|January 24, 2010||Grade 2-3||Mark 4:1-9
|Jesus’ teaching: The farmer sows seed – is my heart soft towards Jesus?|
Prepared by: Vicki Waddell
Introducing the Big Idea (5 – 10 mins)
Props: 4 clear plastic water glasses: 1 filled with pebbles, 1 filled with rock, 1 filled with hard, dried out soil, 1 filled with new soil. Have the filled glasses set out for the kids to see.
Tell the kids that today we are learning about one of the parables Jesus told his followers. A parable is a story used to teach us a truth about God or about how God wants us to live. Our story today talks about a farmer sowing seed.
Ask: What do seeds need to grow? Have the kids raise their hand to give an answer. Allow each child to respond. Show each prop glass in turn, having the kids say why they think the things in the glasses would or would not work well for growing plants.
Read the Story (5 minutes)
Read from the Bible, or from The Adventure Bible – page 316 and 317
Watch the DVD (2 – 3 minutes)
Shut the DVD off after the story, before the song.
Here are some suggestions from YouTube:
Search: “farmer seed mark 4” and you will find a number of good ones.
Retell the Story (5 – 10 minutes)
Matching activity borrowed from Colleen Loewen’s lesson:
* Items needed: 2 colors of prepared hearts with matched answers & tape, garbage can
Say, “Now that you’ve seen the meaning of Jesus’s parable of the sower, let’s try a puzzle and see how you do!”
- Tape each group of hearts to the wall
- The matching hearts have the gardening reference on one, and the heart condition on the other.
- Have the kids pick out one heart with the gardening reference, and then try and point out the matching one!
Say, “Now that we have them matched up, let’s look at which ones are good, and which ones are bad, and which ones we should try and live by…”
– Seeds that fall on a path and get eaten by birds are like people who hear God’s word and don’t even think about it or remember it. Should we be like that? No, trash the heart!
– Seeds that grow in rocky places are like people who obey God for a little while and then give up when bad things happen to them. Should we be like that? No, trash the heart!
– Seeds that grow with lots of weeds around them are like people who let people, activities and their toys take up too much of their time until they have no time to spend going to church, praying or singing to God. Should we be like that? No, trash the heart!
– Seeds that grow in good soil are like people who live good lives and put their friendship with Jesus first and try and live like Him! Should we be like that? Yes, keep the heart!!
Planting Activity (10 minutes)
Each child will plant a sunflower seed in a cup with good soil. They will take it home, put it in a window and remember to water it. The plant can be transferred to the outdoor garden once the weather is warm enough. To save time and mess, have the cups already filled with dirt so all they need to do is plant the seed and add a little water.
Materials: potting soil, transplant paper cups (or similar), sunflower seeds, watering can with water in it, popsicle sticks to which the kids tape a paper that says:
A seed needs water, sunshine, and good soil to grow; I need to read my Bible, pray, and try to live like Jesus so I will grow into the person God wants me to be.
Snack (5 Minutes)
- Items needed: cookies
Now I want to be a follower of Jesus and do something to make you feel special. One of the things Jesus did for people is to pray for them. I want to be like Jesus and I want to do the things he does, so I am going to pray for you. And then…I am going to share something with you, because Jesus is all about sharing with others.
Pray for the kids:
“I pray this blessing over each one of you.
Each of you is precious in God’s sight.
God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.
I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.
May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.
Give the kids a cookie each.
The Bible Verse To Memorize for January (5 minutes)
Give each child their own envelope with the memory verse inside. It has been cut up so that the kids have to take out the pieces and put the verse in the right order.
Verse: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16”