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The Fruit of the Spirit for Children
The Fruit of the Spirit Is . . .
Children spend much of their energy growing. Every parent will tell you they have to buy new clothes at least twice a year, and sometimes the growth comes so fast that it causes physical pain. As children's ministry leaders, it's up to us to make sure their spiritual growth keeps up with their physical. One thing that can help them with their growth is learning about the Fruit of the Spirit.
So, I'd like to review this curriculum to help you decide if it's right for your ministry.
The Brief Overview
This curriculum includes nine lessons, one for each fruit of the Spirit, plus an original song to help the children remember them.Each lesson has an overview for the teacher that includes the supply list for the week. Teachers can choose from a game, craft and up to two memory verses every week. Some lessons will have additional resources such as skits and songs, and American Sign Language signs for each of the Fruit of the Spirit are included.
While I recommend that all teachers spend at least 10 minutes every day for at least five days preparing for the lesson, these were written so that a busy teacher can get everything ready in a very short time. In fact some teachers have stepped in on Sunday morning to lead one of these lessons as a last minute fill in.
A More Indepth Overview of the Curriculum - 9 Lessons to help kids learn about the Fruit of the Spirit
WHAT YOU'LL FIND IN EACH LESSON
- INTRODUCING THE FRUIT - In this first section each week, the children create a piece of "fruit" out of construction paper to give some touchability to the Spiritual fruit. Optionally, you could have a large paper tree in your ministry area to hang the fruit on. At our church, our teachers asked to put the tree in the sanctuary so the congregation could see what the children were learning.
- PLANTING THE FRUIT - Here's where the children will hear the Bible story for the week. You'll find a child friendly version of the Bible lesson or you can tell the story yourself.
- GROWING THE FRUIT - Each lesson has at least three activities to reinforce the Bible story. You'll find a craft, a game and a Memory Verse in each lesson. We'll look at Galatians 5:22-23 every week for the full nine weeks. Each week the children will learn one of the American Sign Language signs for one of the fruit as well as review the past one. By the end of this series, the children should know this verse well. In addition each week we'll have a verse that reminds us about the fruit we've talked about. Depending on the lesson, you may find a song or a skit to help reinforce the fruit also.
- HARVESTING THE FRUIT - It's very important that the children learn to clean up after themselves. Don't skip over the harvest each week. Another even more vital part of your harvest time will be your prayer time. Each week you'll find a prayer you may read or you may choose to pray spontaneously. If you have time, you could ask for prayer requests. Plus don't forget to give the children an opportunity to make Jesus their Savior. Children as young as three or four have been known to make a lifelong commitment to Jesus Christ, so don't ever feel as though they are too small to understand salvation. We don't need to know all the details of the Bible to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. We must simply understand that Jesus loved us enough to give His life for us, know that we are sinners in need of a Savior and accept Jesus' sacrifice for that sin. If we continue to show the children the love of Christ as they grow, they'll discover the rest of the details in their Bible classes.
- TO REINFORCE THE LESSONS - To give a visual for these nine weeks of lessons, we used brown butcher paper or construction paper to create a "tree" in our Sanctuary. Ours was a one dimensional tree (against a wall) but it could be three dimensional (if you have a pole in the middle of your area that can be used as the trunk.) Have a marker available (be sure it won't seep through to the wall), and each week, you may write the "Fruit" that is the concentration of your study on the trunk while you allow the children to hang their "Fruit" on the branches.Other ideas for your tree:You could allow each child to have their own tree and add fruit to it each week.Your tree might have no leaves. There is a memory verse each week. As the children arrive each week you could ask their memory verse and they could add leaves as a reward for remembering, or they could add a leaf for every day they read the Bible or had it read to them. There's a song to go with this curriculumm. The chorus reinforces the first three of the fruit and the verses remind us of the last six.Here are the themes of the Nine Lessons
More resources for your Children's Ministry
- Heroes of the Bible - Children's Curriculum
Here's a review of a year long curriculum that focuses on heroes from the Patriarchs, the Kings and the New Testament.
- Teaching Kids "The Lord's Prayer" and other Bible Truths
Another important lesson for kids is learning what each line of the Lord's Prayer means. That's the focus of this curriculum. This page will give you an overview so you can decide if it will work for your ministry.
- LOVE - Jesus showed us how to use Agape Love
- JOY - Jesus teaches us how to have real joy
- PEACE - Jesus has everything under control
- PATIENCE - The Patience of Paul
- KINDNESS - The People of Malta were Kind to Paul
- GOODNESS - The Samaritan knew how to show Goodness
- FAITHFULNESS -A Lesson from a Faithful Widow
- GENTLENESS - Jesus was gentle to the children
- SELF-CONTROL - Self Control is the hardest fruit to grow
Our children really enjoyed this curriculum It was fun for them to bring their fruit to the sanctuary each Sunday and hang it on our seven foot tree! They not only learned the fruit of the Spirit, but how to grow those fruit in their lives. They were easy for our teachers to prepare and fun for our kids to learn!