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.
Preparation: The theme is "Jungle Days". In order to
create this atmosphere props and costumes can be used. The volunteers or
teachers are encouraged to wear safari outfits. All of the puppets used
are jungle animals or safari characters. The puppet stage can be
decorated with vines and palm trees. Use you imagination!
Lesson Three PEACE
God's peace is an assurance that we are his children and He will take
care of us. The holy Spirit is the source of this peace. No matter what
circumstances we find ourselves in God is always there. His peace will
see us through.
- To teach the children that peace comes from
- To help them to trust God with their problems
This opening activity will be a puppet song about peace. There are a
variety of songs that deal with the Fruit of the Spirit which may be
Review the rules each lesson. It sounds repetitious and it is but it
is essential if you want to remain in control.
Use this prayer time to dedicate your Sunday School to God's service.
It is also an opportunity to teach the children about prayer. Tell the
children that they can talk to God anytime and show them that they can
do it in their own words.
This is an excellent chance to burn off some energy and get excited
about God. Explain the content of the songs. The kids like to know what
they are singing about.
games will have the jungle theme
Select two teams with four players on each. This is a relay race. The
first contestant will pick up a jungle snake (rubber snake) put it
between their knees and run up to a jar and drop the snake in. Then the
contestant runs to the end of the line where there is a vine. They will
do a very loud Tarzan call and then skip the vine ten times. When they
complete that they run back to their team and the next contestant goes.
(The vine is a skipping rope with pieces of vine tied to it.)
Select eight children, placing four on each team. The team is given
some plastic bananas. They have to line up and try to throw the bananas
into the monkey's mouth. (The monkey was drawn on bristol board and a
large hole was cut for a mouth.) Whoever gets the most bananas in wins.
Write out the verse on bristol board to make it easier to teach.
"And God's peace will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
It will be a skit between Einstein the Elephant and the group leader.
The elephant is very forgetful and struggles to remember the verse.
Einstein: Hi everybody, I'm back and I'm smarter than ever! Today, I
will have no trouble remembering the verse.
Leader: Ok Einstein. We are glad that you are back. I think we should
let you try the verse.
Einstein: I'm ready, lets hear it.
Leader: Ok kids lets read the verse to Einstein and see if he can
remember it. "And God's peace will keep your hearts and minds in Christ
Jesus." Philippians 4:7
Einstein: No problem. I can definitely remember this one without any
trouble. Let me see ... And God's geese will keep your cart and minds in
the jungle forever. Philippians 4:7
Leader: Well that was a good try but I think you made some of it up.
We will say it again for you. "And God's peace will keep your hearts and
minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
Einstein: I think I have it now. Let me try... And God's peace will
keep your hearts and minds in Christ's jungle. Philippians 4:7
Leader: You did much better this time. We are talking about peace
today so you got that right, but I don't think the verse said anything
about the jungle.
Einstein: OK I'll try it one more time...."And God's peace will keep
your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7 See I didn't
even bring up the jungle.
Leader: That's it you got it Einstein! Thanks Einstein you did a
Einstein: See I told you I was really smart.
Leader: You sure are.
The memory verse skit is designed to be an interaction between the
puppet and the leaders. It may help if you do not memorize the skit. It
is simply a guideline. Be creative, let your own personality shine
The object lesson is called "The Burning Bible". It is a magic trick
from a company called "The Train Depot"
The word worry is written on a piece of flash paper. The children are
asked if they have any problems, concerns or worries.
The burning Bible is opened up and a real flame can be seen. The
teacher will explain that the Word of God is very powerful. It is
something we can rely on in times of trouble. The flash paper with the
word on it catches fire and disappears. The children are usually quite
impressed and it is important to stress that that is how powerful God
is. He can get rid of all of our worries. He can bring us peace.
This story was told by a puppet and his monkey friend. It also had
hand drawn pictures to illustrate the situations the two found
Hi, my name is Safari Solomon. I came to share my story with you
today. I live in an apartment building. It is very similar to the kind
of places where you guys live. Only my place is right next to the
jungle. Not just any jungle but a huge jungle full of amazing animals.
There are elephants, birds, zebras and all kinds of animals but there
are also monkeys.
This is my friend Chatty. He is really special, we do everything
together. We like soccer and basketball - don't we Chatty? Let me tell
you about the day when I first met Chatty. Chatty was sitting on a tree
stump in the jungle crying. I went over to him and asked him what was
the matter. That was when he told me about what had been happening to
him at school. Chatty was a friendly monkey and just like all of the
other monkeys he loved bananas. He had lots of friends but there were a
few big monkeys at school that picked on him. They said they didn't like
his fur. They said he was too small and they said he cried too much.
Everyday they teased him, making fun of him the whole day. Chatty began
to feel worse and worse. He told me he didn't want to go to school
anymore. The other monkeys were too mean. That is when I told Chatty
about peace. I told him about God's peace. I said.... Chatty sometimes
really bad things happen. Sometimes we get our feelings hurt or people
are mean to us. We need to remember that Jesus is always with us. He
gives us peace in the middle of hard times. Chatty, those mean monkeys
might hurt your feelings but you need to remember that Jesus is right
there with you. He will give you a special kind of peace.
Thanks Solomon. That was an excellent story. How many of you kids have
ever been picked on? Have you ever had your feelings hurt? What about a
bad day, have you ever had one? In Solomon's story Chatty wasn't having
a very fun time. Sometimes things are like that for us. If we have Jesus
in our hearts He can help us have peace all the time.
Copyright 1996, Bread of Life Ministries