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Gentleness Bible Lesson

"But the fruit of the Spirit is, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23a Our children's Church has been doing a unit on the fruit of the Spirit.  Each week we learn one of the components on that list. This lesson is about gentleness. Here is the story I adapted focusing on Jesus' gentleness.  As with all scripture there are many facets to each episode.  There are tons we can learn from them but when you teach children, consider the age and the maturity level of your kids. We are teaching 4-7 year olds and some of our 4 year olds are very "young".  So this story has been adapted, not changing scripture but just being wise about what information a young child needs to know. In this passage we see Jesus being gentle with a sinful woman. There are several scriptures portraying Jesus as gentle.  You could choose any of them.  For this unit the curriculum outline we follow uses this

Sermon Notes Books for Kids and How to make an 8 page mini book.

I made these sermon notes books for our kids attending “big church” and they loved them.  You can get the original free file from here . As I was cleaning out the quiet bags at church this week I decided to do something different and so I shrunk them down and made mini-books.  I love little things and kids do too! I got the idea when my little 4-year old friend was visiting me.  She brought me a scrap sheet of paper and I quickly made it into a little 8-page mini book for her to draw in. She loved it! So that got me to thinking about our quiet bags and sermon notes. So I got busy reformatting the half-sheet books onto one sheet and here’s how the books look now. The inside pages… The back… Aren’t they cute? The best thing is that they are made from only one sheet of paper. Here’s my free mini-sermon notes printable.  Want to know how to make an 8 page mini book? Here's a tutorial. I’ve used this mini-book template for years for so many different things!

Quiet Bags - Sermon Notes for Kids

Our church supplies a "quiet bag" to help little ones stay occupied during church.  We keep it simple with coloring pages, a small toy, and some colored pencils.  No markers or crayons are allowed. :) I decided to make some little booklets "Sermon Notes"  that the kids can write and draw in then take home. I'll show you what I made.  These are VERY simple and I'll change them up from time to time. I designed them with reader/writers and non-reader/writers in mind. I just used an inexpensive graphics program that I've had for years. Cover front A place to draw, read and listen Favorite song - write or draw a worship picture. A chance to write about God. A place to draw about God and favorite things. Note: I actually stapled these in the wrong order - Oops! Cover back.   Here is a printable version , without our church name on the cover if you would like to use these in your church. Please let me know if you use this f