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      THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: JOY!

                                               Galatians 5:22-26 / Psalm 47:1 / 1 Peter 1:8,9 / Luke 2:10 / Philippians 4:4

DECLARE THE WORD OF GOD AT THE CLASSROOM DOOR:

  • We have been talking about fruit… the fruit that grows on trees and the fruit of God’s Spirit that grows inside of us. Today we are thinking about the Fruit of the Spirit… JOY!

  • Let’s shout and clap: “JESUS GIVES ME JOY!”

WORKTABLES: Download PDF

  • Printing Text: JESUS GIVES ME JOY!

  • Worksheet: Drawing a happy face and heart

  • Teach sign language for JOY

  • Lemon workbook/Lemonade taste test

SONGS:  “Christ the Vine PDF”

OPTIONAL SONGS:

LESSON VISUALS:

  • Plastic fruit (assorted)

  • Real lemon, cutting board, safe kids knife

  • Lemonade for taste test

LESSON POINTS: “PDF”

  • Read the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: JOY, JOY, JOY booklet; helper completed discussion responses

PRAYER SUGGESTIONS: “PDF”

  • WORSHIP (statements about God’s character) and PRAISE: JESUS GIVES ME JOY. What has Jesus done that makes you feel joyful? (Write down responses). Give Him thanks!

  • BLESSING PRAYER: Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may OVERFLOW with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!

PLAY IN CENTERS:

  • Release the children one at a time to get their play cards and choose a center. SET FREE PLAY TIMER

  • Call the children one at a time to work on the art project:

  • Hand/arm tracings on 8.5×14” paper for those children who have not done the activity (see the hallway posters)

  • make JOY FRUIT for trees

PREPARE FOR DISMISSAL/KIDS CLEANUP CENTERS:

  • When the timer goes off tell the children they have 1 more minute to finish playing. CHILDREN CLEAN UP CENTER WHERE THEY WERE PLAYING.  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. 

PROGRAM EXTRAS (time permitting):

  • Sponge painting with cut lemon

CLOSING CLASSROOM: Helpers stay until complete

  • Wash paint supplies

  • Turn off heat/AC/lights

  • Stack chairs

  • Pick up carpet mats

  • Collect lesson materials