Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "I Am the Way"

Scripture Reading:  John 14:1-14

Note: Throughout our lesson activities today, we'll tell the children that GPS can stand for GOD'S POSITIONING SAINTS or GOD'S POWER SUPREME!

GPS TRAIL: Children can divide into teams (A,B, and C teams). Send each team on a different GPS trail to see who can run to the end of the trail and back. Make sure that each trail is the same length and children will run one at a time, tagging the next team player when they return to the team. If there is no space large enough for each team to go in different directions, then children can just run a relay line back and forth.

RECALCULATING JUBILEE: Children can spread out in a designated area and run to whatever side of the room or area that the teacher points or shouts out. When the teacher/leader shouts... RECALCULATING... Children must turn and run to the side of the room that the teacher tells them. When the designated time is up, children can shout... JUBILEE which means JOY. The teacher can add other ways of running to each side or area of the room as well, such as hopping, skipping, etc. If there is a possibility of playing this outside - children can run around trees and other obstacles, if desired.

GPS HOPSCOTCH: Children can play hopscotch in the usual way, but will read a word from today's lesson in each hopscotch square that they jump on, such as JESUS, THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE, JOURNEY, LORD, GOD'S WORD, etc. REMIND children that the GPS stands for GOD'S POSITIONING SAINTS or GOD'S POWER SUPREME and these words need to stick in our hearts and minds through out the week!

MAP IT OUT: Divide the children into groups and give each group a simple map to find a "treasure" which will be a BIBLE at the end of the MAP COURSE. The map can be to a table, bookcase, church pew, tree or flower garden if outside, etc. The children will have to go to each area and get a candy or small treat from that area to show that they actually went to all the places on the map! When they have completed the "course" and have found the Bible treasure, they will return to the classroom. Each group can have a different map if the teacher is able to have that large of a space, OR the teacher can send one group out at a time while the rest of the class is in another room so they can't watch where the group has gone, until it is their team's turn.

TRAIL VERSE HUNT: Let children go in groups or individually, as teacher chooses, to find all the words of today's Bible verse in a designated area and bring back to the room to tape onto a poster board that will have GOD'S POSITIONING SAINTS title at the top. The teacher can also have one child go out at a time to get one word of the verse, in the correct order... so the teacher would tell the first child to HUNT on the TRAIL for the word "I".. the next child will find "AM" on the trail, next child will find "the", etc.

HOLY WORD PATH: Give children paper and crayons and pencils to write today's Bible verse in a path around their sheet of paper - as in a circle or a squiggly path, etc. Then they will hand the paper to the child on their right and everyone will have their turn at reading the Bible Verse PATH if they can follow the words in order. Tell children the words have to be in the right order but the path can go anywhere on the paper.

BIBLE SWORD DRILL: All the children can "follow the teachings" as they look up one Bible verse after another, as the teacher calls the verses out. Choose all verses that are easy to find if for younger children and ALL verses that have a teaching in them, such as the ten commandments, doing all things without murmurings and disputings (Phil 2:14); obeying parents (Eph 6:-14); reading God's Word (Matt4:4, Ps 119:105, II Tim 3:16-17), etc.

SING A SONG: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS

SHARE A SNACK: TRAIL MIX (Give children a small baggie and various types of trail mix ideas such as raisins, pretzels, M&M's, dried fruit). Children can each make up a trail mix bag of what they would like.

Song:  "Follow On" by Robert Lowry

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Piano Accompaniment - Right click and save to your computer. (Two measures introduction and sing two times through.)

Song:  "Lead Me, Lord" by Samuel S. Wesley

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Piano Accompaniment - Right click and save to your computer. (Four measures introduction and two times through.)

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About Carol Williams
Carol and her husband have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and 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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