Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Jesus Loves Us All"

Scripture Reading: John 13:31-35

LOVE RUN: Before the class begins, the teacher will hide some paper hearts around the room that have GOD'S LOVE or another love quote such as, JESUS LOVES ME, LOVE ONE ANOTHER, JESUS LOVES ALL THE CHILDREN written on the heart. The teacher begin the game by saying something like, "All the children wearing something RED, run and find a heart and bring it back to your circle" or "Children who have shoe strings, run and find a heart"; "Children with blue eyes run and find a heart". Continue the game until all children have found a heart. Have the children tape their hearts to a large poster and spend several minutes talking about today's lesson and what Jesus taught about loving others.

HEART BOOK MARK: Let each child draw and cut out a heart from a sheet of construction paper. Write today's Bible verse (John 13:34) on the heart and decorate it with stickers and a ribbon at the top. Look up today's Bible verse and place their hearts in their Bible as a book mark.

SUCKER PUPPET: Give each child a sucker and a square piece of white cotton cloth. Have the children wrap the piece of cloth around the candy part of the sucker and place a small rubber band at the bottom of the candy sucker to make it look like the head of a person. Use a marker to draw eyes and mouth and nose on the cloth. You may want to glue on a few strands of yarn for hair or a small piece of colored felt. Have the children tell today's Bible story using the sucker as a puppet.

HEART NECKLACE: Provide the children with a heart to cut out, color, and decorate. Hole punch the top of the heart and let children put a piece of yarn through the hole and add some plastic beads on the string and tie it loosely around their neck to make a necklace that can be easily taken off without untying the string.

PAPER PLATE LOVE HEARTS: Give each child a paper plate. Draw hearts with a marker or glue paper hearts around the edges of the paper plate to form a border around the plate. Write today's Bible verse in the middle section of the paper plate.

HEART BANNER: Give the children supplies to trace and cut out FOUR hearts. Let the children choose different colors for each heart if they wish. Tape the four hearts together and on the first heart write JESUS; on the second heart write LOVES; on the third heart write US; and fourth heart write, ALL. Hang the heart banners around the classroom.

SUCKER BALLOON BOUQUET: Give each child several suckers to rubber band together and add a ribbon. Stick a small balloon on a stick in the middle to form a bouquet and also serve as their treat for the day.

SING A SONG: "Jesus Loves the Little Children"; "Jesus Loves Me"

Song:  "Jesus Loves the Little Children"

Words and Music

MP3 Piano Accompaniment (Two measures introduction and sing twice.)

Song:  "Love One Another" by Charles Kirkpatrick

Words and Music

MP3 Piano Accompaniment (Two measures introduction and sing twice.)

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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