Teachers Dig In
Dig In to the Bible
- Read: Galatians 5:22; Luke 15:11-32
- In This Passage: Love is a fruit of the Spirit, and we can see God’s loving heart in a story Jesus tells about a father whose son leaves to live wildly. When the son returns home, the father welcomes him with open arms. In the same way, God loves us so much, and his love flows out of us to others!
- Bible Point: Love is a fruit of the Spirit.
- Summary Verse: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23).
- You’ll Be Teaching: Love is a fruit of the Spirit. It’s tempting to teach kids to try to love better. But the fruit of the Spirit isn’t something we try to have; it’s something that grows naturally when we get closer to God. As kids understand God’s love for them, they’ll grow more love in their lives.
- Think About: Describe God’s love for you. What’s your response?
Dig In to Prayer
- Ask God to inspire your kids with ways to pass his love on.
- There are some kids who are just plain hard to love. But remember, love isn’t about your own efforts. Love is a fruit of the Spirit. If you’re struggling with hard-to-love kids, ask God to help you see them through his eyes. The more you pray for them, the more you’ll see the good in them. And the more you see the good in them, the more they’ll see the good in themselves.
Welcome Home Wreaths
- chenille wires (2 per child)
- tissue paper (in a variety of colors)
- glue sticks
- 8½x11 sheets of card stock
- Make a sample craft to show kids.
*Marked supplies are also used in Core Bible Discovery
Let’s keep kids safe! You can help by using supplies as instructed for only ages 3+, purchasing child-safe items, and being aware of allergy concerns.
Show kids the sample craft you made. Set out the supplies to share, and have
kids follow these directions to make wreaths.
- Twist the ends of two chenille wires together to make a large circle, then bend the circle into a heart shape.
- Trace the heart onto a piece of card stock and cut it out. Set the card-stock heart aside for later.
- Tear small pieces of tissue paper. Ball them up and glue them onto the wire, all the way around the heart. You can choose just one color or make a fun color pattern.
- When you finish your wreath, glue the card-stock heart to the back of it.
- On the card stock, write “Welcome Home.”
Talk About It
- What’s welcoming or comforting about walking into your own home?
- What do you think was the best part of coming home for the son in the story?
Jesus told the story of the lost son to show how much God loves us. No matter what we do or how far we run away from him, God is always ready to welcome us back home. When you get home, hang your wreath inside the door your family usually enters through so it’s the first thing you see. Let it remind you that God’s love is always ready to welcome you home, and he wants to help you love others because love is a fruit of the Spirit
Have kids take their wreaths home and show them to their friends and families as they share about God’s welcoming love.
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