On this page, Tammy shares ideas for crafts, prayers and Scriptures to make Sunday School a home experience for the whole family! Our Sunday school is also meeting in person on Sunday mornings in Fellowship Hall!
Crayons were always among my favorite school supplies! I just love color. And today, we’re going to use the colors to create a rainbow that will help us remember different ways we can show God’s love in school.
School can be a bit tough, because a lot of kids are not thinking about God at all. As Christians, we want others to see God’s love in us. In Galatians 5:22-23, God gives us the fruit of the Spirit to help us show others what his love looks like.
Song: The Fruit of the Spirit’s Not a Coconut!
In today’s Bible lesson, we will create rainbows to illustrate the fruits of the spirit!
Read Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”.
The first fruit is love.
Draw the first arc in your rainbow in red.
Love means treating others as you would want to be treated. God is love, and love comes from God. God asks us to love others as He loves us. Showing love to others shows them God’s love for them. When we have a hard time getting along with someone, God can share His love for that person with us.
Write LOVE at the bottom of your arc in small letters going downward.
Next is joy.
Draw the second arc in your rainbow in orange.
Joy and happiness are not the same. Happiness is a feeling, but joy is a way of thinking or looking at life. Joy is an attitude or a way of thinking we choose to have in all circumstances, good or bad, because we trust that God loves us and is always with us.
Write JOY at the bottom of your arc in small letters going downward.
Next is Peace.
Draw the third arc in your rainbow in yellow.
We can be a shining light that radiates God’s peace. We can have freedom from being afraid or worried because God is in control of the whole entire world.
If people are arguing, try to make peace. Remember the proverb: “A soft answer turns away anger.” If someone says something mean and you answer back nicely anyway, you can end a fight most easily.
Write PEACE at the bottom of your arc in small letters going downward.
Next is Patience.
Draw the fourth arc in your rainbow in green.
Patience is giving grace to others (even people that aren’t easy to get along with) and loving them even when they make mistakes. How perfectly God shows us this. He is SO patient with us when we mess up time and time again.
You have to have an awfully lot of patience with school! You have to wait for others, finish work when you’d rather be playing! Whenever you have to wait for things you can think “I’m practicing God’s patience!”
Write PATIENCE at the bottom of your arc in small letters going downward.
Kindness and goodness are sort of alike.
Draw the fifth arc in your rainbow in blue.
Both involve being nice to people – even when they’re aggravating you! That’s hard, but Jesus managed to be kind and good, even when he was dying on the cross. He said, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” If we could be that kind, the world would be a much more peaceful place.
Kindness is being friendly, loving, thoughtful, and considerate valuing others above ourselves and looking to the interests of others.
Write KIND and GOOD at the bottom of your arc in small letters going down.
Next is Faithfulness.
Draw the sixth arc in purple.
Faithfulness is being dependable, trustworthy, and loyal in our relationship with God and other people.
Faithfulness means that you forgive your friends when they hurt or annoy you. You don’t gossip about them. You don’t find new friends every time there’s a disagreement. You stay faithful to them.
Write FAITHFULNESS at the bottom of your arc in small letters going down.
Next is gentleness.
Draw the seventh arc in brown.
School can be a really loud place. As Christians we don’t want to add to the wrong kind of loudness. We don’t want to interrupt or speak loudly to outdo someone. Gentleness is being loving, tender, calm, and humble in the things you say and do instead of being harsh or mean. It is a mildness or meekness (quiet, gentle) of spirit.
Write GENTLENESS at the bottom of your arc in small letters going down.
Last but not least: Self control.
Draw the eighth arc in pink.
Self-Control isn’t always easy. It means fighting against the temptation to sin and keeping our emotions, thoughts, and actions in control. Self-Control is saying no to the things that are not good for you and yes to what is good for you. It means listening and acting how God wants you to rather than reacting or doing what you want to do.
Write SELF CONTROL at the bottom of your arc in small letters going down.
Our words, thoughts, and actions are powerful and can be used for so much good, but as we learned when we talked about Kindness they can easily hurt others if we aren’t careful. Thankfully God wants to help us put self-control into action!
When we are tempted we can stop, think, and pray for God to help us obey Him.
Stop what I’m doing.
Think about how my actions, thoughts, words will impact others.
Pray for help to obey God.
We’re sort of like a rainbow of color!
If we take all the fruits of the spirit to school with us people will see Jesus in us through those fruits, and they will want Jesus for themselves. The Fruit of the Spirit can help us make a difference in this world.
Write Fruits of the Spirit Rainbow across the top of your paper.
Let’s post these on our bedroom wall, somewhere that you’ll see them first thing when you wake up. Or maybe try the ceiling! If we practice two of them at a time for a whole day, after a month, we ought to be very good at them!
Draw a sun to the side of your rainbow. And then, the love of God will be able to shine through us!
Here’s what will be important for us all year long:
- We want to remain Christians and act like Christians;
- We want others to see God’s love in us.
- Galatians 5:22-23 can help us in school if we remember the fruits of the spirit.
- God’s love can shine through us if we remember the fruits of the spirit
What is one “fruit” you think you have a lot of in your life?
What is one fruit you want to work on and try to have more of?
Family Fun: “Fruit of the Spirit” Bingo Review Game
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that we get to go back to school and be filled with knowledge and wisdom. Please help us, Lord, to show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Help us to use the fruit of the Spirit to show others what your love looks like. In Jesus’ name, Amen.