Christian Education

Sunday School at Home for May 2 2021

The True Vine

AT-HOME LESSON_

Theme: To bear fruit, we must be connected to Jesus.

Scripture: John 15:1-8

Complete Supply List:

A lamp

An extension cord

A tree branch

“Meet the Vine” video

Something to play the video

Toothpicks - two per child

Green and red grape bunches

Paper plates - one per child

Napkins - one per child

 

The Children’s Sermon

You’ll Need:

A lamp

An extension cord

A tree branch

Get Ready: You will need to be near an outlet. Make sure your lamp is NOT plugged in as you begin the children’s sermon.

Do This:

SAY: I’m sure you all know the song, "This Little Light of Mine." I’m going to sing it, and I want you to sing along. While we do, I’ll hold up this light and shine it all around. (Start to sing the song, but stop when you notice that the light isn't shining.) What’s wrong? My light isn't shining. (Wait until someone notices that it isn't plugged in.) Oh, the problem is, my light isn't plugged in. (Plug the lamp in).

Now that we’re plugged in, let’s try it again. (Lead kids in singing.)

That was much better with the lamp shining brightly. It's pretty hard for a light to shine when it isn't connected to the power source. Actually, it’s not just hard; it’s impossible!

It reminds me of something Jesus said in the Bible. He told His disciples a story to help them understand why it’s important to stay connected to Him. But He didn’t use a lamp. In His example there was a grapevine. A vine is a plant with a lot of branches growing out from it. The branches have fruit on them. So grapevines have grapes on them.

Think about a branch that’s been broken off of a tree or a vine. (Hold up tree branch). What happens to it? It withers up and dies. It can’t ever have fruit on it again; it’s not good for anything except firewood. (Discard broken tree branch).

Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in Me, you will have much fruit, but apart from Me, you can do nothing." Jesus wants us to produce fruit. Good fruit, like kindness, generosity, and faithfulness. Most of all, He wants us to love others as He has loved us.

But we can’t do it on our own. Just as the lamp must be plugged in before its light can shine, and just as the branches must be connected to the vine before they can produce fruit, you and I must stay connected to Jesus to produce the good fruit that God expects of us.

PRAY: Dear God, help us remember that we need to stay plugged into Jesus if we’re going to produce the kind of fruit you expect. In Jesus' name, amen.

Meet the Vine

You’ll Need:

Meet the Vine” video

Do This:

Show them the video.

ASK:

Explain what you learned about the Vine.

How can knowing about the Vine change the way you live?

Grapevine Snacks

You’ll Need:

Toothpicks - two per child

Green and red grape bunches

Paper plates - one per child

Napkins - one per child

Do This:

SAY: (Hold up a grape bunch.) Do you see how these grapes are attached tightly to the vine? When they fall off, they lose the nutrients they need. Let’s make our own grapevine snacks with our toothpicks and grapes.

Follow these steps to make the “Grapevine Snacks”:

Give each child a paper plate, a napkin, and a couple of toothpicks.

Instruct kids to attach as many grapes as they can to their toothpicks.

Invite kids to count their grapes and see if anyone has more than anyone else.

Enjoy! Warning - grapes are a choking hazard for younger kids. Even though

these are grade school kids, watch kids closely as they eat their grapes.

ASK:

What fruits have you seen Jesus grow in your life?

What fruits do you most want Jesus to grow in your life? Why?

Vine Cups

You’ll Need:

Small paper cups - one per child

Soil

Markers

Tomato seeds

Water

Do This:

To make the “Vine Cups” have kids follow these steps:

Give each child a cup.

Invite kids to decorate their cups with today’s memory verse.

Instruct kids to put some soil in their cups.

Have them add a couple of tomato seeds and cover them with more soil.

Instruct kids to put a bit of water on their seeds.

SAY: What are the tomatoes connected to? They grow on a vine. Take your tomato plant home and be sure to give it plenty of sun and water. Check it daily for growth and report back on how your plant is doing. When your plant gets bigger, you may need to replant it in the ground. How exciting to see if you can grow some tomatoes on your vines.