I’ll Serve Jesus Christ by Serving Others
To help the children understand that they can show love for Jesus Christ by serving others.
- 1 orange
- 1 apple
- 3 banana
- Copy of the flower for each child printed on card stock
- Popsicle stick or straw for each child
- Vase or bottle
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
We Show Love for Jesus Christ by Serving Others
Oranges and Bananas
This story can be told in two ways. The first way is with actual fruit with the faces taped on. When it is time to smash the banana it can be messy but the kids love it. The other way is to use the pictures. The download includes either way you want to tell the story.
Who likes bananas? Who likes Oranges? Split the class into two groups, one side of the room is the kids that like bananas best and the other side the kids that like oranges best.
Why do you like Oranges better? Why do you like bananas better?
I am going to tell you about a place where oranges and bananas HATE each other. The bananas think that the oranges are well, to orange. And the oranges think the bananas are too skinny. They do not get along at all!
One day Bob the banana was returning home from a hard day of work. He was very tired and did not notice the mean looking fruit behind the rock. The mean apple jumped him, stole all his money and beat him up. They ripped one side of his peel off! He was so badly hurt he could move. The evil fruit just left him to die on the side of the road.
Bob was in so much pain! You would be too if your peel had been ripped and your insides smashed. “Oh, thank goodness!” Bob saw Betty the banana coming, she would help him. She was a really nice lady and she was a banana just like him! He called out to Betty but she pretended not to hear Bob. She was much too busy and look at her brand new dress. If she got Bob’s banana guts all over her pretty dress it would be ruined, and it cost a fortune. She decided that she would pretend that she did not hear him calling to her. Someone else could help Bob, she was much too busy.
Bob was hurting so bad and his insides were starting to turn brown. But to his relief he saw Brad. Brad went to the same ward as Bob and they would sit by each other in Elder’s Quorum. Brad was a good guy he would help Bob. “Oh, No” thought Brad, “My son’s baseball game is tonight and the coach promised to start him. I can’t miss the game!” Then Brad had a thought, “maybe if I cross to the other side of the street Bob wouldn’t see me and I won’t have to help him. Someone else will help Bob, I can’t miss my son’s baseball game.”
Bob was in so much pain, he thought he was hallucinating. He saw an orange coming towards him. An orange, oranges hate banana so there is no way that an orange will stop and help a banana. That would be bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s. But it was no hallucination, the orange stopped to help him!
The orange took care of Bob the banana. He bandaged the banana up and carried him to the hospital where he could recover. The orange paid for all the expenses until the banana was healthy again.
We Show Love for Jesus Christ by Serving Others
Explain to the children that the game they are going to play will help them understand a very important way that we show love for Jesus Christ. Explain that you will hum a song. When they think they know the name of the song, they may raise their hands. You can either interrupt your humming and ask a child to guess what the song is or wait to ask until you have finished humming the song all the way through.
Hum or play the PowerPoint “When We’re Helping.” After a child has guessed the name of the song, ask this question:
What is this song about? (Helping.)
Hum or play the PowerPoint “‘Give,’ Said the Little Stream.” After the children guess the name of the song, ask them this question:
What is this song about? (Giving.)
Can you think of another word that means helping and giving? (Serving. Give them additional clues as needed until they can guess it.)
Serving others can include giving and helping. We often serve by helping and giving to others.
Article of faith
Help the children repeat together the following part of the thirteenth article of faith: “We believe … in doing good to all men.”
Read Mosiah 2:17. This means that when we serve others willingly, we are serving Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ also. We can show Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that we love them by serving one another.
Story and picture
Use the background scene. Cut out the people and with painters tape (I like to use painters tape because it can be removed without ripping the paper) add and remove the people as you are telling the story.
There were two groups of people the Jews and the Samaritans. The Jews felt that they were better than the Samaritans. They disliked the Samaritans so much that when Jews traveled from Jerusalem to Galilee, they would take the longer way through the Jordan Valley rather than travel through Samaria.
One day a Jewish man was walking on the road to the city of Jericho. Thieves robed and beat him. They left the man on the road, almost dead.
Soon a Jewish priest came by and saw the man. The priest walked by on the other side of the road. He did not help the man.
A Levite man who worked in the temple came by. He saw the injured man. But he did not help the man either and walked by in the other side of the road.
Then a Samaritan man came along. Remember the Jews and the Samaritans did not get along. But when the Samaritan saw the man, he felt sorry for him. He took care of the man’s wounds and put clothes on him.
The Samaritan took the man to an inn and cared for him until the next day. When the Samaritan had to leave, he gave money to the innkeeper and told him to take care of the man.
Why do you think the priest and the Levite passed by the injured man without helping him? (Possible answers might include the following: Maybe they were in a hurry. They might have been afraid of the injured man. Maybe they didn’t want to be bothered with someone else’s problem.)
Why do we sometimes pass by people who need our help?
Jesus is pleased when we serve others willingly. Suggest to the children that they can give service to other people.
Let a child come and pick a picture. Read the situation to them. Have them tell you what they would do to give service.
There are toys all over the floor, the baby is crying, and your mother` is trying to prepare supper.
A new girl has moved in next door. She is from a different country and can’t speak your language very well. When she goes out to play, she looks lonely.
Brother Castro comes to church each week, but no one seems to notice him. He is old, always sits alone, and looks sad.
Your little sister is upset because her favorite toy broke.
We Can Show Love for Jesus Christ by Serving in His Church
There are many people in the Church who serve Jesus Christ by helping others every week, such as Primary teachers, choristers, organists, priests and deacons who administer the sacrament, and many others.
The bishop gives many hours of service to the members of the ward each week. He helps not only on Sunday but also on other days of the week.
By serving the people in his ward, whom else is the bishop serving? (God.)
For whom does the bishop show love as he serves? (Jesus Christ and the people in his ward.)
Explain that you would like to have the children make a thank-you gift for the bishop for the hours of service he gives them. Hand out a flower, a pencil, and a straw or stick to each child. Ask the children to write or draw a way they can show love for Jesus Christ on one side of the flower and sign their names. Finally, tape the straws or sticks on for stems.
After everyone has finished, collect the supplies and have each child place a flower in the vase or bottle you have brought. With the children, pick a class member to deliver the paper flowers to the bishop after class.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
There are 3 options with the lessons. The first one is a color PDF of the full lesson, all the pictures, scriptures and art projects with the watermark removed.
The next options is all the pictures in Black and White
The 3rd option is a PowerPoint with all the pictures and scriptures that you can pull up on your device. It is like having a digital copy. It eliminate the printing and the cutting out. This makes the lesson easier come Sunday morning.
All three options are now included in a zip drive that will immediately be emailed too you for $2.50. You can pick and choose from all three options to make your lesson just right for you!
Please use the lesson free of charge. I am only charging for the visual aids which take a considerable amount of time to create. The art work is mine and my son’s original drawing. Thank you for your help as I try to continue to be a stay at home mom of four boys.