Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Don't Be a Show Off"

Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:1-12

PROUD/FALL GAME: Have all the children spread out in a large designated area. When the teacher shouts out, "PROUD", the children will stand tall and walk around with their noses in the air but when the teacher shouts, "FALL", the children will fall to the ground. Continue as time allows, to get all the wiggles out of the children and then tell them that today's Bible lesson teaches us that we should not think too highly of ourselves.

USE TALENTS TO GLORIFY GOD: Let the children write some of the talents that they have or would like to have on a poster. Then write in big RED LETTERS - "GLORY TO GOD"! Discuss why our talents should be given to glorify GOD and not to show off to others.

BIBLE VERSE BALLOONS: Have the children or teacher (for younger children) write "SHOW OFF" on a balloon and then blow the balloon up and discuss being SHOW A OFF!

WRAP A GIFT: The teacher will show a wrapped gift to each child and discuss with the children that our abilities are a gift from God. Then let the children wrap a small box with a small mirror inside to remind them that God has given them special gifts (abilities) to give back to Him.

BALLOON DRAWING MEMORY VERSE: Draw balloons on the chalkboard and let the children fill in a word on each balloon from our Bible memory verse. (Matthew 23:12) Then the teacher can erase one word at a time and have children recite the Bible verse filling in the missing words.

BALLOON HEART: Pump up a long balloon and have children twist into the shape of a heart to remind them that GOD "loves" them and has given them special talents to use to show their love for HIM—not to show off for others! (These balloons and a pump are sold at dollar stores and are very inexpensive.) Instructions: How to make a heart ballooon.

ABILITY AND GIFTS BALLOONS: The teacher will write abilities or gifts from God small strips of paper and place them inside balloons. As the children leave their classroom at the end of class, the teacher will hand one or two balloons for the child to take home. Let the children know that there is a gift or ability written on a piece of paper inside their balloon that they can find after going home and popping their balloon. (Examples of some of the gifts and abilities you might include are singing, reading, praying, helping, and encouraging others.)

SHARE A SNACK: The teacher will prepare frosted cookies decorated with picture of a balloon using gel frosting.

Song:  "O Come, Let Us Adore Him" - Traditional

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Song:  "Praise Him! Praise Him!" - Traditional

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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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