Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Feeding the 5000" and "A Feast for All"

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:13-21

BREAD AND FISH: Let the children pass around a homemade loaf of bread and each child can take a piece and place in a small sandwich bag that they have decorated with stickers. Then let the children each take a handful of "goldfish" crackers and talk about the lesson!

ROCK ART: Let each child pick out a smooth rock and paint it and write LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT!

BUBBLES PLAY TIME: Give each child a small bottle of bubble blowing liquid and tell them to see how MUCH can come out of a very small bottle of bubbles. Tell children that ALL those bubbles can represent all the things that GOD can do when HE is in our lives!!

GROWING LUNCHES: Set up a table with a variety of items (raisins, fish crackers, M&M's, cookies, etc) and have children decorate a paper lunch bag with stickers and markers with LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT, or FEEDING THE 5000. Let children make their "lunches" GROW by taking a little of each item on the table.

BASKET FILLING: Have the children to make small baskets out of a sheet of construction paper by folding in the sides and adding a handle. Let them fill their baskets with small items that the teacher provides. Encourage the children to put a few things in their baskets that they could share with someone else while telling today's story!

TIE DYE SHIRTS: Provide inexpensive t shirts that have been tie dyed. Let the children put cardboard between the 2 layers and use fabric markers to write LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT.

BREAD AND FISH DRAWING: Give the children markers an paper to draw a large piece of bread and some fish and write LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT. Write today's Bible verse on the piece of bread in the picture!

VISOR ART: Using some inexpensive visors you can get from a craft store, let the children write LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT on them and wear their visors while telling people how Jesus fed the 5000, etc.

SUNDAY SUNDAES: Give each child a small bowl or an ice cream cone and supplies to BUILD a Sunday SUNDAE! Tell the children that they will start with a little and watch their ice cream GROW! This will make a FUN summer treat to enjoy!

Song:  "Little Is Much"  by Kitte L. Suffield

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

Song:  "Loaves and Fishes" by Cindy Jordan - Used by permission

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Demo Track

This song is copyright Cindy Jordan and is used by permission.

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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