Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Seeing Clearly"

Scripture Reading:  Luke 24:13-35

"SEEING" our Bible Verse: Teacher can write the Bible verse in very VERY tiny print on various pieces of paper on the walls around a designated place. Give each child a turn at using binoculars from across the room to find and READ our Bible verse on one of those little mini pieces of paper. *****If children are too young to read, they can use the binoculars to find the word JESUS written in tiny print somewhere on the classroom wall.

"SEEING" our Bible lesson: After the story today has been told, the teacher can bring the children to a designated area and ask them questions that they'll need to find with the binoculars. (The answers will be written in VERY tiny print around the room for children to find and read with their binoculars.

"SEEING" Game: Give each a child an opportunity to DO SOMETHING that the other children have to try to SEE and then guess at what it is. Tell children to do SMALL motions such as wink an eye, move one finger, move a toe, wiggle an ear, wag their tongue, etc. Discussion about the difficulty in "seeing and understanding" that we face each day. When a child feels he can guess, he'll say, "I SEE, I SEE"! If children can NOT guess what the other child is doing after several tries, then the children will "need help in understanding", just as taught in our lesson today.

SEEING outside: If weather permits and teacher chooses to allow for outside time for class, children can take turns using a binocular to SEE THINGS far away that they have never seen or noticed before. The BIBLE VERSE today could be shared outside and written in various colors of CHALK on the parking lot.

CHALK "SEEING": Children can go outside and draw big EYE GLASSES on the parking lot before the teacher tells the story again and discussion about what the disciples had trouble understanding what they had SEEN!!!

BIBLE VERSE HUNT:  This can be done indoors or outdoors. Teacher can have today's Bible Verse written on several pictures or drawings of eye glasses. These can be hidden and have children try to SEE the glasses with the Bible verse on them. The pictures and sections of the Bible verse can be put in order by the children and try to memorize the verse together.

EYE SEEING CHART: Let children make a SEEING EYE CHART, similar to one in a eye doctor's office. The letters on the first line will be BIG, the letters on the second line will be a little smaller, the letters on the 3rd line will be a little smaller, etc. The TITLE can be "SEEING JESUS", etc.   The words can be on the chalk board for the children to copy, such as JESUS HELPS US TO SEE AND UNDERSTAND OUR LIVES, or JESUS HELPS ME UNDERSTAND MORE CLEARLY WHEN I AM CONFUSED, or JESUS HELPS ME SEE THAT HE LOVES ME AND THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR!  ****For younger children, the teacher can have the letters lightly drawn for the children to trace over the above words on their eye charts!

"SEEING" MINI TREATS:  Teacher can have very small candies hidden where children will have to try HARD to "SEE" treats, with or without the binoculars! ENJOY!

Song:  "Open My Eyes that I May See" by Clara H. Scott

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Piano Accompaniment - Right click and save to your computer. (Two measures introduction and sing twice.)

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 been in the ministry for more than 35 years.  They 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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