Interactive Group Activities

by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Peace! Be Still!"

Scripture Reading:  Mark 4:35-41

ROCKING BOAT RELAY: Let children divide into groups of 3 or as teacher decides for childrens' abilities. Two children will pick up another smaller child just a little bit off the floor and ROCK the child like a boat as they run to the finish line or a designated area.

"QUIET BE STILL" RUN: Let the children all run and shout and sing until the whistle blows and the teacher will say QUIET BE STILL! Everyone "freezes" until the whistle blows again and then children can resume their singing or shouting until another whistle blows when children will once again "freeze" and the teacher will shout out QUIET BE STILL. Continue to play several times so children can hear a part of the Bible story and memory verse today.

BUILD A BOAT: Let children all build and decorate a boat, made out of styrofoam (used meat trays, etc) and toothpicks and a piece of cloth for the sail. If a large tub (such as a plastic under-the-bed storage unit) is available, the children could float their boats and listen to the Bible story today!

STORM CLOUDS: Give children supplies to draw storm clouds on a piece of construction paper. Give markers to write various "storms" that can happen in our lives today. Write a "storm" on each cloud. Children could then draw a sun and write JESUS GIVES PEACE IN THE MIDDLE OF A STORM.

BOAT VERSE PUZZLE: Give children an outline of a boat to decorate and to fill in the blanks on the boat puzzle with today's Bible verse on it. The teacher can have a few words from today's verse and the children can fill in the rest! Then tell the children to cut their boats into 6, 8 or 10 pieces, (as teacher desires for class ages). Then the children will pass their cut up Bible boat puzzle to the right and let another child try to put the boat puzzle together!

BUILD A BIBLE STORY: Give children various sizes of cut out pieces of construction paper such as squares, ovals, circles, triangles, etc. Tell the children to glue the pieces onto a piece of construction paper to show today's story. Let the children take turns telling the story and explaining their picture and what they learned from today's story and what STORMS that they may face in their lives.

"PEACE, BE STILL" SKIT: Let children get into a pretend boat and rock with the waves. One child can be Jesus and pretend to sleep at the other end and as the teacher or another classmate reads today story, the children can play act as the WINDS BLOW HARD and the waves are high and the water is coming into the boat, etc!! At the end of the story, let "Jesus" stand up and say PEACE, BE STILL! Let all the children then get into the pretend BOAT and throw a small ball back and forth as each one who catches the ball tells about a "storm" that they might go through as a child.

FIVE BOATS OF PEACE: The teacher can have 5 outlines of boats on a poster board. Title the poster board -- 5 boats of PEACE. Let children work/discuss together about a word for each letter of the word PEACE, to show what Jesus does or what we can do when we go through a storm.

SING A SONG: I'VE GOT PEACE LIKE A RIVER; Children could sing some new words to the tune of "London Bridge is Falling down", such as "I've got peace, I'm not alarmed, not alarmed, not alarmed, I've got peace, I'm not alarmed, the storms will do no harm", etc. Children could be rocking in the pretend "boat" from the activity above, if teacher desires!

BOAT SNACKS: Have gold fish crackers, gummy worms, and juice for the children to enjoy inside the pretend boat!!!

Song:  "I've Got Peace Like a River"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer

This song is 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.

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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