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Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

Kids at home 20th September

The Bible talks about fruit but it’s a different kind of fruit to apples and bananas! It's called the Fruit of the Spirit.

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control and the Holy Spirit wants to give each of them to us and grow them in our lives to help us become more like Jesus. When we look at the life of Jesus, we can see that He shows all of these characteristics perfectly! Today we are going to look at peace! Jesus is the Prince of Peace and he promises His peace for us! Isn’t that wonderful?

Let’s start with some worship! Feel free to sing and dance or just watch and listen, Jesus doesn’t mind HOW we worship, he just loves it when we spend time with him and sing his praises!

Fruit of the Spirit – Starskills

You are Good – Bethel Kids

King of my Heart – Discoverylands

Our God is a Great Big God – Vineyard Kids

Story time

Jesus calms the storm! – Saddleback Kids!

Note to families:

Jesus calms the storm (Luke 8:23-27) if you prefer to read this to your little ones! Or page 236 in the Jesus Storybook Bible.

Some things to talk to your family about…

  • How do you think the disciples felt when the storm came?
  • How do you think they felt when Jesus calmed the storm? How do you think Jesus felt? 

  • What do you think ‘peace’ is?
  • What kind of things worry you? Is there anything worrying you right now?
  • What makes you feel peaceful? Who helps you feel peaceful? 

  • Have you ever asked God to help you feel peaceful before?

Some important points to remember…

  • Sometimes things can seem a bit scary or worrying (especially at the moment!) but this story reminds us that Jesus will always be with us and He will never leave us! Some things will be too big for us (like the storm in the story) but they will never be too big for Jesus and we can trust that He will look after us and give us His peace when we ask for it!
  • Sometimes we might forget to trust Jesus and ask for His help, we might forget how powerful and how mighty He is and end up worrying about things again.
  • He wants to remind us that as long as we keep coming back to Him, we have nothing to be afraid of and that gives us peace!

Memory Verse

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3

Activity: Building block memory verse!

Resources needed:  (Duplo/mega-blocks/jenga or any sort of building blocks)

Instructions: Write ‘When I am afraid, I put my trust in you’ onto a sheet of paper and cut it up into individual words. Tape/blu tack each word on to a building block. Mix the words up and challenge children to build a wall/tower and get the words into the correct order. You could also get creative if you have more than one child / wish to make it into a game with the whole family and write the verse out a few times and see who can come up with the best ‘shape’.

Prayer time

Was there anything that you thought of or shared with your family when you were asked about what worries you? Have you had the chance to talk to Jesus about them yet? Shall we give it a go? Jesus really wants to give us his peace today (and everyday!) he wants to remind us that we don’t need to feel worried or afraid as he is by our side.  We can talk to him about anything and we can thank him for that right now too! If you just want to tell him that you love him or something about your day, that’s brilliant too!

Dear Jesus, 

Thank you that you love us so much! I think it’s amazing when I read about all of the wonderful things that you’ve done and how you’ve helped so many people. Sometimes though, I do feel worried about some things or a bit scared. Next time I feel scared or worried, please could you help me to remember this amazing story of you calming the wind and the waves and helping your friends in the boat and please could you give me your peace whenever I feel afraid? Please help me to always put my trust in you.

Amen

Craft time

DIY Boat!

Materials needed: 

  • Scissors
  • Scrap paper/gift wrap
  • Glue
  • Coloured paper 
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Corks
  • Penny/coin
  • Lollipop sticks

Note to families:

The Bible App for kids is another good resource to use at home with your children if you’d like. You’ll find animated bible stories, as well as different activities related to each story that the children may be able to complete or themselves or that you can complete all together as a family. https://bibleappforkids.com/