‘God, you give true peace to people who depend on you, to those who trust in you.’ Isaiah 26:3

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Week 3 objectives: to begin to talk about the Fruit of the Spirit and to learn that peace is a part of the Holy Spirit's fruit. 

Game - 5 mins
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children to handle the food used in this activity.

Aim: to think about having more of something.
You will need:  a small mixing bowl, a large bag of pasta, a jam jar, a large bag of cotton wool balls, a CD, a bag of rice, a thimble, a bag of lentils, a low table, a pen and the ‘How many more?’ textboxes (see Printables).

Print or photocopy four ‘how many more?’ textboxes.

Before the session place the bowl, jar, CD and thimble on the low table. Place a handful of pasta in the bowl, a handful of cotton wool balls in the jar, two or three grains of rice in the hole in the middle of a CD and four or five lentils in the thimble. Count how many pieces of pasta are in the bowl, how many cotton wool balls are in the jar etc. and write the quantities in the text boxes. Place the text boxes next to the relevant containers. 

Show the children the containers and the textboxes. Ask the children to guess how much more they think would need to be added to fill the receptacles.

When the children have given their estimates fill up the containers to find out how many more pieces of pasta etc. were needed.

Talk about - 7 mins
You will need:  a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens and a Bible. 

Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper. Circle the word 'peace' and remind the children that last week we discovered that one way to think about God’s peace is a great feeling of calm on the inside.

Explain that today's game was about adding more: more pasta, more cotton wool, more rice and more lentils. The Bible teaches that having God’s peace in our lives is wonderful, but God doesn’t want us just to have his peace on some days and not on others; he wants us to have his peace all day every day. In fact he wants us to have more and more and more of his peace.

Draw a stick person next to the verse. Ask the children the following question/s: But how do Christians have more and more of God's peace - how does a Christian become more and more peaceful?

Draw an arrow pointing down above the stick person. The Bible teaches that when the Holy Spirit works in the life of a Christian they become more and more and more peaceful. In fact the Bible calls love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control the Fruit of the Spirit. As you name the fruit use sticky tac to stick the Fruit of the Spirit textboxes around the stick person. The Fruit of the Spirit is what ‘grows’ in the life of a Christian when the Holy Spirit is at work. 

You may need to explain that these things don’t grow in the same way leaves and branches grow on trees, but, as the Holy Spirit works – changing and guiding a Christian, he or she becomes more loving, more peaceful, more patient etc.

Point to the textboxes as you explain that Christians believe that the Fruit of the Spirit is not a list of things they should simply try harder to be good at. Instead they believe that, as they invite the Holy Spirit to do more and more work in their lives, his fruit grows and grows and grows and they become more loving, more joyful, more peaceful and more patient etc. Point to the different textboxes as you name the fruit.

Summarise with the following question: So how do Christians become more and more and more peaceful? Christians believe that by inviting the Holy Spirit to do more and more work in their lives,  his fruit will grow and grow and grow and they will become more loving, more peaceful, more patient and kind just like Jesus.

Song - 3 mins
To the tune: ‘Did you ever see a lassie?’
    God, you give true peace,
    To those who depend on you.
    God, you give true peace,
    To those who trust you.
    Depending and trusting.
    Depending and trusting.
    God, you give true peace,
    To those who trust you.

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