The parable of the seeds (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23)
This week we continue to explore what being a Pentecost people is – a people alive with the spirit of God who are sent out into the world to share the Good News. From Intergen Australia
Godly play story
Here is a Godly Play session outline for telling the story of the parable of the sower. The session includes some great wondering questions and gives the children the opportunity for their own spiritual enquiry -- rather than spoon feeding them the answers.
A beautiful print image from Rev. Sarah West, from Visio Lectio
Download w/ background
The parable of the sower is not only very familiar, but is also the one parable Jesus "explains" in detail. Is there anything left for us to glean from it, then - any new way of applying it to our lives? Reverend Michael Godfrey, from the Diocese of Dunedin, talks with Lisa, Andrew and Sally (joining us from NSW), to dig deep and come up with some intriguing answers!
My seed plant
What you need:
the template, paper cups, green pipe cleaners, green card/paper, coloured paper and other bits and pieces that you think might be useful for decorating, a bag of potting mix, glue, tape, pens and crayons
What to do:
Planting seeds game
What you need:
Paper, a bag of counters or something to represent ‘seeds’
Using the templates below, photocopy 9 of each of the four templates. Shuffle them up and then spread them out face down in a grid (6 x 6)
What to do:
good soil brings forth a hundredfold of grain.
May we be that soil; vibrant, deep and teeming with life.
This we ask in God’s name,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
who live and reign, one God, now and forever.
Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43)
Parables of growth
Do you ever get confused as to which seed or planting parable Jesus is talking about? This parable, spoken to the disciples (rather than a wider crowd of listeners), comes in a chapter full of growth parables, and it can be helpful to locate where this story falls:
1-9 The Parable of the Sower
10-17 Jesus explains His use of parables
18-23 Jesus explains the Parable of the Sower
24-30 The Parable of the Weeds
31-32 The Parable of the Mustard Seed
33 The Parable of the Yeast
34-35 Matthew talks about Jesus' use of parables.
36-43 Jesus explains the Parable of the Weeds
Thanks to the Church of Scotland worship resources for helping anchor this story within the wider teaching of Jesus!
A resource from Intergen Australia. They say: "This week were are almost at the conclusion of our journey through the Matthew 10-13 stories that invite us to Check Our Hearts. Following Jesus is a balancing act we do each and every day making micro adjustments to keep us on the path. Sometimes though we lose our way. This week our activities help us to think about different ways we can find our way back to the path when we get lost." Written and compiled by Rev Amanda Nicholas.
Worship and sermon ideas
The Church of Scotland have some great thoughts around this parable, and you find them here. They also archive all their worship material on this Sanctuary First website
This parable may need some sensitivity and thought in sharing with children. This talk from Sunday school network has a creative way of explaining what weeds symbolise, using green crepe paper strips to act out the story.
Some ideas from Sunday School works
The Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 13:31-33,44-52)
What is the Kingdom of Heaven like? In today's reading, Jesus gives four stories of what the Kingdom of God is like: a mustard seed, yeast, treasure in a field, and a net full of fish.
In Matthew 13 Jesus talks about what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.He uses many different images and there does not seem to be a clear answer.
Doodle through the Bible
A colourful doodle of today's Bible passage, from Doodle through the Bible.
You an download a full colour and Colouring Page
Intergenerational material and ideas compiled by Rev Amanda Nicholas for Intergen.au
You will need:
What you do:There are a few different ideas on how to play games using the treasure props
The Kingdom of God: How do we understand Jesus when he talks about it, especially when he does so through stories which may be open to so many interpretations? Bishop Kelvin (former bishop of Dunedin Diocese), Rev Peg Riley and Jonathan join Rev Michael Godfrey, and they have a few surprises for us as they approach some familiar parables in perhaps unfamiliar ways!
And some wonderful 'Gospel Conversations extra!" A bonus 3 minutes that bring some reflections of mustard, yeast and the kingdom of God. This week, for example, Bishop Kelvin gives us a wonderful way of understanding the yeast in the dough towards the end of the 3 minutes, so if that interests you, have a listen!
You can either print out the hand out attached for each child, and play individually, in groups, or set up 2 large battleship grids on the floor of your room! Depending on the age of your children, you might like to discern the best way to play this game. You could always have individual sheets printed out as a take home activity too, giving children 2 copies each.
The idea in battleships is to find the opponents ships and sink them. Each team gets to decide where their ships go.
We have replaced the ships in this game with treasure to find! Each treasure is a slightly different size, so the hardest treasure to find will be the mustard seed.
How to play treasure battleships
Prayer, inspired by Matthew 13:31-33
Dear Lord God
we thank you for mustard seed
and for the wonders of yeast
and for how these things teach us about your love.
Lord, plant your seed into our lives,
help us work your yeast into our hearts
that wonderful things may happen.
We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.
~ written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on Kir-shalom.
A Lego animation by a children's church in the US
A talk on YouTube about the kingdom of heaven being like a mustard seed
Treasure in a field animation from Max 7