FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - Preschool Lesson 2

Be Like The Tree By The River! - JOY

Concepts Children Learn:
When I obey God, he produces more fruit in me.
Reading my Bible helps me grow.
God's Spirit helps me share joy with others.

Prep: Mark you Bible with the verses used in the lesson: Psalm 1:1-3; Galatians 5:22. Supplies: Print off the b&w story pages, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or you may use these color story pages instead 2, 3, 5. The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You don't need to read the words on the actual story pages. They are for use as posters or coloring pages). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

Circle Talk Time Skit: You will need your Fruity Bear puppet from last week. You may want to make another one with a sad/grumpy face for the first part of the Circle Talk Time Skit. See Craft Page week 1 for instructions on how to make him. Have an assistant read the part of Fruity Bear or use a little-kid voice to read the part.


Bible Verses: Psalm 1:1-3; Galatians 5:22.

(1) Last week we talked about how some fruit grows on a vine. Does anyone know another way that fruit grows? (Give children a chance to answer). That's right. Some fruit grows on trees! (2) Here is an apple tree with big, red apples on it. But there are also peach trees, orange trees, and lemon trees and plum trees. Even cherries grow on trees. There are all kinds of fruit trees. (3) But did you ever wonder why some fruit trees don't have any fruit, or maybe their fruit is bad? Maybe the fruit never really gets ripe, and it just dries up and falls off. Or maybe the fruit gets rotten with worms or shrivels up. Nobody can eat that kind of fruit. It just has to be thrown out.

(2 again) So, what makes a tree grow tall and have lots of yummy fruit on it? (Give children a chance to answer).That's right - lots of sunshine and water! Let's listen to this verse about trees: (Read Psalm 1:1-3).

(4) Did you ever see trees that are planted by a river? They are the most beautiful trees because they get lots of water! Their roots grow deep into the ground and drink up the water from the river. These trees have beautiful, shiny green leaves. They produce lots of fruit every year! And, each year they grow bigger and bigger, and produce more and more fruit!

Did you know that God wants us to be like that tree by the river that always produces lots of fruit? But what kind of fruit could we produce? Last week we talked about the Fruit of the Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit is all the good things that God's Spirit gives us - things like love and joy and peace. (5) Listen to this verse about the Fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23 (Point to each one as you say the word, and Read Galatians 5:22). Those are all things that God's Spirit produces in us. Don't worry if you don't know what all those words mean. We will learn a new word each week.

So, how can we be like that tree that grows by the river and produces all that wonderful fruit? (6) Well, our first verse tells us that when we listen to what the Bible says (Point to Bible), we will be like the tree by the river that produces a lot of fruit! (Point to the fruit). What else do we need to grow? Well, the verse says that thinking about what we learn from our Bibles, and doing what we learn - that will help us have more fruit too! And, we need God's help to obey. So, we we pray and ask God to help us, and he does! (Point to the girl praying). Praying and doing what the Bible says is like getting all that water and sunshine that the fruit needs to grow.

But, what happens when we listen to the people who are doing bad things, and join them? (3 again) Sometimes we get into trouble because we help them do something wrong. When we do that, it just makes us produce bad fruit - things like fighting and lying and being selfish. That would be like the tree that produces the bad fruit that nobody can eat.

If we want to produce the good fruit, we have to rely on God. We can't do it on our own. (Shake head "no"). His Spirit is the one who produces the good fruit in us when we stay close to him. Today we will focus on the fruit of joy. (2 again) See all the beautiful red apples on this tree? That's how much joy God's Spirit can produce in us! - and even more! That's how much joy I want to have to share with others!

Hey! Look who's here! Its our friend Fruity Bear!

CIRCLE TIME: (What does this mean for me?)

Teacher: Hi Fruity Bear! I see you have a basket again! Can you show us what's in your basket?
Fruity Bear: Yes...I guess so...but I'm feeling grumpy today, so don't ask me too many questions.
Teacher: Oh, ok. Why are you feeling grumpy today?
Fruity Bear: I don't know...I just am.
Teacher: I see. Well, did you bring us some fruit like you said you would last week?
Fruity Bear: it is. (Take the two apples out of his basket, give yourself one, place one on his hand, and take the word "Joy" out and place that in his other hand. He "gives" you the other apple to try).
Teacher: (Pretend to take a bite of the apple). Um-um! This apple is delicious! Thank you for sharing it. You helped me feel joy by sharing with me. Just like that word you are holding: Joy! But, you aren't feeling very joyful, are you?
Fruity Bear: No...I feel bad because I did something wrong. I told my mom a lie. I told her I didn't eat a cookie before dinner last night, when I really did.
Teacher: Well, I know how you can feel better. You can go tell her the truth and tell her that you are sorry.
Fruity Bear: I don't want to.
Teacher: I know, but God wants you to tell the truth. God wants you to make things right with your mom too.
Fruity Bear: Uh....(thinks for a second) Oh, o.k. I'll be back. (Take Fruity Bear away).
Teacher: Well this is a good example to us. When we hide our sin, it makes us feel bad. But, when we do what is right, and tell the truth, and are sorry, then God give us back our joy!
Fruity Bear: I'm back! I told my mom was sorry!
Teacher: I see you are feeling a lot better now. What did she say?
Fruity Bear: She said she forgives me, and that I should just tell her the truth next time. I said I would. Then she gave me a big hug. Then I prayed and told God I was sorry too. And, you know what? He forgave me too!
Teacher: Yes! That's right! God always forgives us when we tell him what we did wrong, and tell him we are sorry. He loves for us to come to him and pray like that.
Fruity Bear: Yeah! Now I see you were right. I think my joy went away. But then God gave it back to me when I prayed! Its just like the verse said. When I lied to my mom, I wasn't thinking about what the Bible says. But when I did what it says, God's Spirit gave me joy again!
Teacher: Yes, I see that! I'm so glad. Its the same for all of us. God gives us joy when we do what he tells us in our Bibles, and when we know he has forgiven us. I'm so thankful that God's Spirit gives us all these wonderful fruits - fruits like love and joy and peace!
Fruity Bear: Me too! Now I want to share my joy with others. Who wants an apple-cinnamon treat?
Teacher: Oh, that sounds wonderful. Let's all go have a fruit snack!
Transition: Let's bow our heads, close our eyes and fold our hands. I'll say the words first and give you time to say them after me if you'd like to.

PRAYER: Dear God,

to listen to what

Thank you for giving me

the Bible teaches,
so many good things. and be like the tree
Like love and joy and peace. planted by the river,
Every good thing That always has lots of fruit!
comes from you. In Jesus' name,

Please help me

Transition: Now we have some fun crafts and activities that go with this lesson. Go To Activities Page for activities. Go to Crafts Page for Week 2 crafts.

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