Thank you to all the families who completed the recent Parent Survey. In response to feedback, we are going to implement some changes to our St John’s Kids program for Term 4.
For those of you who have been enjoying the format of watching a video and working through devotion questions and activities as a family, we recommend you subscribe to QuizWorx Home Delivery (FREE). The Digging Deeper devotions that accompany the engaging videos are ideal for splitting into sections to use across a few days, to keep connecting with God’s word as a family during the week.
As of next week, the St John’s Kids team will be running 30-minute Zoom classes for specific age groups, on Sunday afternoons. We pray that this will help your kids reconnect with their church friends and their leaders, as well as nurture their faith development. (Zoom meeting details will be published in next week’s blog.)
SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
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We have spent the past five weeks looking at the role of the Spirit as our helper, friend, advocate, and connection to God the Father and God the Son (Jesus). The Spirit helps us to become more like Jesus by gifting us with what the bible calls ‘fruit’ of the Spirit. One of these ‘fruit’ is faithfulness.
Have your bible ready to follow along our reading, Luke 7:1-10, about a Roman commander who showed faith in action through his belief in Jesus’ power to heal. Have a think about how you might show your faith in action.
Activities, if needed, to keep hands busy while listening to Julie’s talk:
- Younger Kids: Colouring 1, 2, 3, Activity.
- Older Kids: Crossword, Decoder, Fill the Blanks, Wordsearch.
Family Devotion Time:
Before/After your service of choice, or at another time during the day/week that best suits your family, spend some time together exploring God’s word. (Use and adapt as many of these components as are appropriate for the age of your children.)
The Holy Spirit gives us his ‘fruit’ so that we can become more and more like Jesus.
Read … Galatians 5:16-26. (For younger children, concentrate on v.22-23)
We may not be trees, but we bear fruit! What exactly is the fruit of the Spirit? Watch …
- If you could be anyone in the world, who would you like to be?
- What would you have to change to be more like that person?
- Look at each of the ‘fruit’ mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 and talk about how someone might behave if they don’t have the fruits of the Spirit and how they might behave if they do have the fruits of the Spirit. (Talk about scenarios involving loving others, being joyful, full of peace, patience kindness, gentleness, keeping your word, and having self-control vs. hating others, causing fights, being angry, wanting what others have, loosing control, not sharing, pushing in, lying and saying cruel words)
- God’s Spirit lives in everyone who turns to Jesus.
- His Spirit lives in us and changes us, from the inside out.
- He changes us to be more like Jesus, full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
To help you remember the fruits of the Spirit, spend some time learning this song.
Song with lyrics:
- Fruit of the Spirit colouring. Discuss the meaning of each word. Cover the words and see if your child can remember the fruit of the Spirit. Pin up the sheet as a reminder during the week.
- Make some fruit kebabs for morning/afternoon tea one day this week. Thread pieces of cut fruit onto skewers. Discuss the different fruit but remind them that they are all fruit. See if you can remember all the fruit of God’s Spirit.
- Thank God for the fruit of the Spirit
- Choose one fruit and ask God to help grow that fruit in you, so you can become more like Jesus.
Family Devotion resource credit: Kidswise.