Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Plugged In and Turned On"

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 5:14-16

ON AND OFF RELAY: Divide the children into two teams for this easy relay. Have one lamp for each team. Each child will run to the lamp and turn it on if it is off. The next player will run to turn it off, if it is on. Continue until all children have had an opportunity to run to turn on or turn off the lamp.

FLASHLIGHT RACING: Divide the children into as many groups as there are flashlights. Each team gets a flashlight that has no batteries in it. The batteries will be placed around the room. When the teacher says GO, the children will hunt for the batteries for their group's flashlight and will see which team can get the batteries into the flashlight and get it turned on the quickest!! When they get their batteries into the flashlight and it turns on, tell the children to flash their light to the BIBLE VERSE POSTER BOARD!!

FLASHLIGHT HUNTING: Find a dark spot in the designated area for children to use their flashlights to find pieces of paper or objects that have today's Bible Verse on them. When found, bring the Bible verse words back to the table and place in the correct order on a long table banner. Use flashlights to light up the Bible verse and read together several times.

PAPER BAG LIGHTS: Give each child a paper bag to decorate with words and verses from today's lesson. Cut out a few small holes in each paper bag as eyes, nose and mouth and ears, etc. Children can color the bag and make it look like themselves if desired. When the bags are completed, let children shine a flashlight into the bag to see the light showing through. If inexpensive mini flashlights can be afforded, each child could be given a flashlight to remember today's lesson.

JESUS POWER DRAWING: Give the children bright colored markers and paper to draw a decorated J-E-S-U-S on one side of the paper. Then give the children a string to glue from the word JESUS to a drawing of themselves, or small pieces of construction paper put together to look like themselves. Various shapes and sizes of paper will make a fun way for the children to glue together a drawing of themselves, if desired.

POWER SUPPLY PLATE: Give each child a paper plate to write words around the edges for the POWER SUPPLY in our lives, such as, WORSHIP, PRAISE, STUDY GOD'S WORD, and ACCEPT JESUS AS SAVIOR. Draw a light socket,etc in the middle of the plate. Tape a stick or dowel, etc to the back of the plate and march around the room or a designated area saying today's Bible Verse together and singing THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE together.

LIGHT TURNED ON DISPLAY: Give the children bright yellow construction paper to cut out a large light bulb. Children will glue the light bulb onto another piece of paper and write today's Bible verse on the light bulb, or "This Little Light of Mine - I'm going to let it shine". Hang the light bulbs on the classroom wall.

PAPER ROLL BRACELET: Take a toilet paper roll or paper towel roll and cut it into sections the right size to make a bracelet for the children. Let children paint the outside of the roll or color and decorate with markers, stickers and words from today's lesson --- drawing light bulbs and write, GONNA LET MY LIGHT SHINE, etc. Cut the "bracelet" lengthwise so that it can be spread aprart to wrap around the wrist like a bracelet and children will be able to wear it home to tell others about JESUS' LIGHT!

SING A SONG: "THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE"

SHARE A SNACK: Give children a decorated cupcake or a frosted cookie, with a bright colored yellow lightbulb on top.

Song:  "This Little Light of Mine"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer
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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