Kindness and Goodness!
This week we are looking at the next 2 fruits of the spirit which are “Goodness” and “Kindness”.
For goodness I have chosen the apple. Perhaps you have heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Maybe your mum of dad say it to you. Basically, it means that eating an apple, or fruits and vegetables in general, are good for your health and indeed help improve your health and therefore you don’t need to go to see the doctor.
In the same way that an apple is good for us, God wants us to do good deeds for others. This may be helping your brother or sister with their homework, maybe helping your mum or dad around the house, calling in with a neighbour or elderly relative, praying for someone. So, remember the next time you eat an apple at break time that it is a reminder of God’s goodness to us and how he wants us to share that goodness with others.
Now for kindness, I have chosen plums. In my sister’s garden there is a fairly small and insignificant looking plum tree but every summer it is absolutely full of beautiful plums. My sister picks these and makes jam and chutney, she freezes some, gives some to her neighbours. There is so much fruit every single year that she almost struggles to use it all.
Now when I think of kindness I think of God’s kindness. He looks out for us and wants the best for us today and every day. In the same way God wants us to be kind and loving towards others. In the book of Ephesians chapter 4 verse 31-42 it says “Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you”
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If you have been watching the online services, you will know that Gavin has been talking about “The Fruits of the Spirit”. Now we are going to have a little look at this also and hopefully at the end come up with some fun activities for you to do at home. But what are fruits of the spirit?
Everyone has a favourite fruit – right? Some people like apples, some like citrus fruits such as oranges, mandarins, tangerines. Some like berries – strawberries, raspberries. Some like more exotic fruits such as pineapples, mangoes, passion fruit. We have so much choice.
So I thought it would be fun to find a piece of fruit to represent each of the fruits of the spirit.
So what does it mean when Paul in the bible talks about “Fruits of the Spirit . Well he is talking about the fruits that grow in our lives. When we are following Jesus – people will be able to see these fruits in us. What are the “Fruits of the Spirit”?? Can you name them??
Well, let’s start with love. When I think about the word love I think of a heart – so the fruit I have chosen is a strawberry because it is red just like a heart. Think of someone that loves you no matter what. You can make mistakes and it doesn’t matter what you look like they still love you. God loves us too – no matter what. God wants us to love others and he wants us to love him and to share his love with the world.
Have a think about how you can show love to others. Maybe its as simple as sharing a toy, talking to the new person at school who has no friends. Filling a shoebox for Samaritans Purse is a great way of showing love to others.
Next we have Joy. I think we should use the orange to represent joy. If you peel an orange into segments and place the segment on its side – it kind of looks like a smile – like this
Joy is all about smiles and the happiness that God gives us. Joy is knowing that no matter what happens, good or bad, God is in control. Even when we are sad, we can have joy knowing that God is looking out for us.
Next is peace.
For peace I have chosen grapes – mainly because peace sounds like peas and peas are small and round (sorry I know this is a bit strange but it’s just how my mind works!!)
When we think of peace, we usually think of no more fighting or war.
Sometimes when life is really busy we just want some peace. Maybe you have heard of the phrase “peace and quiet” – some time out to forget about everything that’s going on in your life. But peace is also something we can share. When we get to know God really well, he gives us a sense of peace. This is like a calmness inside. We can bring peace to bad situations by doing good and loving others.
For patience, I have chosen a pineapple. Pineapples are not particularly hard to grow however the plant will not produce fruit until it is at least 2 years old. Even when the flower appears, the time from the first flower to the edible fruit is approximately 6-7 months – now that is a long time to wait and requires a lot of patience. In the end however you are able to enjoy the one of the sweetest juiciest fruits you have ever tasted.
Now, we all face moments in our lives when our patience wears thin – either with ourselves, others and even sometimes with God. Maybe we don’t want to wait until we can have that new toy or phone or maybe you’ve prayed to God to help you with a situation but nothing has changed. Being patient is a vital part of trusting God – knowing that he has a plan for each and every one of us. What we want is not necessarily what God wants for us. God does answer prayers – but we have to be patient.
Sunday School meets every Sunday during the second half of our morning worship service after the children’s address and hymn.
There are two age groups:
- Senior Sunday School for girls and boys from school years 4 to 7; and
- Beginners for girls and boys from school years 1 to 3.
With support from the whole congregation, we filled 117 shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child 2019 Appeal. The boxes from Regent Street Presbyterian Church were delivered to children in the Middle East. Thank you to everyone who helped!
Last year Sunday School raised £337 in our Brown Money Appeal. This was given to Homestart to help with the excellent work they do in the local community.
This year, money raised from the appeal is going to Christian Aid. Our target is to see how many animal gifts we can buy – sheep, goats, chickens etc. If you would like to help, our brown money appeal box can be found in the church vestibule at the left hand side as you enter.
Many thanks to everyone who contributes.