Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Clean or Unclean?"

Scripture Reading: Mark 7:1-7; 14-15; 21-23

GLOVE RELAY: Option 1: Let all children play at once. Children run to the box and each get a disposable glove and put it on and run back to the beginning wall. The first one to the wall can be the winner and play as long as time allows, OR the last one to the wall is out and will sit down while the game is played until there is a winner.

Option 2: Divide the children into 2 teams and let the children run a GLOVE RELAY back and forth until the team who has a glove on each member FIRST is the winning team.

"HAND IN HEART" HANGING: Provide children with supplies to cut out a big colored construction-paper HEART. Encourage to make a decorative border and writing on the border... clean hands or clean heart. Have children trace their own hand inside the decorated heart and hang by a ribbon when completed.

DECORATED HAND: Give children construction paper to trace their own hands (or the teacher can have hand cutouts prepared before class). Make/trace 2 identical hand-cutouts and tape the hands together so that the children can slip their hands into the "glove". Have children write something about today's lesson on each finger of the cut-out hand, such as clean hands, clean heart, Forgive us Father for unclean hearts, NO unclean thoughts or words, etc. Children will have their own good ideas after listening to today's lesson. This will encourage discussion as well.

CLEAN HEARTS: Provide children with a very large colored heart. One side will be labels CLEAN HEART and the other side will be labeled UNCLEAN HEART. Tell children to write or draw pictures of the CLEAN HEART ideas and on the other side, they will write or draw pictures of UNCLEAN HEART actions. The children may enjoy gluing colorful yarn or ribbon around the edge of their CLEAN heart and black yarn around the UNCLEAN heart.

BAR SOAP HEART: If time and space allows, give children a bar of soap and a plastic table knife and let them try to carve a HEART out of the soap bar. Tell children to mostly trim off the corners and then begin reshaping the soap to look like a heart.

CLEAN DISPLAY BOARD: Let children work as a class to make a LESSON board of today's Bible story. Give them supplies such as paper to draw pictures; disposal gloves to hang on the board, wipes to tape or tack on the board, pictures of hand sanitizers and heart stickers and drawings. Title the Display Board with ideas from today's lesson and draw hearts around the Title!

BAR SOAP WRAPPING: Give each child a bar of soap as well as a piece of construction paper to wrap around and tape to the bar soap. Tell children to decorate the bar of soap with heart stickers as well as to write HEAVENLY FATHER, FORGIVE US FOR UNCLEAN THOUGHTS. Suggest to the children to lay their bar soap wrapping in their bathrooms or kitchens to remind them of today's very important lesson.

THREE LAYERED HEART: Give children cut out hearts in 3 sizes so that the children can glue them on top of each other and each heart edge will be seen. A little piece of foam can be glued between each heart so that they stand apart a little. Let children write the words on one heart (or even the edges of heart 2 and 3) of our prayer today - CREATED IN US CLEAN HEARTS TO HONOR YOU HEAVENLY FATHER.

SING A SONG: INTO MY HEART; HEART,HEART, GIVE HIM MY HEART (sung to the tune of Skip, Skip, Skip to my Lou). The words are HEART, HEART, GIVE HIM MY HEART; HEART, HEART, GIVE HIM MY HEART; HEART, HEART, GIVE HIM MY HEART - GIVING MY HEART TO JESUS. I WANT A HEART THAT'S CLEAN AND TRUE; I WANT A HEART THAT'S CLEAN AND TRUE; I WANT A HEART THAT'S CLEAN AND TRUE; GIVING MY HEART TO JESUS.

Song:  "Cleanse Me"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer)

This song is in the public domain and may be freely downloaded and reproduced for religious or educational use by churches, schools, home schoolers, and other non-profit organizations.

About Carol Williams
Carol and her husband have been in the ministry for 35 years.  They have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and for the last 14 years in Indiana.  Carol loves to work with children so you will find her teaching in Junior Church and children's Sunday School.  She also has clowning ministry in which she is known as Bubbles tc (the clown).
 
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