This month we looked at the Parable of the Sower.
The Parable of the Sower (sometimes called the Parable of the Soils) is a parable of Jesus. In the story, a sower sows seed on the path (way side), on rocky ground and among thorns, and it is lost; but when it falls on good earth it grows, yielding thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.
Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched;
— Mark, 4:3-9, KJV
We started with a Prayer, and then we scattered seed across the hall! We made a path, some stones; and added some rose thorns (Richard suffered for his art, collecting the thorns had been painful!) and looked at how the seeds had fallen.
Then we thought about what the seed would do in each case, and what Jesus had said.
The explanation given by Jesus:
And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Next, we made some Seed people ready for Harvest Festival in a few weeks.
We took some soil, grass seed and stuffed it in layers in some old tights. We twisted some of it to make a nose. Then, we stuck googly eyes and some felt lips on our ball. Next, we decorated a pot to make a jacket for them and filled it with water. The tights should wick up the water and grow the grass seed in time for the Harvest Service when our seed people should have a nice head of green hair!
It was great fun, everyone enjoyed making them.
Then it was back into Church for the final Hymn and some juice and biscuits.
We are looking forward to next month already!