Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Building Bridges"

Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:15-20

FRIEND CUT OUTS: Give children half sheets of construction paper. Fold back and forth and then draw a "friend" on the front with the hands straight out. Cut the "friends" out but do NOT cut on the fold where the hands would be. When this is unfolded, all the "friends" should be hooked together, to tape to a wall or on a poster about today's lesson and write MAKE A FRIEND.... LOVE AND FORGIVE!

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS: Draw and cut out "friends" and form the cut-outs in a circle with hands touching to hold hands. Glue onto a large poster board or individual construction paper posters. Write FRIENDS LOVE AND FORGIVE - Matthew 18:15b

FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS: Give each child 3 different colors of yarn or colored string and help them braid them together to make a bracelet to fit their wrist and tie loosely. If time allows, let children make a second bracelet to give to a FRIEND!

FRIENDS BANNER: Let children go to the wall with a long empty banner taped to it. Let each child draw a few stick figure "friends" on the banner and write names on each friend. With bright neon markers, the teacher can write LOVE AND FORGIVENESS around the edges!

FRIENDS SNACK BAG: Give each child a white or brown lunch bag. Tear the top 1/3 (approx) of the bag off. Tape two thin strips of construction paper to the bag for handles. Give children some markers and stickers to decorate their FRIEND BAG. Children can write on their bags, "FRIENDS SHOULD ALWAYS LOVE AND FORGIVE". The teacher can have several bowls of various small snacks. Let children take one snack from each container to put in their "friends bag". Encourage children to give their bag to a friend. Then let children take a few candies/treats for themselves to enjoy before leaving class!

MAGNETIC FRIEND: Let children draw and cut out a picture "friend" picture on heavy posterboard. Give pieces of cloth to glue on for a shirt, etc. Let children glue some yarn around the head for hair and color their "friend". Attach a magnet to the back of the "friend". If children would like to add a "sign", they can tape a toothpick to the hand of their cut out "friend" and attach/tape on a small sign to the toothpick that says FRIENDS LOVE AND FORGIVE.

Song:  "Did You Think to Pray" by Wm. O. Perkins (adapted)

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Song:  "Love One Another" by Charles Kirkpatrick

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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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