"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.
Pirate Days 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.
Lesson Four PATIENCE
Hebrews 12:1-3 and Matthew 18:21-35
This is an important virtue and Fruit of the Spirit. It is
vital, you can't live a Christian life without it. If we allow God to
work in our lives we can learn to have patience. It is a Christ-like
characteristic all of us can strive for.
- To teach the children that things worth having
are worth working for.
- To teach them that God wants us to wait for
- To share that the Holy Spirit will give us
Puppet songs make interesting and captivating opening acts for the
lesson. A song with a calypso theme might be appropriate.
Suggested Song:Acapella Children, "We are Not
Afraid", c 1994, The Acappella Company. Song called: "All Kinds of
Fishes".Words and Music by Gary Miller and Gary Moyers.
During Pirate Days the leader of the program can be a pirate captain
who is in charge. This character can stress the rules.
Pray that the children will remember the lesson when they go home and
that they will apply it to their lives.
This time in the program can be a lot of fun. Volunteers dressed as
Pirate crew members can help with actions and leading.
Swab the Deck
Select two boys and two girls to form opposing teams. One member of
each team stands on the stage. ( If a stage is not available use a
tarp or other marked off area.) The team member on the stage is
given a wet map. The objective is to sweep all of the wet sponges off
the stage and into their partner's bucket. The team that collects the
greatest number of sponges wins. The sponges are jelly fish!
Cannon Ball Toss
Select four boys and four girls. Each pair is given a towel and a
black water balloon. They have to toss the balloons back and forth while
slowly moving further apart. The last pair to have a balloon wins.
This memory verse was taught through interaction with a puppet.
"Let us run with patience the race that is set before us." Hebrews