Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ministry Minute and the Parenting Place--Our Fruit of the Spirit Series Begins...

We have recently wrapped up our series of Children's Church lessons using our Bible Alphabet series.  (Feel free to read back through previous blog posts for more information about this series and classroom set of posters.)  Although I was admittedly a little sad to finish our ABC fun, today I was also very excited to begin our new series on the Fruit of the Spirit, as found in Galatians 5! 

In order to transition, the last couple of weeks we have done some preparatory lessons about the life and ministry of Paul.  A great website to use for an intro about Saul's conversion is  Here you see Paul on our classroom felt board:

Today we began with a visit from our puppet friend Clunky Monkey.  Clunky brought a few of his favorite fruits to show the kids, and surprisingly, he brought more than just bananas.  He brought apples and grapes too!  Clunky said that what he loved most about fruit is that it is so SWEET!  I used this to segue with the children into our Bible lesson.  When led by the Holy Spirit, our behavior can be "sweetly" modeled after Christ and the example He gave.  Then we impact others around us by producing the Fruit of the Spirit, and that is what Paul wrote about in Galatians 5.

We talked about how Paul communicated to the early churches by writing them letters, and the Book of Galatians is an example of one of these letters found in the New Testament.

Today's lesson focused on the first fruit listed--LOVE.  We talked about the love Christ has for us--so much that He died for our redemption--and also the love we should have for others.  We played a charades-type game in which we acted out ways to show and not to show love.  Children gave a thumbs up or thumbs down response based on whether or not the action given was a way to show the love of Christ. 

This is an example of the poster for this week's lesson.  I also wrote a little song that we will sing each week as we learn about the various Fruit.  You will see a portion of this song in the space below.

The children colored their color sheets as shown, as well as another sheet with Galatians 5:22-23 on it, in order to help them memorize this Scripture passage over the coming weeks. 

If you are interested in using these resources with your own children, class, or displaying these posters in your classroom or home, the links below will take you to both the version shown here, as well as a KJV edition.  Blessings and hope you have had a wonderful weekend!!!  Thanks for taking this journey with us!  Shannon :-)

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