"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.
Preparation: The theme is "Pirate Days". It is easy to
find lots of props for Pirate Days. Use anything nautical and tropical.
Costumes for volunteers or leaders can enhance the effect.
Kindness is an important fruit of the Spirit that can help people see
Christ in us. God has shown us kindness. It is our responsibility to be
kind to others and show them tender loving care.
- To be examples of kindness in the lives of
- To teach the children to be kind to everyone,
not just their friends.
Puppet Songs about pirates are difficult to come by. It is possible
to find songs about boats and fishing. Suggestion: Acapella Children
,"We Are Not Afraid", c 1994. The Acapella Company, song - "Sailin".
Words and Music by Hank Fenn and Keith Lancaster.
The Pirate Captain lays down the law for anyone who wants to be a
Continue to pray for guidance and for the needs of the specific
On occasion it is nice to offer treats or prizes to the team singing
loudest and doing the best actions. It just makes for a little change.
Select four boys and four girls for each team. This is a three step
- Step1- Walk the plank. A board is placed on
top of two bricks. It forms a balance beam. The children walk across
it to the other end.
- Step 2 - Peg Leg. Once the children arrive at
the end of the plank, they hop on one foot to the next stop.
- Step 3 - Search fro treasure. The kids hop to
a bag filled with stuffing which they must unpack and there is a
treasure at the bottom. Then the first contestant will take the
treasure and replace all of the stuffing into the bag and hop back
to the plank and walk back across it. They will tag the next team
mate who will then proceed. The team that gets all of its
participants through the relay first wins.
In this game the children dress up as pirates run to a pylon and back
and remove the costume and hand it to the next contestant. This game can
be played with any number of children. Three may be comfortable, if you
have a restless audience.
Interaction between leader and puppet. "Be kind and compassionate
to one another." Ephesians 4:32.
The puppet is the nasty "Blue Beard". He surrendered one piece of his
map in the last lesson but is unwilling to surrender another piece. The
children must learn the verse in order to get piece number two.
Leader: Do you guys remember that mean pirate who was here last week?
I sure do. He was grouchy but we managed to get one piece of the map.
Let's see if we can find him and convince him to give us another part of
the map. Ok? I would really like to find that so we can open the
Blue Beard: What do you guys want this week? If you think I'll give
you another piece of my map you're crazy. Forget it, It won't happen.
Leader: Blue Beard, you said last week that if we remembered the
memory verse you had we could have a piece of that map. Can we learn
another verse so we can have the next piece?
Blue Beard: No!
Leader: You promised last week, didn't he?
Blue Beard: All right, all right. I may be a nasty pirate but I'm
honest. You did make a deal with me. I told you if you learned a verse
you could have a piece of my map. I have a verse here but don't even
bother to try it. It is just too hard for you guys!
Leader: Well, you know Blue Beard, I think we have a pretty smart
crowd here. You say your verse is difficult. I think we can handle it.
Can't we kids?
Blue Beard: Ok but you'll be sorry. Here it is.
Leader: Ok Let's read it.... "Be kind and compassionate to one
another". Ephesians 4:32. That doesn't seem so hard to me.
Blue Beard: All right then smarty what does compassionate mean?
Leader: Ok kids what does compassionate mean? (allow the children to
try to answer) That is right compassionate means showing love and
concern for someone.
Blue Beard: Maybe you guys are smarter than I thought. Read it again
with the kids.
Leader: "Be kind and compassionate to one another." Ephesians 4:32.
Blue Beard: Not bad but what does the whole verse mean.
Leader: Well, this verse explains how God wants us to treat other
people. He wants us to be kind and compassionate. That means that we
have to love others.
Blue Beard: Ok, then say it without looking at the verse.
Leader: "Be kind and compassionate to one another." Ephesians 4:32.
Blue Beard: I guess I have no choice I have to give you the second
piece of the map. Even though I hoped you wouldn't be able to learn the
verse, you did it. How depressing.
The object lesson is usually used to reinforce the point of the
lesson. This can be done using objects but for variety, other methods
can be used. Mime is an interesting dramatic technique that can be used.
In this case two sets of pirates doing mime would be appropriate.
Scene 1: Two pirates enter. They both look happy and shake
hands. They appear to be friends and are having a conversation. The tone
of the conversation changes. The two look angry. One slaps the other.
The one who was slapped apologizes. He appears to be sad. The other
turns his back on the apologetic pirate and walks away.
Scene 2: Two different pirates enter. They also appear to be
happy but they don't really know each other. They meet and engage in a
conversation. A disagreement ensues and the two are in heated
conversation. They seem to work things out. Shake hands and exit.
Ask the audience which was an example of showing kindness to others.
Discuss who we should be kind to and how we can show kindness.
"The Good Pirate" - an adaptation of "The Good Samaritan".
This story was told by Einstein the Elephant. He is a puppet. There
are pictures to go with it.
Introduction by leader
Einstein, the elephant was an excellent pirate. He worked hard and he
never stopped. All of his superiors liked him. One day he was working on
the ship. He washed the port holes, he swabbed the deck, he did
everything. I'll let him tell you his story.
Oh do I have a sad story. As they were just saying, I was an
excellent pirate. I did everything I was told but one day I had a really
bad day. See this bandage on my nose, it is really sore. I hurt it you
know. One day the captain hold me to raise the sails and so I did. But
when I did it, I got my nose stuck in the winch. It was jammed. I
managed to get it out but I fell down on the deck. My nose was bleeding
and I was moaning and groaning. I couldn't get up. I just kept crying.
It was terrible, one of the worst days of my entire life. Miserable.
I don't know how long I laid there. Then I saw one of the other
pirates come up on deck. Oh thank goodness I thought someone will
finally save me. How wonderful. But she just walked right by. She seemed
to be in a hurry and she pretended not to see me. I kept on crying. Then
I saw the captain of the ship getting close by. He looked down at me and
he looked like he would be sick. I thought I heard him say "captains
don't have to clean up messes." He walked right by. I couldn't believe
it, not even the captain would help. By now I was in a great deal of
pain. My nose was getting swollen. It was still bleeding. I kept
A short while later another pirate came by. I just lay there. No one
else helped me I thought and no one will. This guy will walk right by
just like the others. You know what, he didn't! He stopped. He used his
t-shirt to bandage my nose and he carried me to his cabin. He put me in
his bunk and told me I would be Ok. He even brought me a snack. He was
so nice. I was very thankful.
Leader's Conclusion: Thank goodness Einstein is Ok now. Which
pirate showed kindness and compassion to Einstein? Isn't that how God
would want us to behave towards others?
Copyright 1996, Bread of Life Ministries