Create the right environment W E
Think about what it is that helps you to grow
You will need: pictures and examples of scenarios (see below).
- Divide the children into two teams. Explain that you will give them a scenario and ask each team to go and choose what they need to help them grow from the selection of pictures on the other side of the room. For each scenario, they can only choose two pictures.
- Call out a range of scenarios and invite one player from each team to race to collect what they need.
- After each scenario, discuss what else they might need to create the right environment for growth.
Examples of scenarios
- learning a musical instrument
- sitting exams
- developing cooking skills
- playing a sport
Paint ‘God’s kingdom’ rocks! E S A
Share God’s values in your community
You will need: large stones, acrylic paint, brushes, varnish.
- Invite the children to think about what some of God’s values are and what values might be needed in the local community.
- Ask them to paint messages and pictures on stones, e.g. ‘Care for others’, ‘Be generous’. If you have a church social media presence, paint the name on the back of the rocks for people to post and/or include the phrase ‘God’s kingdom rocks’.
- Varnish the rocks after your session and leave them to dry.
- Give the children their rocks to take away and hide somewhere in the local community.
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Talk together and talk to God
Use these questions to discuss the Bible passage and then bring your thoughts together by praying to God.
- When have you felt like you have really grown in something?
- What do you think Jesus wanted people to understand about growth?
- How can you create the right environment for God’s values to grow in your life?
Talk to God: Plant nature labels E S
Pray about different stages of faith
You will need: large wooden lolly sticks, a tray of soil, pens.
- Discuss how everyone is at different stages of growth in life and faith. Show the lolly sticks and explain that growers write the names of plants and vegetables on sticks like these and push them into the soil to remember what is planted.
- Ask the children to write on a lolly stick a kingdom value they would like to show, e.g. gentleness, thoughtfulness, or write a prayer asking God to help them grow in faith, then push their stick into the tray of soil.