Sunday School at Home for March 20, 2022

Bearing Good Fruit

Theme: Fruit trees are expected to bear fruit and so are we.
Scripture: Luke 13:1-9
Complete Supply List
● A potted plant
● An orange
● A round, orange piece of paper
● Tape
● Yarn or string
● “Bearing Good Fruit” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Fruit snack gummies
● Paper
● Pens
● Chairs
● A Bible

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● A potted plant
● An orange
● A round, orange piece of paper
● Tape
● Yarn or string

Do This:
SAY: (Show the orange.) Today we’re going to talk about fruit. In the Bible, Jesus
said He wants us to bear fruit like a tree bears, or grows, fruit. So go ahead. Let’s
see you bear some fruit. (Pause.)
Okay, okay. Jesus didn’t mean it quite that way. But before we talk about the fruit
Jesus was talking about, let’s think about how a tree bears fruit. (Have kids gather
around the potted plant. Tape the orange piece of paper to it.) Is this bearing fruit?
(Pause for responses.)
It’s just paper, so the plant didn’t really grow fruit, did it? How about this? (Attempt
to tie the orange onto the tree, and allow kids to respond.)

ASK:
● Is the plant bearing fruit now?
● What has to happen for a tree to really grow fruit?
The tree needs to be a fruit tree, first of all. And then it needs sun, water, and
maybe some fertilizer. In the Bible, Jesus told a story about a man who planted a
fruit tree, and the tree didn’t grow fruit for three years. The gardener told the man,
“That tree isn’t growing any fruit. Cut it down. It’s taking up space in the garden.”

ASK:
● Why do you think the gardener would want to get rid of this tree?
The gardener wanted space for trees that would grow fruit. So he gave the man
one more year to water it and take care of it, hoping it would grow fruit.
Like that fruit tree, Jesus says He wants us to grow fruit. Fruit for us is like
characteristics or qualities that show we’re really His followers. But like a tree
must actually be a fruit tree to bear fruit, we have to be Jesus’ followers before we
can bear fruit. In the Bible, Jesus tells us to turn away from our wrong choices and
believe in Him. Then, like a tree that has the right water and sun to grow fruit, we
too, can grow “fruit.” We’ll learn more about that today.

PRAY: Dear God, we admit we make wrong choices. We want to follow You. Help us
to bear good fruit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “Bearing Good Fruit” video lesson
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.

ASK:
● Explain what might motivate you to bear fruit.
● What are some good fruits you’d like to bear?

A Fruit Snack

You’ll Need:
● Fruit snack gummies
● A Bible

Do This:
Follow these steps to make the snacks:
● Give each child some fruit snack gummies.
● Remind kids that Jesus says when they’re His friends, they’ll grow good “fruit,”
or grow and change in ways that shine His light to others.
● As kids enjoy their snacks, read aloud Galatians 5:22-23, and explain that those
are some good fruit Jesus can grow in them.
● Invite kids to share ways they think God’s grown them since they’ve believed in
Jesus.

SAY: Jesus grows us into loving, caring, joyful kids when we believe in Him and we
show we trust Him by following Him.

Fruit Basket Upset

You’ll Need:
● Paper
● Pens
● Chairs
● A Bible

Do This:
Follow these steps to play the game:
● Have kids sit on chairs in a circle.
● Have everyone write their two favorite fruits on the paper.
● Choose one child to be the first caller, and remove that child’s chair from the
circle.
● Explain that he or she will call a fruit, and if the child wrote down that fruit, he
or she must get up and move to a different seat. When this happens the caller
will try to get a seat. The person left without a seat is the next caller.
● The caller can name one fruit, a combination of multiple fruits, or if he or she
says “fruit basket upset,” then everyone must move to a different chair.
● Play about five rounds, and then have kids write a fruit of the Spirit that they
would like Jesus to grow in them.
● Play several rounds using the fruits of the Spirit.

SAY: Great job! Jesus grows fruit in us when we take time to get to know Him and
learn to follow Him!

Complete Supply List
● A potted plant
● An orange
● A round, orange piece of paper
● Tape
● Yarn or string
● “Bearing Good Fruit” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Fruit snack gummies
● Paper
● Pens
● Chairs
● A Bible
 

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