Plant and water
Play and wonder at growth in nature
Provide seeds, compost and pots and encourage the children to plant and then water their seeds. Talk about what they might grow into. When they see their plant growing, children can remember how God’s kingdom grows.
Create a reminder of growth with God
Prepare a large outline of the word ‘Kingdom’. Invite the children to stick seeds or pulses inside the outline as a reminder of how God’s kingdom grows like a tiny seed.
‘A wise child knows’ (new words to the tune of: The wise man built his house upon the rock)
A wise child knows a seed needs lots of care,
you don’t just plant your seedlings anywhere!
They need good grounding, food and love to share,
so plant your seeds with care.
If possible, go outside and look at some flowers or plants (or look at pictures) and spend some time wondering at how seeds grow into the beauty of nature.
Handprint plants 10 mins E
A reminder of our own growth
You will need: brightly coloured paint, paper, washing-up bowl and towel, pens.
- Invite everyone to make handprints using the paint to represent flowers, then paint a stem underneath.
- Invite each person to write things they are interested in and gifted at around their paintings, to represent their own fruitfulness.
- Leave the paintings to dry, reminding the group of their developing skills, talents and faith.