Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick
Sermon Title: "Love Your Enemies "
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:43-48
HEART RUN: Divide class into teams and each team will run a relay of a HEART RUN.... running to the basket on the other side of the room and grabbing a cut out heart and taping it on their shirt and running back to the team for the next player to run to the basket and grab a heart and pin it on the shirt and continue to play until all the team has completed their heart run.
HEART MAZE: Set up an obstacle maze course for children to follow the hearts in the correct order, with heart all along the maze course and numbers in order for children to follow (1-20 hearts). When chiIdren reach the end, they will decorate a heart and bring it back to place on giant poster board heart on the classroom wall. Children can write on heart such as LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, or PRAY FOR NEIGHBORS AND ENEMIES, etc.
PIN CROSS ON HEART: Children will take turns being blindfolded and being turned around and around and then pin or tape a cut-out cross to the giant heart on the wall. A variation to the game would be to have the children be blindfolded and then EACH child tape a cut out smaller cross to the heart that has their name on the cross, so when the game is over, there will be many hearts on the cross and then PRAY together as a class for all of their enemies to see JESUS in their HEART and to LOVE them as Jesus wants us to love them.
HEART BOOKMARKERS: Provide children with various colored heart cut outs to glue to a book mark that they will decorate and write LOVE MY ENEMIES, or to write today's Bible verse on the marker.
HEART WREATH: Give each child a paper plate that has the middle cut out of it, so plate will act as a wreath for children to tape or glue many colors of cut out hearts around the entire round edge of the paper plate. Hang the plate by a string or yarn. On many of the hearts, the children can draw or write names of others to pray for.
HEART BUTTON PIN: Give children construction paper and markers, stickers and glitter to decorate a "pin" that they can pin to their shirts -- Children can write LOVE AND PRAY FOR MY ENEMIES on the buttons when decorating. Tape "pin" on the shirt, or hot glue a safety pin to the back to pin to the child's shirt.
HEART PRAYER: A large red heart can be placed on the table or on the classroom wall. Let children take bright markers to take turns writing words from today's prayer on the heart. ("Father, it is easy to love those who love us. Help us to love our enemies so that they might know that we are your children. In Jesus' name we pray, AMEN.) Around the edge of the heart, tell children to write their name in one continuous "border" for the heart.
HEART MOBILE: Let children decorate an empty paper towel roll with colored papered and stickers, etc. Cut out and decorate hearts. Hang colored and decorated hearts to the decorated paper roll. Each heart can have parts of today's lesson or Bible verse on the hearts. Place yarn or string all the way through the paper roll and tie at the top for hanging.
LOVE CHART: This can be on a large poster board or as a chalkboard activity. Each child can draw a heart and write a reason inside the drawn heart for reasons to love others. This can lead to a group discussion of why and how to love others, as well as problems that children might face in dealing with an "enemy".
SING A SONG: JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN
SHARE A SNACK: Heart shaped cookies would be fun to frost and decorate and ENJOY!
Song: "Love One Another" - Charles Kirkpatrick
This song may be freely downloaded and reproduced for religious or educational use by churches, schools, home schoolers, and other non-profit organizations.
|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 a clowning ministry in which she is known as Bubbles tc (the clown).|
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