Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams
Sermon Title: "Faith for the Journey"
Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1-4
BLINDFOLD JOURNEY: Blindfold the children and have them all follow the teacher's voice or sounds IN FAITH around a designated area and eventually the children should follow "blindfolded" and end up at the STOPPING area! Discussion about how hard it is to follow blindfolded. Then remove the blindfolds and have children follow the teacher to the ENDING spot again and how easy it was to FOLLOW without the blindfolds. The teacher could have one of the following "projects" for the children to work on at the end of this blindfolded journey......OR the journey path could lead the children to their snack.
FEET TO FOLLOW: Children can trace their foot or shoes and cut out. Let children place their cut out traced foot in a path along a designated area. Then children will play follow the leader who will do other things with their hands or heads but as the children follow, they must only step ON the feet pictures on the floor. Let several children be leaders to be followed and encourage children to do many actions with their hands, heads or bodies for the others to imitate without stepping off a "foot".
FAITH FEET FOLLOWING: Do the above activity but have one child blindfolded and trying to step ONLY on the feet pictures while their team mates tell them where to go and how to step carefully and let children see how far each one can go while being blindfolded, but with others giving directions to the right, or to the left, or back a little, etc.
FAITH MOBILE: Give each child supplies to make a mobile, such as a stick or hanger to hang the F-A-I-T-H letters from as children cut out the letters and color and decorate with glitter and stickers, etc.
PIN FAITH ON: Draw a big heart and write FAITH on the heart in bright colored letters. Let children be blindfolded, one at a time, and try to PIN the heart FAITH on a poster board that has an outline of a boy or girl. Keep track of where each child pinned the heart and see who gets the closest to where the heart actually is on the body. Tell children how important it is to always have FAITH in their own hearts each day.
JOURNEY MURAL: Place a long and wide piece of paper on the wall or on the classroom table. Let children gather around the paper and begin to draw pictures of their "journey" in life -- places that life takes them such as store, school, church, friends, family gatherings, sports, etc. Title the Mural, FAITH FOR THE JOURNEY
FAITH BRACELET OR NECKLACE: Children can be given supplies of plastic cord and alphabet letter beads, to spell F-A-I-T-H. String the letters plus other colorful beads and tie into a bracelet or necklace, of child's own choosing
Song: "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"
Song: "Footsteps of Jesus"
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|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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