Fruit of the Spirit – Week Seven: Faithfulness
I started this series with the girls last year, but we never got around to finishing it. We did the first two lessons of this study last year, and the rest of it this week, so you’ll notice quite a jump in the girls’ skills and understanding. I’ve decided that it’s way past time we get back to the study, and I know some of you are waiting (very patiently – thank you!) for me to finish it. So, over the next few weeks I’ll be posting the last three studies. You can find the previous studies here:
We’ve also had to refresh our memory verses. Take a look at the new memory verse learning system I’m trying.
Main memory verse:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
– Galatians 5:22
Week seven memory verse:
“For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” – Psalm 100:5
Discussion: Talk about what forever means. I asked Angie what she thought it meant and she said, “Forever and ever.”
What is the longest period of time your child can imagine? Angie said 20 years. (At the time we did this lesson, that was as high as she could count.)
If God’s love is forever, what does that mean? “He keeps loving us,” Angie said.
Activity: Time graph. With your children, work out how much time various activities take – driving to school (minutes), watching a movie (hours), waiting for the weekend (days), your children’s ages (years). Cut out strips of paper to represent the length of this time. The final strip of paper should be long enough to go over the end of the page as it represents forever. Angie struggled a bit with this so I arranged the strips of paper for her to stick on the page.
Discussion: Talk about what faithful means. (I asked Angie if she knew what it meant and she said, “It’s something good. Do you know what sin is?”) I explained that faithfulness is basically keeping the promises that you make.
Activity: Fill in your family tree with your children. (I drew the outline of a tree and asked Angie to colour in the leaves. I expected her to use green, but she reached for the pink crayon first and proceeded to decorate a rainbow tree, which I thought was lovely because we are a rainbow family. I don’t think she was going for that deeper meaning though; she just likes pink and purple.)
Explain what generation means and point out the different generations in your family tree.
Discussion: Read the parable of the faithful servant. Talk about how the servant was rewarded for his faithfulness. Ask: must faithfulness be rewarded right away? What if we have to wait for our reward?Is only God faithful, or can people be faithful too?
Activity: With your children, draw up a list of age-appropriate chores and talk about how their faithfulness in doing their chores can be rewarded.
Discussion: Is faithfulness only about doing? Can it also be about being? How can we show faithfulness in our friendships? Think of a friend who is going through a difficult time. Pray for that friend.
Activity: Make friendship necklaces to give to a friend. (The girls gave their necklaces to each other.)
Discussion: We spoke about how when Mommy and Daddy got married, we promised to be faithful to each other for the rest of our lives. We made that promise to each other, to God, in front of our friends and family. When we became parents, we promised to love our children for all our lives.
Activity: Look through wedding photos and baby photos.
For the weekend:
Play the faithfulness boardgame. Use my faithfulness board game printable, or make up your own version. I wrote this week’s memory verse in the centre of the board game as a reminder of God’s faithfulness.