Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "First Things First"

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:51-62

FOLLOWING JESUS: Have the children stand along a line at one end of the classroom while the teacher will shake a dice or use a spinner to let children know how many steps to take. You could also divide into teams with each team going in turn to see which team gets to the finish line first, as they "FOLLOW Jesus" with their steps.

FOLLOW THE LEADER: Divide the children into teams to follow their leader or the teacher could lead the entire class in a FOLLOWING THE LEADER activity! Obstacles can be set up for this activity, or the leader could go around tables and chairs if playing indoors, or around trees or other obstacles if playing outdoors.

FOLLOW JESUS MOBILE: Provide construction paper or card stock for children to trace their foot and cut out. Make a mobile and add the children's "feet" to hang in the classroom. Mobile can just hang from a decorated hanger or dowel rods tied together in the shape of a cross! Children can decorate their "feet" before hanging them and write "I WILL FOLLOW JESUS."

FOLLOW JESUS PATH: Have the children trace their own feet and cut them out. Tell the children to place their cut outs on a path around a designated area of the classroom, and then let the children walk the path while music is playing.

FEET FOLLOWING: All the children's feet can be traced and cut out to place on a long piece of butcher paper. All the feet should face the same way and the "path" should aim upwards as if to Heaven. The children can write ways to follow Jesus on their foot prints.

NUMBER ONE: The teacher can draw a poster size block-letter number one (1). The children can take turns writing words from today's Bible verse, or words from today's lesson. Use brightly colored markers for the words and to color a border around the poster.

JESUS IS NUMBER 1 BANNER: Provide the children with long strips of paper to write JESUS IS NUMBER 1 and decorate with stars, stickers and glitter (if desired). Hang the banners from the child's shoulders.

SING A SONG: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS; FOLLOW ON

SHARE A SNACK: Take a walk as children FOLLOW the teacher to a hidden place for their snacks. Ask questions about following Jesus and things they learned today in FOLLOWING!

Song:  "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"

Words and music (pdf)

Piano Accompaniment (mp3)

Song:  "Follow On"

Words and music (pdf)

Piano Accompaniment (mp3)

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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