Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "God of the Second Chance "

Scripture Reading:  Luke 13:6-9

AS CHILDREN ENTER THE CLASSROOM:

God's Forgiveness is written in large letters on the chalkboard... but many letters missing of course! G _ _'s F_ _ g_ _ e _ _ _ s. Second Chances can be done the same way under that!! I always put the Bible Verse in the same way for them to fill in the letters or numbers missing during the lesson! I watch the children running into the SS classroom each week to see if they can figure out what the lesson is about before class even begins!!!

SECOND CHANCE GAME - This game time can be a variety of ideas to get the point of a SECOND CHANCE as in our lesson. Teacher could have one of the following or even several choices, time permitting!

1 - A game of Bible Trivia or another game where child would guess wrong and then would get a 2nd chance.
2 - Child could try to thread a needle and get a 2nd chance with a needle threader or a bigger needle hole.
3 - Child could try to quote the Bible verse and could get a 2nd chance with some help from another child or from the written verse.
4 - Teacher could ask the children to say the books of the Old Testament or the New Testament and they would get a 2nd chance with some help.
5 - Throwing a quarter into a cup and a 2nd chance if they miss.
6 - Ring toss and a 2nd chance if they miss.

FIG TREE CRAFT:

Teacher could have twigs available for children to tape to a poster board or to their own sheet of construction paper. Fig Newtons (the cookie as an 'object lesson') could be taped to the "fig tree" (near the twigs), as discussion about the fig tree, vineyard, etc. (Pictures of a fig tree for examples are on the websites) (Fig Newtons or the generic brand could be offered as a treat today)

CLASS PARABLE POSTER:

Picture of the vineyard on left side and _ _ _ on the right side for child to fill in.
Picture of the Vineyard keeper and _ _ _ _ _ on the right side to fill in.
Picture of the fig tree and _ _ _'_  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ on the right side to fill in.
(Pictures could be printed off the computer or just a rough "teacher-drawing"!!)

"SECOND CHANCE" FRUIT - CLASS POSTER

Option 1: Children can trace or draw their own various FRUITS on the large poster board OR a long banner-type of white newsprint paper or butcher paper (hung on the focal wall). Teacher can have the same or some other children write a different "fruit of the spirit" in each one of the fruits. If children are younger, the teacher could let the children trace the fruit and trace the letters as well for each fruit listed.

Option 2: Fruit can already be drawn on a long banner that is hanging on the wall with blanks and a few letters to give clues for the fruit listed. Ex: L_ _ _ (love);
J _ _ (joy); P _ _ _ _ (peace), etc. Children love to fill in those blanks.

FRUIT would be another great treat for the children today, as well as the fig newtons!

HAVE FUN! GREAT LESSONS will be learned and REMEMBERED!

Song:  "The Fruit of the Spirit" by Ralph P. Merrifield (used by permission)

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Demo - Sung by the author. Right click and save to your computer

MIDI - Right click and save to your computer.

Song:  "The Fruit of the Spirit" by Charles Kirkpatrick

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MP3 Piano Accomaniment - Right click and save to your computer.

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About Carol Williams
Carol and her husband have been in the ministry for 32 years.  They have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and for the last 13 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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