Welcome to my Children’s Ministry Page
Over my 25 years in ministry I wrote and presented literally hundreds of children’s message
Here you’ll find one them every week to ten days, for you to use as you is or feel free to adapt it to your ministry needs.
I have added notes to each message to assist you, which include; the bible verse the message uses or references, supplies needed for each lesson, and ideas for handouts for the children to remember the message.
These message are all Gospel based to help the children know Jesus is their Lord and Savior. I utilize true stories as well as imagery to make Jesus come alive in their minds.
I pray you not only enjoy these messages, but that you are able to share them with the children in your church.
(Can be led by a youth leader, Pastor, or a parent with their child.)
“Planting the seed of the Gospel.”
Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First, a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally, the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”
(For this message, you’ll need a large apple and a sharp knife to cut the apple in half. At the end of the message give each child a regular size apple to help them remember the story)
“Who knows what this is? (Hold up the large apple)
That’s right, it’s an apple.
How many of you like apples? (Wait for answers)
Have any of you ever heard of a man named Johnny Appleseed? (You may get some replies)
Let me tell you a little about Johnny Appleseed.
Johnny Appleseed wasn’t his real name. His real name was John Chapman. He was born a long time ago in 1774, just before the beginning of the Revolutionary war.
When he grew up, John became a nurseryman, which means he worked with plants and bushes and trees.
But John Chapman especially loved apple trees, and he planted them all around the town he lived in.
Soon John started traveling around the country by foot planting apple trees and giving away apple seeds.
(Cut the apple in half and show the children what an apple seed looks like)
Everyone who met him liked him, and he had lots of friends all over the country.
John became so well known for planting apple trees and sharing their seeds with others that people began to call him Johnny Appleseed.
The story of Johnny Appleseed reminds me of our Bible verse for today.
Jesus told a parable or in our lesson for today, “The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he is asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but the man doesn’t know how it happens.”
Johnny Appleseed was enthusiastic about planting apple seeds in the ground. He’d plant them, and they’d grow into apple trees. God wants you and me to be eager and excited about planting the seed of the Good News of Jesus wherever we go in the hearts and minds of others.
That’s how God’s kingdom grows, by people like you and me planting the seed of God’s love and the forgiveness we receive through Jesus and watching it grow.
How do we plant the seed of the Good News of Jesus in people? Do we make them eat apple seeds? (Answers)
No, of course not. We plant the seeds of the Good News of Jesus by telling others about Jesus and how He died for our sins. We also plant the seeds of the Good News by being kind, helping others, loving others, and serving others just like Jesus did.
Let’s have everyone fold their hands as we pray, repeat after me.
Dear Jesus, please help me to spread the Good News of the Gospel, that Jesus died on the cross for everyone’s sins. Help me to show what Jesus was like, not just through my words, but also through my acts of love, kindness, and through serving others.
Here’s an apple for each. As you eat it remember the story of Johnny Appleseed and how important it is to plant the seeds of God’s love in others.