Making a palm tree which grows and shows us that Jesus
wants to help us to grow tall and strong as a Christian.
For each child:
A4 sheets of green paper.
Cut two sheets of coloured A4 paper longways and glue the pieces
together to form a long sheet. Roll this into a tube about
20 mm in diameter and sellotape the end to complete the tube.
Make 6 to 8 cuts halfway down the tube. Roll these
segments back to make "leaves" and you have a palm tree!
At the right point, the tree is made to "grow" by pulling the leaves
out carefully. The tree can also be used as a Christmas
decoration if made from colourful paper.
Once upon a time there was a baby Palm Tree (Show the children the
little palm tree
). He was growing next to a water pool
where there were many tall palms. One day Little Palm looked
around and saw all the other palms were much taller than he was.
This made him very jealous and for days he sulked.
At last he shouted to the tallest palm, "Hey Grandpa," he asked, "Why
am I smaller than all the other palms?" Grandpa answered,
"Are you growing next to water?" Little Palm replied crossly,
"Of course I am! I'm right next to the pool of water."
Grandpa murmured, "That's good. You seem to be in the sunlight
and that should make you grow." Little Palm shouted, "Well, I'm
not growing at all. Everybody is much taller than I am."
"H'mmm, I think I know what the problem is," rumbled the old Palm, "Yes,
that's it!" Little Palm got mad and yelled, "Well, are you going
to tell me or not?" Grandpa snapped, "You need to change your
attitude!" Little Palm whispered, "I'm sorry. I'll try to
change for the better".
Grandpa Palm looked pleased, "That's good son! And I know what
your problem is, it's your roots!" Little Palm looked down at
where his roots should be. (Turn the palm upside down to show
it has no roots). "But, I have no roots!" Grandpa
exclaimed, "That's it! You need to grow some roots and push them
down deep into the soil."
Little Palm looked surprised, but began to push and push, and roots
formed and went deep into the soil. Guess what happened?
That's right, he began to grow! (Start pulling up the leaves to make
Little Palm grow).
Big and Tall:
Little Palm grew quite a lot and this pleased him so much that he pushed
his roots even deeper into the earth, and he grew and grew!
(Gradually pull out Little Palm to as long as it will go).
Some time passed and one day a young palm looked up at him and said,
"Hey Grandpaps! How did you get so big and tall?" Little
Palm smiled to himself as he looked over the tops of all the palms and
replied, "It's easy young fellow, all you need to do is to push your
roots deep into the soil!"
Growing in Jesus:
And children, you need to grow as well. Jesus lives inside you as
your Saviour, and He wants to help you to grow tall and strong.
Others will see how you talk and live as good children and will be
drawn to Jesus. In 2 Peter 3:18, we are told how we should grow:
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Jesus wants you to get to know and trust Him more and more each day.
You can do this by reading your Bible and praying to Jesus every day.
And then one day in Heaven, you will hear Jesus say those marvellous
words: "Well done you good and faithful servant".
Are you a "Little Palm" that Jesus is pleased with, or do you need to ask
Jesus to come into your heart and help you grow?
Making a Palm Tree:
Before you go, I want to help you to make your own Little Palm Tree.
(Show the children how to make a palm tree and make it grow
I want you to take it home so that you can tell the story to your
parents and friends.