Sources: Matthew 13:33,44; RPC, chap. 8&10; GS&C, chap. 7; Mark 4:26-29
Ordinary Time between Christmas and Lent
1. The Kingdom of God is alive, growing everywhere,
hidden but you know it’s working, mysterious and irreversible.
2. The Kingdom of God
grows with the help of human action.
3. God animates all growth processes.
4. The image of the grown grain is an image of the diversity of the Kingdom
5. The Kingdom of God
grows in visible stages over time in which there are potential, purpose and goal.
1. To further explore the growth and transformation of the Kingdom
· Visible stages of it’s growth
· Exponential nature of it’s growth
· Surprising abundance of it’s harvest
1. To explore the identity of it’s sower.
2. To see that we are active partners in the Kingdom of
3. To foster wonder and awe.
4. To foster awareness that God is working in us even if we are not aware of it.
1. Wheat grain in a clear glass.
2. Head of wheat in a glued covered glass.
3. Tray to hold 2 glasses.
4. Candle, snuffer, matches, holder for spent matches, mat or table for presentation space.
5. Scripture booklet.
6. Tracing packet.
to the Children:
1. Gather children in a semi-circle around a mat.
2. Place Hidden Treasure box, candle, snuffer, matches on mat.
Jesus talked most when he was on Earth about the Kingdom of God (KOG). And it was
important so he told us in a lot of ways how the KOG was.
is another parable about another seed called grain. Grain is a seed that is sown in fields. When it is grown it has a stalk
with a lot of seeds on it like wheat, barley and oats. You might have heard about it.
(Open box with grain) This is grain. Sowing is planting seeds that are grown.
We can wonder how the grain of seed is like the KOG.
Solemn Reading of the Text
“The Kingdom of Heaven
and the Grain.”
Meditation on Scripture
1. There are some words that you might not be familiar with. He throws seeds on the
ground. It is called broadcasting back in Jesus’ time. He had a pouch and would throw seeds from the pouch unto the
ground. (Demonstrate a broad, sweeping motion of the arm, as if spreading seed)
2. Reaping is gathering in the grain that is grown.
3. Harvesting is bringing in what is ripe and ready.
4. We heard about stages when the grain is grown.
full grain in the ear
Pass the grain. Would you like to take a seed? It grows into a plant, a wheat plant when it is ripe.
There might be 20 seeds in a head. Pass around a head of wheat in a covered glass.
Does the seed grow only when the farmer is watching it grow?
What is the farmer’s job? Water and feed it.
The seed grows night and day while the farmer sleeps. So what happens after it is fully grown? Ground into flour,
Some of it would be fed to the animals, sold or saved.
This goes on year after year.
Read the scripture again.
So from 1 seed he can get 20, 40 or more seeds. What kind of power can cause this? Does the seed grow by itself? I wonder who the farmer is? Jesus said
the KOG is like a grain that gets sown in a field. I wonder what he meant by that.
Responses: (possible response could be silence)
1. Sing a song - “The Kingdom of God”
of the Material:
1. Snuff the candles
2. Show children where the materials go on the parables shelf.
Work with the Materials:
1. Copying the scripture story
2. Original artwork (Encourage children to draw a picture of a farmer)
3. Tracing Packet
4. Reading the scripture story with the materials
5. Sitting at prayer table
Responses (notable things the children say or do):