Hi Godly Play Teachers,
Welcome to our lesson for July 5, the Parable of the Sower.
As you ask the wondering questions, if children have trouble, try to
help them put themselves in the place of the sower. (Particularly
helpful for questions 3,6,7,8,13,14)
So the important wondering questions we'll use this week are:
1. I wonder if the person had a name.
2. I wonder who the person could really be?
3. I wonder if the person was happy when the birds came and ate the seeds.
4. I wonder if the birds were happy then they saw the sower.
5. I wonder who the birds really are.
6. I wonder what the person was doing when the little seeds could not get their roots in among the stones.
7. I wonder what the person was doing when the little seeds were choked by the thorns.
8. I wonder what the person was doing when the little seeds were growing in the good earth.
9. I wonder what the harvest could really be?
10. I wonder what the sower used for seed?
11. I wonder what the sower sold?
12. I wonder what the sower kept for food?
13. I wonder if the sower was surprised at the harvest?
14. I wonder what part surprised the sower most?
Idea Sparkers for our Create a Gift for God time:
This would be a perfect time to actually sow
some seeds. You could use Styrofoam cups or small terra cotta pots which
the kids could decorate, then fill with soil in which to plant a seed.
You could also have them write a verse on a Popsicle stick to put in
the soil near the seeds they sow. They could choose a verse from the
Bible story (a good way to have them look up the story themselves) or
use Psalm 119:16b “I Shall not forget your Word.”
3. Children could also reproduce the parts of the parable box-the sower,
the birds, the pots, the rocky ground, the thorns, the plants.