Bible Texts:

Mark 4:26-34


Children's Bible Story sources:

"Parable of the Mustard Seed," Spark Story Bible, p.320


Children's Story Resources

Leo's Tree  by Deborah Pearson; art by Nora Hilb

Parents plant a tree when their son is born. Over the years, they watch them both grow into something great.


How these stories are connected: A little faith, a little seed, a little child....All grow into great things with a little love and care. These stories are an excellent opportunity to help children see possibility and greatness in small things.


Questions about Leo's Tree:

     Why do you think Leo's father planted a tree?

     What caused the tree to grow?

     What caused Leo to grow?

     What good things can you say about Leo's family?


Questions about the Bible story:

     Why did Jesus use seeds to talk about God's family?

     What causes God's family to grow?

     What good things can you say about God's family?


Questions about our lives:

     Who can you tell about God's love?

     How will that help God's family grow?



Dear God, thank you for giving us tiny things that grow into great things. Help us to see that we are like that too. Help us to love other people the way you do and help our love to grow into something great. Amen.