Children's online activities
together with All Saints, Rayne and The Church in Great Notley (LEP)

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With public worship suspended until the crisis has passed we have created some online activities for children and their families to access to enable them to continue to develop their faith at home. 

This weeks story is 'The Parable of the Sower' 

Matthew 13. 1-9; 18-23

As Jesus travelled around the countryside with his disciples, large crowds often gathered around him to hear him teach. He often taught them by using parables. A parable is a story that Jesus made up to help people understand what he wanted to teach them.

Our Bible story today is one of the parables of Jesus. It is called The Parable of the Sower. It was a story about a man who planted seeds in the field. Listen to the story that Jesus told

The Story:



So many people wanted to see Jesus and hear what he had to say, that he had to sit in a boat and teach the people standing on the shore. He told them many things through parables.

‘Listen!’ Jesus said. ‘A farmer went out to sow his seeds. As he scattered them, some of the seeds fell on the path and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell onto rocky ground. At first they grew quickly, but when the sun came out they got all burnt up because they had no roots in the shallow soil. Other seeds fell among thorns, which grew up around them and choked them. Other seed fell on good soil and they grew into thirty, sixty, a hundred times more wheat. Listen!’ Jesus said again. ‘If you’ve got ears, listen!’

Jesus explained the parable of the sower to the crowd:

‘What did I mean by the seed on the path being eaten up?’ he said. ‘Well, that’s like when the good things that God has planted in our hearts get snatched away by the devil.

And the seed on the rocky path? That’s like when someone hears God’s word and loves it and is full of joy, but their enthusiasm disappears as soon as trouble comes their way.

And the seed among thorns? Well, that’s like when someone hears God’s word but worry and greed take over.

But the seed planted in good soil – ah, the seed in the good soil is like the person who hears God’s word, loves it and lives it, so it produces thirty, sixty, a hundred times more goodness in their lives.’

 

Glossary

devil a personification of evil, also called Satan or ‘the evil one’.

Talk together  

  • Farmers used to sow their seeds by ‘broadcasting’ (throwing the seed as they went). Do you think the seed would land where the farmer wanted it to?
  • What makes a good listener to a story?
  • In the story, what helped the seeds to grow? What helps us to grow as followers of Jesus?

This is the lesson that Jesus wanted his disciples to learn, and it is also the lesson that he wants us to learn today. The seed that the sower was planting in the story represents the teachings of God's Word. Our heart represents the soil where the sower planted the seeds.

Some ideas for crafts and games from today's reading:

 

Do

Play consequences  

Write a mini story together

You will need: a piece of paper and a pencil or pen for each family member. 

  • Sit the group in a circle and ensure everyone has a piece of paper and pen or pencil. Ask everyone to write the first line of their story at the top of the page and fold the paper over so that it cannot be seen.
  • Ask everyone to pass the folded paper on to the person on their left and all write the second line.
  • Repeat the process until the stories have been finished. Then share some of the stories and enjoy!
  • You might like to use the structure below for the story the first time you try this activity.
    1. Write a man’s name.
    2. Met – write a lady’s name.
    3. Where they met.
    4. What he said to her.
    5. What she said to him.
    6. What happened next.

Make

Make a story catcher           

Explore another way of telling a story

You will need: a square of plain paper (about 20cm square) and pens or pencils for each child. Or you can use this template.

  • Help the children fold their square paper into quarters then unfold. Ask them to fold each corner in towards the middle. Turn the paper over so that the folded edges are face down, and now fold each corner in towards the middle again.
  • Write numbers 1 to 8 on each of the folded triangles, then lift the flaps and write the story in eight parts underneath each triangle shape.
  • Flip it over and decorate the folded squares with colours. Place index fingers and thumbs into the squares on each side to fold the story catcher in with the coloured squares on top. (see below).
  • Invite the children to play with one another and use their story catchers (using the structure below).

    You could use the following eight sentences to make the story in your story catcher

    1. Jesus liked telling stories.
    2. Lots of people came to listen to Jesus.
    3. Sometimes the crowds were huge!
    4. Once Jesus told a story about a sower.
    5. The sower sowed seed on different types of ground.
    6. Jesus hid messages in his stories.
    7. The parable of the sower is about how we respond to God.
    8. Parables help us to learn more about God.

    How to play

    1. Choose a colour. Spell out the colour as you move the story catcher
      e.g. yellow = 6 moves.
    2. Choose a number from one of the triangles and move the story catcher that many times.
    3. Choose a number from another triangle and open up for that part of the story.
    Repeat

Story stone   

Decorate a reminder of today’s story

You will need: a protective cloth, paint suitable for painting on stones, brushes, water; a pebble or small stone for your child.

  • Cover your table with a protective cloth, set out the paints, brushes and water, and give a stone to your child.
  • Encourage them to each paint a key word from the story on their stone.
  • Leave to dry .

FLOWER POTS:

Let your child plant a small flower in a ceramic pot or Styrofoam cup and write or glue 'The Parable of the Sower' on the side of the pot.

SEED ART:

Give the children many types of seeds and let them glue the seeds on a piece of coloured construction paper to form "GOD'S WORD"! Remind the children that the seeds in our story today represents GOD'S WORD!

SOIL AND SEED WALK:

Give your child some seeds and take a WALK outside to place those seeds on the 'types' of soil that were discussed in the lesson. The children will NEVER forget this story after taking the WALK!

SEED PLANTING:

Let the children plant some seeds and watch them grow in GOOD SOIL for the next few weeks! Take a picture of the children in front of their NEW pots first and then a picture of the children in front of the pots of flowers after they have grown. Discuss how the seeds will grow in GOOD soil as in our Bible lesson today!

SEED DRAWINGS:

Let the children draw a few big flowers on a sheet of paper and then glue seeds in the middle of the flowers or to form an outline around the flowers. Write'The Parable of the Sower' at the top of their drawings or in little words on the stem and leaves of the SEED drawing.

WEED PICS:

You could have real some real weeds of various types or just pictures of weeds and flowers and let your children try to guess if each item is a WEED or a flower. Talk about the WEEDS in our story and the effect they have on the SEED!

DIRT CUP DESSERTS:

Decorate a small polystyrene cup labelled 'Parable of the Sower'. Let children put a small amount of chocolate pudding in the bottom and sprinkle it with crushed up cookies to look like the soil in today's lesson. Gummy Worms or sunflower seeds could be added to their snack!

See below for more activities and ideas including a worship bulletin which includes a crossword, word search, colouring page and a multiple choice quiz based on the story. Also an additional colouring sheet and an activity home sheet is provided. Enjoy!

                                                     activity sheet  

                                                  colouring sheet

                                                            Parable of the Sower bulletin


Interactive Prayers:

Pray

Fold a prayer 

Share a prayer story

You will need: a piece of paper and a pencil or pen for each family member.  

  • Invite the family to sit in a circle. Give everyone a piece of paper and a pen or pencil, then ask them to write a one-line prayer request at the top of the page (younger children could draw a picture). When they have done this, they should fold over the paper so that the prayer cannot be seen, then pass the paper to the person on their left.
  • Each person should now have a different piece of paper on which they can write another one-line prayer and fold it over again.
  • Encourage the group to pass the paper on several more times until five or six prayers are on the page. Then everyone should stop, unfold and read their prayer.

Live your faith action for children

When you are worried, sad or just very busy this week, find a pebble or small stone and put it in a safe place.
Remember that Jesus can share our worries.

                                     Pyjama Prayers

We loved having our own pyjama prayers for the children  last Sunday via Zoom.The next one will be on Sunday 12th July - Do get in contact for details!  

                                 pyjama prayers


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