In this lesson, we will journey through a harvest marketplace to connect everyday produce items to the Gospel message. Each item serves as a tangible Biblical reminder of God’s love and provision.
Lesson Guide – From Garden to Gospel
Create a stall filled with various produce like apples, olives, dates, grapes, figs, wheat, lamb, fish and barley. Use real items, toy fruits, or even crafted representations.
Begin with a play activity, where instead of using currency, children “buy” items by expressing their gratitude linked to the chosen produce. This could be a simple thanks, a biblical verse they remember, or a personal story related to that food. For example, a child could say, “Thank you, God, for the bread that fills our tummies during meals.”
Use the marketplace items to narrate the gospel message.
1. Fruit (optional – Fig): Genesis 3:3
This fruit reminds us of the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve lived. They were told not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, but they did. This first act of disobedience brought sin into the world. They used fig leaves to cover themselves. This was their attempt to hide their shame and guilt from God. But God already had a plan. A plan to cover our sins not with leaves but with His love.
2. Lamb (A toy lamb or a picture): John 1:29
In the Old Testament, people would offer lambs as a sacrifice to God, asking for forgiveness of their sins. This points to the ultimate Lamb of God, Jesus, who would come to be the final and perfect sacrifice for our sins.
3. Wheat or Bread: John 6:35
Jesus once said, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry.’ Just like we need bread to live, our spirits need Jesus. He is the one who nourishes our souls and promises us eternal life if we believe in Him.
4. Vine & Grapes: John 15:5
Jesus also said, ‘I am the vine; you are the branches.’ Just as branches get their life from the vine, we get our spiritual life and strength from Jesus. Without Him, we can’t bear good fruit in our lives.
5. Fish (Toy or image): Matthew 4:19
Fish were a huge part of daily life in Jesus’ time. He used fish to teach about the Kingdom of God and even performed miracles with them. When Jesus called His first disciples, He said, ‘Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ (Matthew 4:19). Just as fishers catch fish, Jesus wants us to share His love and message with everyone.
6. Mustard Seed (Show a tiny seed): Matthew 13:31-32
This tiny seed is like our faith. Even if it starts this small, it can grow into something big. Jesus came to plant seeds of faith in our hearts so that the Kingdom of God could grow within and around us.
7. Olive (Showing an olive or olive oil): 1 John 2:27
In biblical times, olive oil was used not just for cooking but for special anointing, symbolizing God’s empowerment and presence. Just as kings and priests were anointed with olive oil, showing God chose them for a purpose, Jesus promised we would be anointed with something even more precious: the Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit is given to us to guide, comfort, and empower us to live for God.
Finish with a prayer of thanksgiving, acknowledging God’s provision both physically and spiritually. Encourage the child to pick up an item from the stall and thank God for one specific lesson or truth they learned today.
From Garden to Gospel – Bible story for kids
Games and activities
Set out various types of seeds on a table (sunflower, pumpkin, corn, wheat, etc.).
Have children sort the seeds into labelled containers. Discuss the parable of the Sower and different responses to God’s Word.
Provide children with small pots, soil, and easy-to-grow seeds (like beans or sunflower seeds).
Give the child a Bible verse to stick on the pot.
As they plant, have them recite a Bible verse. Discuss how nurturing their plant is like nurturing their spiritual growth with God’s Word.
Farming Obstacle Course
Set up a course representing farming tasks, such as ploughing, sowing, watering and harvesting.
Children race to complete the tasks in order. After the race, discuss the hard work farmers put into their land and how God blesses their efforts.
Free Bible Coloring Pages – Harvest
Craft – Harvest Basket Craft
What you need:
- Template pages (on card for best results)
- Colouring equipment
What to do:
- Colour the template pages.
- Cut out the pieces.
- Optional. Write Bible references on pieces.
- Glue on semicircle to back of basket. Place the pieces inside.