Hi! Hope you have had a blessed Sunday and a wonderful weekend! Whew, the weekends go by in such a hurry, don't they? :-)
This week in Children's Church, I introduced the children to the second Fruit of the Spirit--JOY. We were visited by our friend from down under, Eddie the Kangaroo. He was so excited and happy about his new play dough, shown here in his pouch. In fact, he was so excited he led the children in singing I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart!
After singing, I asked the boys and girls to share about times they had felt joy or happiness. Answers emerged such as birthdays, when getting a hug from Mom, at Disneyworld. I reminded them that the joy the Lord gives is always available to us. It doesn't depend on our location or circumstances--the joy of the Lord is real and lasting!
Using our flannelboard, we discussed a man in the Bible who was full of joy. He was the beggar at the gate Beautiful. You can read his story in Acts 3. When Peter and John healed him in the name of the Lord, the beggar went walking and leaping and praising God! Why? Because he was joyful! We can share in this same joy as children of God!!! I used the websites http://ministry-to-children.com/bible-lesson-miracle-at-the-beautiful-gate-acts-3/ and http://childrenschapel.org/biblestories/temple.html in preparation for this week's lesson.
After our Bible story, the kids "walked and leapt" to their tables to complete today's coloring pages--the JOY page from my Fruit of the Spirit resource pack, as well as a Bible coloring page from http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/5a81.htm.
We also sang our Fruit of the Spirit song, this time with both the words LOVE and JOY, since those are the 2 terms we have learned in this study already.
On a personal note, this weekend has been a joyful one for our family! We helped my husband Kevin celebrate his 40th birthday! I feel so incredible blessed to have his in my life! Happy birthday, Kevin!!!! We love you!
If you are interested in these Fruit of the Spirit resources, you may find them on both TpT and Teachers Notebook at the links below. Blessings!!! Shannon :-)
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