Bible Texts:

John 15:1-11


Children's Bible Story sources:

"Jesus the Vine," Spark Story Bible, p.452


Children's Story Resources

Three Cheers for Tacky by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, Perfect, and Tacky join a cheering contest, but Tacky, the odd bird, takes forever to learn the routine. The day of the contest, all the other contestants bore the judges with their perfect routines, but Tacky’s hilarious mistakes win his team the contest.

How these stories are connected: Jesus prays for us to be united; to be a team. Even when it seems like we don’t belong, working together and finding ways to be together will always result in good things. We were made to be a team.


Questions about Three Cheers for Tacky:

     Do you like Tacky or the other penguins better?

     What do you like about Tacky?

     Is being different important?


Questions about the Bible story:

     Who is the vine? Who is the gardener? Who are the branches?

     What happens to the branches when they’re not connected to the vine?

     Can we live how God wants us to without Jesus?


Questions about our lives:

     How does God tell us to love others? How can we show people we love them?



Dear God, thank you for making us all unique and special in our own way. Please help us to love others like you love us. We know how important it is to have Jesus in our lives. Please help us to stay connected to him so we might live how you want us to. Amen.