This past week was the first Sunday of the month, which gives us a shorter time with the kids than usual at our church. Kids worship and observe communion with their parents, then come downstairs, usually after singing a song on stage. We also have our “Pier Dollar Store” where the kids get to spend the “Pier Bucks” they get for bringing their Bible, knowing the memory verse, and answering questions. Between all that, we usually have about 20 minutes with the kids to do a short lesson.
This week we picked to talk about the Fruit of the Spirit. I asked the kids what that meant, and they named all of them as we wrote them on the board. But then I asked what it meant, why it’s called “fruit of the Spirit” and none of them could give me an answer. So I asked, “how do you know a tree is an apple tree?” (“because there’s apples on it.) I briefly talked about fruit being what shows in our life, so we should show these things in our life. However, none of us are perfect, and it’s really hard to always be loving, joyful, patient, kind… and that’s where the “Spirit” part comes in. God gives us the Holy Spirit to help us make the right choices and do the right things. We also sang a Fruit of the Spirit song that we learned last year, to help solidify what the “fruits” are in their minds.
Then we played a game. It’s basically the game Fruit Basket Upset, which has many variations and names. We had all the kids sit in a circle, each with a carpet circle. One child was in the middle. Each kid picked a fruit–we just used love, joy, peace, and patience for the sake of not being too complicated. The child in the middle would call out a fruit and whoever picked that fruit had to get up and find a new seat. The middle kid also tries to find a seat, leaving a different child without a carpet circle, so they are now in the middle. Play continues. At any point, the kid in the middle can shout “Fruit of the Spirit” and everyone has to find a new seat. The kids really had fun with it, and surprisingly no one fought over a carpet or bumped heads. 😉