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Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

Kids at home 27th 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 patience and how God helps us to wait for good things and be patient with one another!

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

Alive – Hillsong Young & Free

You are Good – Bethel Kids

This is Amazing Grace – Bethel Kids

Story time

Abraham – Saddleback Kids!

Note to families:

Or if you prefer to read this to your little ones, it’s page 56 in the Jesus Storybook Bible ‘Son of laughter’.

Some things to talk to your family about…

  • What did God promise Abraham?
  • Why did Abraham think what God was saying was impossible at first?
  • What do you think patience means?
  • Do you think Abraham had to be patient while he waited for God’s promise to happen?
  • Have you ever had to wait for something? How did it feel to wait?
  • Do you think patience is important, why/why not? Is it important to show patience to others?

Some important points to remember…

  • God always keeps his promises and we can keep trusting in Him, knowing that He has amazing things planned for each of us!
  • Waiting patiently doesn’t mean to do nothing or just sitting and waiting though, in fact it means to still be joyful (like we talked about last week) and live for God whilst we wait!
  • We can also be patient with each other just like God is patient with us. The bible tells us to ‘bear with one another’. Sometimes we might annoy each other or get on each others nerves, maybe sometimes this happens at home with your family or at school with your friends, but we can learn from Jesus and choose to be patient with each other and show love and kindness to each other (even when it feels tricky) and we can ask him to give us His patience to help us do that!


Memory Verse

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

Sometimes we will be desperate for God to change a situation, maybe something sad or scary is happening, and we might feel impatient with God and want Him to do something quickly. The bible reminds us to keep praying about the hard things and to be patient while we wait for those prayers to be answered. This verse reminds us that God not only knows the hard things we are going through but He is with us during those times too. He always hears us and wants us to share all of our thoughts and feelings with Him!

Memory verse catch!

If you have a ball (or something that you can play throw and catch with) why don’t you throw the ball back and forth between your family members and as you throw it, each say one word of the memory verse so that you are repeating the memory verse over and over. Keep doing this until you’ve remembered all of it and then see if you can say it all in one go!

Prayer time

Why don’t you think of a few people that you know, these could be friends or family members, and ask God to help you to be more patient with each of those people? If you’ve made a weave above, you could pick a colour for each of those people to remind you to pray for them and be patient with them. Why don’t you pick a colour for yourself too and pray that God will bless you with patience and help you to keep putting your trust in Him and remembering his wonderful promises?

Dear God,

Thank you for your wonderful promises, thank you that you will always be by my side no matter what is happening or how I am feeling. Please help me to keep putting my trust in you like Abraham did and to be patient with you and those around me. Help me to be patient like Jesus and to always show love and patience to my friends and my family.

Amen

Craft time

Weave!

Directions:

Cut slits in the side of a paper plate and thread wool through to make a waving frame, then weave different coloured paper through the wool. This will take a lot of patience! (For younger children, you can make much bigger gaps between the slits).

Materials needed: 

  • Scissors
  • Paper plate
  • Coloured paper strips
  • Wool

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/