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Pack It In

An engaging back-to-school devotion that will teach kids the importance of faith and the Fruits of the Spirit. (Some assembly required. banana not included.)

Theme: Back to School
Text: Jeremiah 33:3 and Galatians 5:22-23
Preparation: You'll need a child's backpack containing the following items: a banana with the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 written on it with a permanent marker, a hand weight, a cell phone, a gold construction paper heart, a box of Band-Aids, and funny glasses.

The Message: School is starting soon. How many of you have been preparing for school already? What have you done to get ready? I hope you haven't forgotten to pack the most important things.

Just in case you did forget, I packed these things for you. (Pull out each item and explain it.)

(banana) When you're on the playground or in the classroom, you'll need to have love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control.

(hand weight) Exercising your faith and trust God will make your faith muscles stronger.

(cell phone) (Read aloud Jeremiah 33:3.) Don't forget to call on God with prayer anytime you need help or just want to talk to him.

(gold heart) You'll be tempted to act in ways that aren't pleasing to God, but keep your heart pure like a shiny gold heart.

(Band-Aids) School can be a tough place and kids aren't always kind. Be like Jesus and be kind to everyone at school-even the bullies!

(funny glasses) As you learn new things, you need God's eyes to know the things that are true and the things that aren't true.

If you have all these things in your backpack, I know you'll have a great new school year.

(Close with a prayer of blessing for the children in the new school year.)

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