Collective Worship

The Story of Joseph – part 3

Children’s Church

The parable of the sower – Matthew 13: 3 – 9

Jesus used stories which he called parables to teach the disciples about the what the kingdom of God was like. Sometimes the parables were easy to understand, sometimes they were really difficult and there isn’t always just one meaning. Jesus liked telling stores about every day things that people knew about and he liked talking about God’s creation. This is a parable or story about a farmer who sowed some seed. The seed was all the same but it didn’t grow the same because the sed fell into different soils. Read the story with your grown up and have a go at the activities.

Then Jesus used stories to teach them many things. He said: “A farmer went out to plant his seed. While he was planting, some seed fell by the road. The birds came and ate all that seed. Some seed fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t enough dirt. That seed grew very fast, because the ground was not deep. But when the sun rose, the plants dried up because they did not have deep roots. Some other seed fell among thorny weeds. The weeds grew and choked the good plants. Some other seed fell on good ground where it grew and became grain. Some plants made 100 times more grain. Other plants made 60 times more grain, and some made 30 times more grain. Let those with ears use them and listen!”

Activities

Activity 1

Screw up lots of little balls of paper.
Get a waste bin and stand 2-3 metres away (depending on how hard you want to make the game). Set a timer for 30 seconds. How many balls of paper can you get in the bin in the time?
Explain that the balls of paper are the seeds of our belief in Jesus that we want to get into good soil.

Activity 2

You will need:
Tissue paper
cupcake liners
Markers
stickers
Scissors
Glue
sticks or pipe cleaners
Cup or pot for display

Use markers to decorate the cupcake liners.
Fold tissue paper using an “accordion-style” back and forth fold. Carefully arch the paper to create a circular “flower” shape.
Add additional decorations as desired.
Use pipe cleaners or sticks for “stems” to attach the flowers onto something sturdy.
Display in a cup or pot as desired.

Activity 3

You will need
Small pot or cup
Small seeds (cress seed is ideal)
Soil
Markers (Sharpies recommended)

Using permanent markers, write and/or draw on the pot or cup.
Place a small amount of soil in the bottom of the cup or pot.
Place a bean or seeds into the soil. Add more soil on top.
Give the plant a small amount of water. Place a dish or plate underneath it, to catch the excess soil and water. Place in sunshine and enjoy!

Activity 4

Birdseed
small cup water
1 small sachet of gelatin
Ribbon, or string,
Cookie cutters
Greasproof paper
Baking sheet
Straws

Add an envelope of gelatine to a pan. Then add the water and bring it to a simmer, while stirring, until all the gelatine is dissolved.
Next add 1 cup of birdseed to a bowl and pour in the gelatine and water mix.
Place some greaseproof paper on top of a baking sheet.  Then lay your cookie cutters on top of the paper and  spoon the birdseed mixture all the way to the top.
The mixture is really sticky, so take the back of your spoon to make sure the mixture is packed really tightly, and to smooth out the top.
Next, use a straw to poke a hole through the top of each cookie cutter shapes.  Make sure that it goes all the way through because this is the hole you will use to string your ribbon  for hanging.   Leave the straw in while the mixture is drying
Allow the mixture to dry inside the cookie cutters overnight.  Then slowly slide them out of the cookie cutters, remove the straws and string ribbon through them to hang on a tree.

THROUGH THE WEEK

Make a picture book of different seeds (you can look at beans and things in the garden) and then draw what they grow into. You might be surprised at the size some things grown from tiny little seeds.