Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Speak Up!"

Scripture Reading: Mark 10:46-52

BLINDFOLD RELAY: Let children be blindfolded in each team and then try to find a special item in the team's basket and take the blindfold off and run that item down to the finish line and run back to the team when the next blindfolded team member will find an item in the basket and run it down to the finish line, etc. The teacher can tell the item that the child should try to feel in the basket for -- such as a stuffed dog, a plastic glass, a piece of paper, etc.

"I WANT TO SEE" RELAY: Children can divide up into teams and take turns running to the teacher or another team leader and the teacher/leader will say -- WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO FOR YOU? and then the child will say I WANT TO SEE... and the teacher will touch their eyes and then the child will run quickly back to their team to continue the relay race.

BARTIMAEUS RELAY: Have all the children put on a sweater or jacket before the game. Have all the children stand against a wall and when the teacher shouts, BARTIMAEUS, the children will run to the other wall and throw off their coats and RUN back to the other wall! Continue again as time allows.

MEGAPHONES: Give children construction paper to decorate with sticker stars and markers. Write or trace in large letters on the megaphone...LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN UNTO GOD. and then roll the paper in the shape of a megaphone and tape. Let children march around a designated area using their megaphones and shouting LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN UNTO GOD. Then sit in a circle and have the children sharE their requests to God and pray together while holding hands.

EYE CHART: Let each child draw a LARGE EYE with eye brows and lashes, etc - on a big piece of paper, OR cut out pieces of the various parts of the eye and have children glue or tape those onto another piece of paper. Encourage children to write I WANT TO SEE JESUS. The teacher can have a BIBLE VERSE EYE CHART at one end of the room and let children see if they can see the smallest writing or the largest writing and then read the Bible verse portion that says, "Rabbi, I want to see"!

PRAYING HANDS: Give each child a piece of paper and pencil or color crayon to trace their neighbor's hand sitting next to them. Encourage children to write, WHY WORRY WHEN I CAN PRAY?

CHALK TALK: Let each child go to the chalk board and draw or trace their own praying hands and write their own name in the hand that they drew. Then write some letters but leave some blank lines _____ for missing letters and let children take turns trying to guess a letter that is needed, for ALL WE NEED TO DO IS TO ASK IN JESUS' NAME. AMEN.

NEEDS/WANTS POSTER COLLAGE: Give children magazine cut out pictures to tape or glue under the proper column as the class discusses NEEDS AND WANTS. At the end of the NEEDS/WANTS collage time, the teacher can place a long banner slanted across the picture, that the children have painted or colored that will say THANK YOU JESUS.

PRAYING HANDS POCKETS: Before classtime, the teacher can have several bright colored praying hands taped to the classroom wall in various places. Either make 2 praying hands for each so that a piece of paper can be slipped into the "pocket" of the hands, or just tape the piece of paper under the prayer hands. Have a word from our Bible verse behind each praying hand and let children put the words in the correct order on a poster board. The children could then tape the praying hands around the border of the poster board for a wall display!

SING A SONG: Jesus Loves Me; Jesus Loves the Little Children; God is Good to Me.

BLIND TREATS: Tell children to close their eyes and to put out their hand and make a request for a treat, PLEASE! Then the teacher will place a small treat in each hand before they can open their eyes! :-)

Song:  "Open My Eyes that I May See"

Words and Music (pdf)

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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 15 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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