach them about God's love and how to live as Christians
in today's world.
The purpose of this particular series is to present salvation and
explain that when they make a decision for Christ the Holy Spirit will
live in their hearts. They can have the fruit of the Spirit begin to
show in their lives.
Themes: We have chosen to divide the fruit of the Spirit into
sets of three. With each set there will be a different theme. All props
and stories will teach the lesson but incorporate the theme.
Wild West Days Theme
"Wild West Days" is an exciting theme. A backdrop with
an old western town and a clothes line with wool socks and long johns
helped to create the atmosphere. The puppets were dressed in cowboy hats
and plaid shirts. Children's toys are helpful. Stick horses and stuffed
animals were used as props. Western music also enhances the area.
Lesson Eight Gentleness
God wants us to show gentleness to all. One reason He shows us such
love, compassion and gentleness is so we can learn to show that to
others. As Christians, it is our responsibility to be gentle with
others, showing them tender loving care.
- To teach children that they are to be gentle
to others always.
- To teach children that God wants us to be
Puppet Song: Kids Sing Cowboy Songs c 1994 Brentwood Music
Inc. Song called: "Giddy Up".
Once again keep in mind the "Wild West Days" theme. It might
be interesting to use the Sheriff as the person who dictates the rules.
This is an important part of the program. It sets the tone for the
program. Give the children opportunity to pray if they want to. Prayer
requests are important, make time to pray for the things that are
concerning the children.
Use of western costumes, appropriate actions, or line dancing could
make this part of the program more fun.
Select three boys and three girls. the members of each team line up
in single file and the first contestant is handed a costume. The costume
consists of a cowboy hat, a bandana and a plaid shirt. The first child
puts these on, grabs a stick horse, and gallops up to the pylon and
back. The child then removes the costume and hands the equipment to the
next contestant. The first team to have all of their players complete
the run wins.
Select two boys and two girls. A camp is set up at one pylon and the
children line up behind the other pylon. They must pack up the camp site
and run back to the beginning. Then hand the camp bag to the next person
and they unpack the campsite. The camp consists of a bedroll, a map,
plates, cups, ladle, bucket. Add any items that you would feel are
The "Memory Verse Bandit" is back. The memory verse is delivered by
the "Pony Express" and unwrapped by the leader in the presence of the
Sheriff. The Bandit is fast and manages to steal the verse right out
from underneath their noses. Now the Sheriff is offering a reward to
anyone that assists in the capture of the Bandit.
The leader teaches the verse before it is stolen. The following is an
example of how the leader might go about teaching a verse: "Let your
gentleness be evident to all." Philippians 4:5
Leader: Who remembers what happened last week? (The children will
recall the Bandit). Let's unwrap the verse that was just delivered but
keep your eyes open for the Memory Verse Bandit. Let's read it together.
Have the children repeat the verse until they can do it without
looking at the sheet. It is important to explain what the verse means.
This will be a mime. It will be done with two part. the first part
will include two members. The first mimes will depict a fight. They
enter arguing. Not really violent. There will be a slap and they walk
away. In the second mime the people will enter and display a more gentle
Ask the children which one displays a gentle nature that God would
like us to display. They will hopefully indicate the second scenario.
Story - "Cowboy Steve"
This story was told by another volunteer, "Cowboy Rob". It was read
to the children while "Cowboy Rob" sat on a stool.
Hi y'all. I'm Cowboy Rob! I'm here to tell you a Wild West story. Let
me tell you about a friend of mine. His name is Cowboy Steve. Cowboy
Steve was the toughest cowboy in Dry Gulch. At school he was the
coolest. All of the others wanted to hang out with him. They all wanted
to be just like Steve. You guys can probably think of someone like this
at your school or your neighbourhood.
But Steve wasn't just cool. He was mean. Steve was mean to everyone
around. He was mean to all of the kids. He was mean to his teachers.
Steve was even mean to Pinky the Pig from the Ranch next door. He was
nasty. He called people names and always hurt their feelings.
Anyway, every day after school Steve played Rodeo Games. He would
choose kids to be on his team but he never ever picked Cowboy Fred. You
see Cowboy Fred was a little different. He wasn't loud and rude and mean
like Steve, Cowboy Fred was gentle. He was always nice to other people.
Fred wanted to play in the Rodeo but every time Steve left him out.
Even though Fred's feelings were hurt he was never mean to Steve.
Fred just went and did something else. He played his own games.
Eventually, Fred began to notice that the other kids didn't want to hang
out with Steve. They got tired of playing Steve's games. He was too mean
to them. Soon all of the children were playing with Fred. Fred felt much
better. but then Fred noticed that mean Cowboy Steve was all alone. He
had no one to play with. So Fred went over and invited Steve to play
Leader's Conclusion: Even though Steve had been mean to Fred,
Fred continued to be nice and gentle toward Steve. God wants us to be
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