Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "As I Have Loved You"

Scripture Reading: John 15:9-17

SUCKER RELAY: Divide the children into teams or groups. Set a timer for the length of time you want the relay to last. When the timer starts, team members will take turns running to a bucket filled with small suckers and will take ONE sucker and run back to the team and put it in the team bucket. The relay will continue until the time is up. When the time is up, the children will count their suckers and see which team has the most. Tell the children that each sucker represents other boys and girls who need to be shown God's Love.

BUBBLE BLOWING: Give each child a small bottle of bubble soap and let them blow as many bubbles as possible during a specified time limit. Tell children that there are more boys, girls, men and women who need to know about God's love than all the bubbles they have blown.

LOVE RUN: Before class time begins, the teacher will put pieces of tape with GOD'S LOVE written on them at various places around the room. When the teacher says, GO FIND GOD'S LOVE, the children will search for the pieces of tape and quickly tape the words on a poster board until the designated time is up!

PEOPLE CHAIN: Provide the children with strips of various colors of construction paper that are all the same length and size. The children will be given a specified time limit to make as many paper loops linked together to form a chain. Explain to the children that each loop represents all the people, regardless of their skin color, that need to know GOD's Love.

PEOPLE FOLD OUTS: To begin making a paper doll chain, cut a sheet of construction paper in half lengthwise. Accordion fold your paper, making the folds as wide as you want your paper doll to be. Draw the doll shape onto the top fold. A basic doll shape is fine for beginners. Carefully cut out the design remembering that you should not cut the ends of the arms or the feet because this will make the chain fall apart. When opened up, the person should form a chain of 3 or 4 people. Let the children hang all their people on the wall representing those who need to know GOD's love.

HEART WREATH: Give each child a paper plate to lightly color and then glue or tape colored hearts all around the edge of the plate. Write today's Bible verse inside the middle section of the plate.

LOVE PRAYER BAGS: Give each child a lunch bag to decorate with markers and stickers. The child will then be given cut out hearts to write a name of someone they know on each heart and place all of their name hearts INSIDE the lunch bag. Encourage the children to take one heart out of the LOVE BAG each day and say a prayer for that person to experience GOD's LOVE that day. Make sure that everyone in the class writes their Sunday School classmate's names as well as the teacher's name!

LOVE CARD: Give each child a piece of card stock paper to fold and to write today's Bible verse inside the card. Write GOD'S LOVE on the outside of the card, as well as stickers, glitter, hearts, foam hearts or crosses. Children can be encouraged to stand their LOVE card on their dinner table at home.

SING A SONG: LOVE ONE ANOTHER

SHARE A SNACK: Let children decorate HEART SHAPED cookies with frosting and sprinkles and then eat their snack together. If time allows, children can decorate a second cookie to share with someone as they tell of GOD's love from today's story.

Song:  "Love One Another"

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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 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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