Happy Easter everyone! After Jesus’ Death and Resurrection we need to think about how we can grow to be a better and more loving person so that we can one day follow Jesus and be with Him in heaven.

The song that you will hear in the Music Resource section is all about how we share what we have with others, whether that is our talents or our love.

Our Picture Resource will take the idea of sharing one step further and will get us thinking about how we help others to grow.

Our aim is to grow closer to Jesus and this week’s Action is to write a song about what we need to become closer to God.

This week’s Video Resource is the animated story of The Ugly Duckling. Through this story we can come to understand that as we grow we learn more about who we are and we can choose how we deal with the difficult things in life.

Finally our Scripture Resource is all about Jesus as the true vine. When we are with Jesus we can grow and there is the opportunity to create some beautiful artwork for your Class and to share it with the rest of the Trust!

During Easter we are reminded of the opportunity for new life and throughout the week you should be thinking about what you will do with your life and how you will grow closer to Jesus.

Scripture Bank

If you would like to reflect on some more of the scriptures related to this topic then you can use some of the scripture references below.

Most of these are taken from Open Bible – you can use their Topical Bible Search facility to find lots more ideas! Just remember to change the Bible translation to ‘Good News Translation’ when you click on the link!

If you have found any pieces of scripture that you think link to our theme this week then please add them in the comments box below to share the Good News so that we can all enjoy them!

2 Peter 3:18

Philippians 3:12-14

Matthew 18:1-35

Romans 12:21

Philippians 1:6

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Jesus once told a parable about a fig tree that wasn’t growing any fruit.

Read the scripture below and then enjoy the song about this parable.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

(Glory to you O Lord.)

Then Jesus told them this parable: “There was once a man who had a fig tree growing in his vineyard. He went looking for figs on it but found none. So he said to his gardener, ‘Look, for three years I have been coming here looking for figs on this fig tree, and I haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it go on using up the soil?’ But the gardener answered, ‘Leave it alone, sir, just one more year; I will dig around it and put in some fertilizer. Then if the tree bears figs next year, so much the better; if not, then you can have it cut down.’”

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

(Luke 13: 6-9)

In this parable the fig tree represents each of us and the gardener represents Jesus.

Even though we have been cared for for many years we may not be reaching our full potential as God wants us to.

This might be because we are not using our talents to do good (as the song says), or it could be because we have turned away from God and we are not following the example of Jesus.

Jesus, like the gardener, has helped us by setting us a good example that we can follow and we just need to grow in faith and in love for those who are around us.

Take some time to think:

How can you share your talents with others?

How can you show love to others?

How can you serve others?

How can you spread the good news about Jesus?

Please help us Lord to bear fruit and to be the loving, merciful people that you want us to be.

Amen.

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To help plants, animals and people to grow we must help them and give them what they need.

Jesus came to earth to help us to grow in faith and love.

Look at each of these pictures and talk about what you would do to help them grow into healthy plants, animals and humans!

Think about what they would eat and drink, where they would live, would they need protecting or would they need to keep warm?

We should always try to remember that God gave us this wonderful world to take care of, so when we see an opportunity to help part of creation grow, we should help!

We can help each other to grow up physically strong by sharing what we have with others but we can also make people spiritually strong by helping them to understand that Jesus is their friend and to share the special message that Jesus loves everyone.

Please help us Lord to be good people who help others to grow and who take care of the beautiful creation that you have given to us.

Help us to take care of all the plants, animals and people in the world.

Amen.

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Watch this video to find out about what plants need to help them grow.

Listen very carefully and think about what children need to grow to be more like Jesus.

Can you remember the 5 things that plants need to help them to grow?

Now you are going to have a chance to write your own song about what children need and what they should do to be more like Jesus.

Look at the spaces below and fill in your words as a Class to create a new song all about what children need to be more like Jesus! Don’t forget, each line is repeated!

For a child to be like Jesus

They need 5 things so they can strive

They need                     so they can                    

And they need                                                                                                               

Kids need                                                                                                                                                                     

(Name)   help kids by                                                   

Don’t forget to give kids                                   

Repeat these things if you care!

They need:

Add your song lyrics to the comments box at the bottom of the page so we can see what your Class thinks children need to grow to be more like Jesus!

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This week’s video is quite long because it is the story of The Ugly Duckling.

In this story we will see that it is only by growing that you find out who you really are and, even if there are difficult times along the way, you can still become a beautiful person.

How did the story make you feel?

What did the ugly duckling become when he had grown?

Did the ugly duckling find it easy when he was growing up?

What sort of things do you think might be difficult when you are growing up?

Who will help you as you grow up?

Who would you like to grow to become when you are older?

Growing isn’t always easy but we can grow to be wonderful, beautiful people if we show love to each other and make the effort to do the right thing.

Think about how you would like to grow in your faith. How could you get to know Jesus better and to be a better friend of Jesus?

At The Last Supper Jesus said:

And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.”

(John 13: 34-35)

If we want to grow to be a better friend of Jesus and to be one of His disciples then we should love one another.

Please help us Jesus to grow to be beautiful people in our hearts and in our minds.

Help us to follow your commandment and to love each other.

Amen.

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This week’s scripture explains to us that we can only grow if we are with God.

Read the scripture carefully and look at the pictures to see what a vine is.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.I_am_the_Vine

(Glory to you O Lord.)

“I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. He breaks off every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it will be clean and bear more fruit. You have been made clean already by the teaching I have given you. Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me. Those who do not remain in me are thrown out like a branch and dry up; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, where they are burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it. My Father’s glory is shown by your bearing much fruit; and in this way you become my disciples. I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

(John 15: 1-10)

As you can see, a vine is a large plant that grapes (fruit) grow on.

Jesus explains that He is the vine and we are the fruit.

If we stay with Jesus the we can grow but if we turn away from Jesus we cannot grow.

This is easier to understand by looking at the picture below which shows Jesus as the vine and the people who represent the fruit on the vine are Saints and others who are close to Jesus.

Jesus the real vine

To show that you want to be close to Jesus and want to grow as friend of Jesus create your own vine for your Class.

Each of you should draw a self-portrait (a picture of yourself) for the vine.

Whoever finishes first should start to make the vine that you will all be a part of. You could have an image of Jesus (like the picture above), in the middle and you could even write some of the things that you can do to be close to Jesus along the branches of the vine.

When you have made your vine ask your staff to email a picture of it to Joe or Marsha so we can post them on the website and see all the fruit that is growing in our Trust!

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