FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT GOODNESS

Galatians 5:22-23 / Genesis 1 / 1Chronicles 16;34 / Ps 25:8 / Ps 145:7,9 / Ps 33:5 / Ps 107:8,9 / Jeremiah 29:11 / Ps 119:68

 

DECLARE THE WORD OF GOD AT THE CLASSROOM DOOR:

  • The Word of God says GOD IS GOOD TO ALL!(Psalms 145:9)
  • Think of one way that Godhas been good to us?  Give thank to Him!  WRITE THEIR RESPONSES ON THE DOOR CHART BEFORE ENTERING THE CLASSROOM.

 

WORKTABLES: PDF

 

SONGS:

 

LESSON VISUALS:

  • FRUIT OF THE SPIRITposter; basket of plastic fruits; jar of rotting fruit; FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT game GOODNESS vs  EVIL

 

 

LESSON: GOODNESS BOOKLET PDF

  • God is  We see God’s goodness in creation (Genesis 1 “He saw that it was good”), in His laws (Romans 7:12 “right and good”), in His will towards us (Jer 29:11 “plans for good not for evil”)
  • What does goodness look like?  Goodness is kind, safe, pleasant, fair, comforting, polite, perfect, virtuous, healthy… (see Websters 1828 bible based dictionary)
  • In the Bible, God told Adam and Eve that they could eat the fruit of every tree in the garden except the one in the middle of the garden.  The one in the middle of the garden was not good for them.  If they ate it they would die.  But all the other trees grew good fruit that was pleasant, delicious, and would bring them health and life.  You know how that story goes.  They disobeyed God’s command, ate the fruit He told them not to eat, they had to leave the garden and they grew old and died.  God wanted good things for them.  But the sneaky snake wanted them to disobey and die.
  • We all need God’s help to do what is right and good.
  • Psalms 119:68 says, YOU ARE GOOD, AND YOU DO WHAT IS GOOD. Psalms 145:9 says, YOU ARE GOOD TO ALL.  Let’s memorize one of these verses. (flashcards).
  • GOODNESS is a spiritual fruit that grows inside us with God’s help.  Let’s pray.

 

 

PRAYER SUGGESTIONS: PDF

  • WORSHIP (statements about God’s character): GOD IS GOOD
  • THANKSGIVING: Remember His GOODdeeds to each of us personally.  Name one good thing that God has done for you.  Give Him thanks.
  • INVITE CHILDREN TO STAND FOR A BLESSING: 1 Thessalonians 5:15  Jesus, help us to “always try to do what is good for each other and for all people.”

 

 

 

 

PLAY:

  • FREE PLAY: Before you hand out play cards, show them you are setting the FREE PLAY timer(to go off about 5 minutes before parents are expected to arrive (I set it for 11:40 AM in the WD classroom).  The timer will let them know they have 1 more minute to play then everyone will STOP PLAYING and clean up the centers.  After centers are in order, students will be directed to the carpet to pick a book from the shelf and quietly look at the stories until families arrive.  This will be a good lesson on classroom  responsibility.  It also helps students stop playing before parents arrive (facilitates transition).
  • Call the children one at a time to work on the art project: continue tree hand tracings on 8.5×14” paper for those children who have not done the activity (see the hallway posters). Add GOODNESS fruit.

CLOSING DOWN THE CLASSROOM: stack chairs, pick up carpet mats, turn off the heat and lights, wash paint equipment, return teaching materials to packet, turn off battery operated keyboard.