Good Morning everyone!
I hope that you've had a good week at home with your families.
Today we are going to be learning about patience being a fruit of the spirit, which is definitely something that I continue to ask God for, especially as we are all home right now, in each others spaces and trying to learn how to do school etc from home..
Let's begin this morning with some songs. If you want you can get up and do the actions along with the kids in the videos.
So last week we learnt about peace, and this week we are learning about patience. Patience is when we wait calmly. When we are friends with God he helps us wait patiently.
Can you guys think of anything that you guys had to wait patiently for this past week?
I had to wait at traffic lights and in grocery lines this past week… those are just small examples of things to wait for. Sometimes we have to wait for summer trips, or birthday surprises, or perhaps we had to wait for our younger brother or sisters to be born!
We all have to wait. Sometimes we aren’t good at waiting, but God can help us be patient.
Today we’ll read in the Bible about a man named Jacob who waited patiently for years and years. God helped Jacob be patient because he was a friend of God, and God helps us be calm as we wait for something we want or need.
Waiting can be hard! Our friend Awesome Andy doesn’t like waiting either. Let’s see how he solves his patience problem.
If you could make it snow right away, what would you want to do in the snow?
Andy wanted snow so he could use his rocket-powered tri-ski-scooter invention now. But Cami said, “Sometimes a great idea won’t work because it’s just not the right time.”
Once we had planned a trip but we ended up leaving later that I had hoped. At first I was upset that I had to wait for other people to be ready to go, but it turned out that there was quite a bad accident on one of the roads that we were going to be taking and so because we left late we actually knew about the accident before we got to that road, and we were able to avoid it rather than be stuck in lots of traffic for hours.
Andy came up with an idea for another fun invention while he waits for snow. What can you do while you’re waiting?
In today's bible lesson we’re going to earn about Jacob. Lets read Genesis 29:1-6 together
“Then Jacob went on his journey and came into the land of the people of the east. 2 As he looked, he saw a well in the field and three flocks of sheep lying by it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. A large stone was on the well’s opening. 3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds rolled the stone from the well’s opening, watered the sheep, then put the stone back on the well’s opening in its place.
Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where are you from?”
And they said, “We are from Harran.”
Then he said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?”
And they said, “We know him.”
He said to them, “Is he well?”
And they said, “He is well, and here is Rachel his daughter coming with the sheep.””
After meeting Rachel, Jacob fell in love with her, and he worked out a deal with Rachel’s dad so he could marry her.
“Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.”
Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me.” So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.”
Seven years is a long time. Think about it: If you’re 7 years old now, that’s basically your whole life! ..and seven years from now, you’ll be a teenager. That’s a long time to be patient.
If you had to do extra chores from now until you’re 14, what would you want in return?
Jacob really wanted to marry Rachel, but he had to be patient. God gave Jacob the patience to work hard for seven long years that seemed like only a few days to Jacob. Finally, the wedding day came.
After the wedding, Jacob realized that Rachel’s dad had tricked him! Instead of marrying Rachel, Jacob had married her big sister, Leah! The Bible doesn’t tell us how he didn’t know. Maybe she was wearing a veil. Maybe it was dark. But either way, he didn’t realize it until it was too late!
How do you think Jacob felt having been tricked?!
But Rachel’s dad worked out another deal. He told Jacob that he could marry Rachel the next week if he promised to work another seven years after that.
Being patient is NOT easy! But there’s good news: We don’t have to just try to be more patient. When we stay close friends with Jesus, patience is a gift he gives us through God’s Holy Spirit. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. He gave Jacob patience, and he can give us patience, too.
The bible verse that we're learning and trying to memorize is from Galatians 5:22-23
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Activity - Bottle Flip
Who has heard of the game bottle flip?
If you want, you can play this game now. Grab a closed bottle of water, hold it by the neck/lid, toss it up a few inches so it flips and hopefully lands upright on the tabletop. Keep tossing and count how many times you can get your bottle to land upright.
Why did this game take patience?
What happened as you kept trying and trying?
Patience is more than just patiently waiting for something to happen. Patience can also mean not giving up and to keep trying. As you tried and tried, you figured out some strategies for getting the bottle to land upright - or maybe you’ll have to keep trying ?
What’s something you’ve learned to do in your life that you had to try again and again before you got it right?
I remember having to practice and practice taking corner kicks for my soccer team, and then having lesson after lesson to learn how to drive.
Whether it’s learning to flip a bottle, learning to tie our shoes, or waiting for a whole week for the weekend, things don’t always happen as fast as we’d like. But when we’re patient and keep trying, we learn and grow new skills. Jacob showed amazing patience, and with God’s help, we can, too.
Popsicle sticks (10)
large clothespin (1)
Items to decorate the sticks (Stickers/Markers)
A sandwich-size resealable plastic bag (1)
Gather the materials and decorate the popsicle sticks.
After you’ve finished making the game, drop the sticks haphazardly on a table, and then pick them up one at a time with the clothespin, and drop them in the bag.
It will take some practice, trying different ways, and maybe a lot of patience!
Waiting is hard. It helps to have something to do while we wait.
When might you use this game to help you be patient? Perhaps on a long car ride? or while we have to wait at a doctors appointment or something?
Lots of things, like this game, can help us be more patient while we wait. God helps us be patient, too.