This third lesson, of a series of four, about the parable of the sower
will help the children discover how truly wonderful the Word of
God is and how we must not let worry, selfishness, or greed steal it away.
KIDS ARRIVE (15 minutes)
children make a list of things that may make them worry. Examples
may be such things as storms, sickness, first day of school, making
new friends, being good at sports, etc. Before class starts combine
their lists and write them on the whiteboard. Then tell them that
no matter what we may be worried about, God can and will help us
get through it.
|OPENING PRAYER AND PRAISES
(5 minutes) Further info? Click here
|MEMORY WORK (6 minutes)
|The following verse tells us to go into the world and
plant some spiritual seeds.
into all the world and preach the good news to all creation"
|SCRIPTURE READING AND DISCUSSION
Today's lesson reminds us that we should keep God first in our lives.
We will see how the thorns declared war on the growing plants and
choked them out. There are many things in this world that compete
for our time; many of them will try to draw our attention away from
God. We need to weed out the things in our lives that keep our relationship
with God from growing.
Matthew 13:7, 22 (Parable
of the Sower - seed that fell among thorns)
Give each child a copy of the handout (Click
here for handout) or have the kids find Matthew 13:7, 22 in
their Bibles. Ask for volunteers to read the passage or if you prefer,
read the passage to the children yourself.
1. In our story today, where did the seeds fall? (among the thorns)
2. What happened to the seed that fell among the thorns? (it got
choked out, by the thorns.)
3. What are some things that we worry about? (sickness, school,
4. Should we let these worries become more important than God? Why
or why not? (No, God is able to help us)
5. Let's list some of our favorite things: toys, sports, food, and pets.
Should these things have higher priority in our lives than God? (Video games, football, pizza, dog. No, God
should have top priority.)
6. How can we be sure we spend time with God each day? (set time
aside each day, make it important)
7. What are some ways we can include God in our daily lives? (pray,
read the Bible, be thankful, sing)
|CLASS EXERCISE (20 minutes)
|So Don't Worry (Activity)
the Word (Song) Click here
|ALTERNATE CLASS EXERCISE (15 minutes)
|Idol Time (Activity)
|APPLICATION (2 minutes)
|Many people hear the Good News, which is the gift of
salvation, but they are more worried about their day to day activities.
They spent a lot of their time trying to get more money. They think
that the more money they have, the happier they'll be. Sadly this just
isn't true. Seeking the things of this world is like the seed that
fell among thorns. People can only be truly happy when they have a
genuine relationship with God, through His one and only Son, Jesus
|Be sure to come next week! We'll show you a math illustration
that's sweeter than candy!
|CLOSING PRAYER (2 minutes)
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|TAKE HOME PAGE
|Give one copy to each child at the end of the class
to take home. Click here for NIV or KJV