Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "The Thirst Quencher"

Scripture Reading:  John 4:5-42

WATER RELAY: Divide children into teams. Each team will run to the water area and fill a water bottle from a bucket and sit the bottle down. Then player will run back to his team and the next player will do the same until all children have had a chance to fill a bottle to the "fill line" and sit down at the team line. First team to fill all their water bottles will be the winners.

DRINK RELAY: Fill small dixie cups with water. Divide the children into teams and run a relay for the children to run to the dixie cups and drink all the water and run back to their team for the next player to do the same until all the children have had a chance to play.

SPORTS DRINK BIBLE VERSE: Give each child a small bottle of a sports drink. Children can be given construction paper to decorate a strip of paper with words from today's Bible verse or lesson and place around the bottle and tape. Encourage children to give their Bible lesson ideas to someone else after class and share the sports drink and verse with someone to keep.

THIRST QUENCHER SKIT: Let children act out today's lesson about Jesus in Samaria and being hot and tired and needing a rest, as well as the woman coming to the well for water, etc. Encourage all the children then to sit in a circle after the skit and practice saying parts of the Bible verse today.

CIRCLE THIRST QUENCHERS: Children can sit in a circle and be given a mini bottle of water with part of today's Bible verse on it. Children will then rearrange themselves to be in the right order of the Bible verse and then begin saying the Bible verse -- one "bottle" or phrase at a time. To have fun with this first, the children can read their phrases in the order that they first sat down in the circle and then will realize the verse is in the wrong order and can then move around so the verse is in correct sequence.

GIANT WATER BOTTLE CUT OUT OR DRAWING: On a poster board, draw a very large water bottle or soda pop bottle. Let children write parts of today's lesson about Jesus satisfying our thirst. Encourage children draw a small Bible and place their own name in their drawing on this water bottle.

THIRST ADVERTISEMENT: Divide the children into teams and let each team work on an advertisement for JESUS SATISFIES OUR THIRST. After a certain amount of time, let children share their "THIRST ADVERTISEMENT" with the rest of the class!!! Give each team a soda pop bottle for their ad, as well as other props if children desire, such as caps, t shirts, pendants, balloons, etc.

JESUS ART: Let children write GIANT letters J - E - S - U - S on a piece of construction. Add glue and glitter around the edges and write LIVING WATER with bright colored markers. Hang the JESUS ART around the room for children to be reminded that JESUS is the Living Water!

SING A SONG: (Sing to the tune of JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN)... JESUS IS THE LIVING WATER, LIVING WATER TO MY SOUL; I WILL GIVE MY HEART TO HIM, HE WILL GIVE ME JOY AGAIN, JESUS IS THE LIVING WATER TO MY SOUL.

SHARE A SNACK: Provide several different types of juices and let children make a juice mix of their choice (such as grape, orange, cherry, strawberry, etc) and pour into a bottle. Before taking their first drink, encourage each child to try to recite today's Bible verse.

Song:  "Jesus Is the Living Water"  (Sung to the tune "Jesus Loves the Little Children)

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Piano accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer)

Song:  "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Piano accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer)

Song:  "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say" (2nd stanza)

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Piano accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer)

These songs are 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 36 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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