Small Stories With Big Meaning
Parables are short stories that Jesus told with a much bigger meaning. In some ways, a parable is a lot like a pumpkin seed. It starts out as just a small story, but after you spend time thinking about it you realize it has a really big and important message to tell. These four lessons will use pumpkins to teach children about 4 of Jesus’ parables.
Pumpkin Parables Preschool Ministry Curriculum Overview:
Memory Verse: “Lord, show me your ways. Teach me how to follow you.” - Psalm 25:4 (NIRV)
Pumpkin Patch – Pumpkins grow in a big field usually referred to as a pumpkin patch. Jesus told a story about a man who found a great treasure hidden in a field and he sold everything he had to get it. Little ones will learn that once we realize how great God is, we will value him more than anything else in the world. Matthew 13:44-46, The Stories of the Pearl and the Treasure
Seeds – A pumpkin seed is huge compared to the tiny mustard seed, but even a mustard seed grows into something large and beautiful. Little ones will learn that when we put our trust in God, he can turn a little faith into something great. Matthew 13:31-34, The Stories of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
Hard Shell – A pumpkin's hard shell hides a soft and gooey inside. Little ones will learn that God doesn't want us to become hard, but to have soft and forgiving hearts. Matthew 18:21-35, The Story of the Unmerciful Servant
Stem – The pumpkin's stem reminds us of the larger plant that it was once connected to. Little ones will learn that we must stay connected to Jesus if we are to keep becoming more like Jesus. John 15:1-12, The Vine and the Branches
About This Curriculum:
- Perfect for kids ages 1-5
- Includes both large group and small group resources
- This curriculum is an instant download
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Each Lesson Includes:
- Make It Stick! Parent Sheet
- Memory Verse
- Skit or Puppet Show
- Sunday School Craft Activity
- Large Group Lesson
- Small-Group Discussion
- Special Lesson for 1 and 2-Year-Olds
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