What is your favorite fruit? If you were a fruit tree, which kind of fruit would you grow?!
Imagine you were growing a fruit tree (or vine, or bush, or whatever it grows on) and you were excited to eat your favorite fruit!
Only then, the plant didn't grow any fruit. There weren't any apples, or berries, or whatever fruit you were hoping for. How would that make you feel?
Read the story in Luke 13:1-9, or in your SPARK Storybook Bible on p. 372.
- Do you think you would have given the fig tree another chance?
- When the Bible talks about growing good fruit, it means growing good things in our lives such as faith and loving action. What are some ways you can grow in faith?
- Sometimes, our lives don't "grow fruit." We make hurt people and make mistakes. What do you do when you make a mistake? How do you feel?
- When have you given someone another chance?
Let's pray together.
Dear God, thank you for giving us new chances to love you and other people. Thank you for forgiving us when we make mistakes. Help us to follow you everyday. In Jesus' name, Amen.
We are in a season in the church year called Lent. In Lent, in the weeks leading up to Easter, we are invited to think about our mistakes and ask God for forgiveness. Like the gardener in the story, God always gives us more chances.
Take some time to think about mistakes you've made this week. As you think, write down notes or doodles. When you are done, either tear up the paper (or, with a parent's help, you can light them on fire outside). Know that God has forgiven your sins: we no longer have to feel sad or guilty about them. We have another chance to make good choices!
Fruit of the Spirit
In Galatians 5, Paul writes that "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Take some time as a family to talk about what each word means. This is the fruit that God wants to grow in your life!
- Which fruit do you think you are the best at? Which one do you struggle with the most?
- Are there any other important traits that you would add to this definition?
- Click here for some coloring sheets that give examples of each trait.
Learn today's Bible story by moving your body. As you read each part, do the action!
- Once there was a man who had a vineyard. He decided to plant a fruit tree. You can choose which fruit it is! (Start standing tall, with your hands by your sides. Take a deep breath. We are ready to learn the story!)
- The man started by digging a hole in the dirt. (Reach down and touch the ground. Stretch!)
- Then he added a seed, which he buried in the dirt. (Kneel on the ground and fold forward into child's pose. Pretend to be a seed!)
- The man had to take good care of the seed so it would grow. He watered the seed (sit up on your knees, stretch your left arm overhead to the right). He made sure the seed got lots of sunlight (stretch your right arm overhead to the left.
- Soon, the plant started to grow. (On hands and knees, arc your back into cat pose. Stretch as high as you can!). But the first year, there was no fruit! (Slump your back down into cow pose, like a wilting plant).
- The man waited another year. The plant continued to grow (arc your back into cat). But the second year, there was no fruit! (Slump your back into cow).
- The man waited another year. The plant grew some more (arc your back into cat) but the third year, there was still no fruit! (Slump your back into cow).
- Finally, the man was tired of waiting. He wanted to cut the tree down! (Sink down into child's pose).
- But a wise gardener told him to give the tree another chance. Then the tree grew and grew and grew (slowly move to your feet, roll back up to standing).
- The tree grew tall and strong (reach your arms to the sky like a big tree!) Can you balance on one foot? In yoga that is called tree pose (Put one foot on the other ankle and balance).
- And the tree grew good fruit! (Make your body into the shape of your favorite fruit!)