Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams
Sermon Title: "Living Water"
Scripture Reading: John 4:5-42
SING AND SEEK: Teacher can hide a small water bottle behind something in the classroom. Before starting the SEEK, tell children to sing a specific SLOW kids' song when they are seeking, but then give them a fast song when they "spot" the little water bottle with today's Bible verse on it, and then the other children will keep singing the SLOW song until THEY find the hunted-water-bottle and then THEY will begin singing the fast song. Noone will touch or point to the bottle but will only sing the designated fast song until all are singing the fast song. Then the teacher can appoint someone to bring the "found" water bottle to the table for our lesson today.
LOOK UP GAME: Blind fold all children and tell them to hunt for a special "treasure" in the room. While the children are in another area getting blind-folded, someone will hang suckers from the ceiling. After two minutes of children looking blind-folded for a treasure, have children take off their blind fold and tell them to LOOK UP! Each child can get a sucker and then begin today's lesson and the "treasure" we're going to talk about - that JESUS GIVES US LIVING WATER! Tell children that we can always LOOK UP for God's treasures!
BOX FUN: Fill a small box with various types of water bottles and kids' drink boxes and bottles. Have children take turns in reaching in and trying to tell which "refreshing drink" they have their hands on. After everyone has had an opportunity to have some BOX FUN, discuss today's lesson about Jesus being the "living water" and very REFRESHING to our souls.
TREAT REFRESHER: Let each child choose a bottle of water or juice and give them a long piece of paper and markers to write and decorate the bottle with JESUS GIVES US LIVING WATER. Tape their piece of decorated paper onto the bottle to remember today's lesson.
WATER BOTTLE NECKLACE: Teacher can have "bottle of water" cut outs ready for children when they come into class. (Make the drawing simple and with a pop up top - make out of heavier paper or poster board). Children can write JESUS GIVES US LIVING WATER and then hang their "art" around their neck with yarn that is strung through the holes that are punched out in the bottle. An option to this idea would be to give each child an actual small EMPTY water bottle to hang around their neck and write the words above on a long piece of bright paper and tape onto the bottle.
DEER POSTER: Give each child a picture of a deer (clip art, etc) and let them glue that picture to a piece of construction paper. Write JESUS IS THE LIVING WATER, and encourage children to write or tape a typed-out prayer that ends our lesson: Heavenly Father, As the deer longs for streams of water, so do I long for the living water. In Jesus' name, Amen.
SPREADING THE "REFRESHMENT": Have a cake pan on the classroom table. Let each child squirt some water from a bottle into the cake pan. Discussion on sharing Jesus with others so that EVERYONE will know that JESUS IS THE LIVING WATER and it can spread and spread and spread if we know Jesus as our Savior and want to share that refreshing LIVING water with others, so we don't keep it "bottled" up, but we give out the GOOD NEWS!
Song: "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well"
Song: "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say" (2nd stanza)
These songs are 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.
Song: "As the Deer" by Martin Nystrom
Since this song is under copyright, we cannot provide the music, but it can be found in many hymnals and praise and worship song books. It is in Word/Integrity Music's Celebration Hymnal. (No. 548)
|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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