Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "I'll Be Back!"

Scripture Reading:  Luke 4:1-13

TEMPTATION BALLS: Give each child an empty paper towel roll and some styrofoam balls. The child will use the paper towel roll to hit the styrofoam balls into the garbage pail that has a big sign on it which will say GOD'S WORD. Count the balls after each child's turn to see how many "temptation balls" the child got taken care of by GOD's WORD!

"I'LL BE BACK" TEMPTATION RELAY: Put chocolate chip cookies or muffins or cupcakes on a table. Divide the class into teams. Let the first team member run to the treat table and tag the table and shout -- I'LL BE BACK, and run back to the next player and the relay will continue until all players have gone to the treat table and have shouted, I'LL BE BACK. Then have children run the relay once again but THIS time, the child will take one treat and run back to the team for each member to make the temptation run. As players get back to their team, they will sit down at the back of their team line, and eat their treat while the other players continue to play the game until everyone has a treat!

TEMPTATION 'HITS': Designate one child or the teacher to hold a large poster board that is colored, decorated and has written GOD'S WORD in large letters. The children will try to throw wads of paper or soft beach balls or soft/dry water balls at the child or teacher who is walking across the room with the GOD'S WORD poster board. Tell the children that the wads of paper represent temptation. Ask children if they would get hit more if they had the GOD'S WORD board in front of them or if they just walked without the board. If time allows, try the balls toward a child or teacher withOUT the GOD"S WORD in front of them!!!!

TEMPTATION PANTOMIME: Let children do a temptation pantomime for the rest of the class. When the child's pantomime is guessed correctly, the child will then hold up a sign that says, GOD'S WORD, to let children know that every temptation that is guessed can be handled by GOD's WORD every day!

POPCORN KNOCK DOWN: Fill a glass with water and give the children popcorn to throw AT the glass to try and knock it down. Tell the children that the popcorn represents TEMPTATION and the glass of water represents GOD'S WORD (tape a little sign on the glass for GOD"S WORD). Make sure children stand back far enough to not tip the glass of water over, etc.

TEMPTATION BANNER: Give each child a long piece of paper and markers. Children will first draw a STONE and write words for that temption on or around the stone. Then children can draw some MOUNTAINS under that STONE area, and write the words for that temption on the mountains. Then children will draw an outline of a TEMPLE and write some words from that temptation. Make sure children write Jesus' answer from scripture for each temptation.

BIBLE WALKIN': Let the children take turns leading the class in a BIBLE WALK around a designated area. Each child should be carrying a Bible up over his/her head during the WALK!! The children should repeat the walking leader's words as they're shouted out -- such as a cadence or poem for WE CAN..... RESIST TEMPTATION..... WITH GOD'S WORD - make it a "beat" for children to march to. Continue to change the leader for the BIBLE WALKIN' until everyone has had an opportunity to lead, if desired.

RESIST THE DEVIL CHALK TALK: The teacher can write or draw a temptation on the chalk board. Let a child come to the board with chalk and write what the BIBLE says about that temptation... or draw a simple picture..... OR as another option, the children can take turns drawing a temptation on the chalkboard and the teacher can tell the children what GOD's Word says about that temptation and how to RESIST THE DEVIL. Gather in a circle and pray together to resist the devil when he tries to lead us astray.

SING A SONG: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS; or 1-2-3, THE DEVIL'S AFTER ME 4-5-6 HE'S ALWAYS THROWING BRICKS 7-8-9 HE MISSES EVERY TIME HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH AMEN!!!

Song:  "Thy Word" by E. O. Sellers

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer) '

Song:  "1-2-3, The Devil's After Me " Old Camp Song

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 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 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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