Children’s Sermon John 4:13-15 – Springing Up from Christ’s Love

Children's Sermon John 4

Children’s Sermon John 4:13-15 – Springing Up from Christ’s Love

Children’s Sermon John 4:13-15 – Springing Up from Christ’s Love

Materials: spring onions (several cut down to the bulb, enough for one for each child); one whole spring onion; scissors; one onion in a shallow jar of water that has been cut and regrown.*

Scripture: John 4: 13-15

Focus: Christ’s Spirit in us helps us grow strong.

Prepare Ahead: Gather all materials on a tray for easy access.

What do you think of when you think of spring? (Allow for responses.)

When I think of spring, I think of rain and about how all the rain we get nourishes the flowers in the ground, and the tiny blades of grass, and the big trees. I also think about how that rain soaks into the roots of little spring onions.

Do you know what spring onions are? (Take out one whole spring onion).

These little guys usually grow in the spring; some people call them green onions. You use a spring onion to cook with, and they give marvelous flavor to the things we eat.

(Use scissors to cut one up – all the way down to the bulb; let kids smell it or taste it if they want.)

People throw them away after they are used because it looks like they are no longer good for anything.

But check this out.

(Bring out the green onion in the growing stage.)

If you take this tiny, little nub of a spring onion and put it in some water, it will grow again. And you can use it over and over. The water in this jar gives life to the onion and helps it continue to grow – even when it looks like it should be thrown in the trash.

(Take out your Bible and turn to John 4:13-15.)

You know, Jesus once taught a woman getting water from a well about this same idea.

He told her, “13 People soon become thirsty again after drinking this water. 14 But the water I give them becomes a perpetual spring within them, watering them forever with eternal life,” (The Living Bible).

Jesus was saying that he is like cool, refreshing water.

Jesus provides you everything you need to grow strong and become the person God wants you to be. When you love and believe in Jesus, He fills your heart with His Spirit, and you will always be full of His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

(Show children the growing spring onion).

Just like the water in this jar helps the spring onion grow and gives it new life over and over, Jesus’ “living water” in us helps us grow. His “living water” – His loving Spirit – gives us everything we need.

I want each of you to take a spring onion bulb home.

(Pass out a little onion nub to each child).

Go home and put it in a jar with some water – some living water. Then when you look at it or when your mom or dad cuts it up to use in a meal, think about having Jesus in our lives as living water, and watch it grown back and grow strong – just like we do when we’re in Christ. Let’s pray.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that you are our living water. Thank you for the ways you help us grow strong. Thank you for how Jesus lives through us and in us. This spring, as the world around us grows, remind us to stay connected to you so that we may grow strong as well. We love you Jesus. Amen.

  • For this lesson, you will need one green/spring onion that was cut and re-grown.
  • To re-grow a spring onion, simply place it in a shallow jar filled with water (and rocks – the rock help keep it from tipping over).
  • Place it in a sunny spot, and it will re-grow within a few days.

Children’s Sermon John 4:13-15 – Springing Up from Christ’s Love