I have gotten nothing but positive feedback about moving away from the lectionary and into a sermon-series mindset. To be clear - I don't think there is anything wrong with the lectionary! I just think I had gotten to a point where I wasn't feel inspired by the cycle and I needed something to kick start me.
This week Jesus talks about the law and the prophets. I wasn't really sure what to do about a children's sermon, so I ended up using an apple to talk about the different parts of God. An apple has different parts - peel, flesh and core - just like God has different parts - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It was a pretty good seasonal visual, which I liked - I probably didn't think the whole "bring a sharp knife up to the children's sermon to peel the apple" part through, but it all worked out! I think if I were to do it again I would set up a table with an actual apple peeler. Next time!