Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "God's Lost  and Found"

Scripture Reading: Luke 15:1-10

LESSON HUNT - At the beginning of our lesson today, children can be asked to HUNT for a shoe, a pair of glasses, a lunch box and a pair of mittens. Bring them back to the teacher to see what these have to do with our lesson today.

HUNT FOR LETTERS to fill in the empty blanks on the poster board that is on the focal wall. Part of the poster words can be written on the poster and the rest of the letters can be taped around the room for the children to find and to tape in the correct spots on the poster board. JESUS CAME TO SAVE LOST SINNERS! (ex: J__ s __ s C__ ___ e to S __ v ___ __ o ___ t S __n n ___r s!

HIDE AND SEEK - One child will be "IT" (the Shepherd) and all other children will run and hide in designated areas. When the "shepherd" finds a "sheep", he'll bring him back to the teacher and will say, REJOICE WITH ME, I HAVE FOUND MY LOST SHEEP, and the game can continue for as long as teacher desires.  To add interest to the game, have the person who is "it" dress in a costume to look like a shepherd.

LOST COIN HUNT - One coin can be hidden in a designated area and children can search high and low for the coin. Teacher will say several times NOT TO GIVE UP and they will continue to search. If coin is not found right away, the teacher can say they are getting hot or cold to point children in the right direction. Discussion about Jesus not giving up on us when we are lost after this coin hunt will encourage the children... as well as the teacher, actually :-))

COTTON BALL SHEEP HUNT - Teacher can have 99 "pieces" of cotton balls on a poster board. (Little legs and a head can be marked in if desired). At the beginning of Sunday School, children can count the cotton balls as they arrive in class. After class begins, children can share how many cotton balls representing SHEEP, that they counted. Children can HUNT for the 100th cotton ball "sheep" and place it on the poster. TITLE can be printed or traced (for younger ones), on the poster: REJOICE WITH ME - I HAVE FOUND MY LOST SHEEP.

COIN ETCHING - Each child can be given a coin, a pencil and a piece of white paper. They can slip the coin under the paper and etch the coin with the side of the pencil. (if pressed hard enough with the side of the pencil, the etching will show the coin). TITLE the paper to take home with Luke 15:10 as a remembrance of today's lesson, OR REJOICE WITH ME - I HAVE FOUND MY LOST COIN!

TREAT HUNT - Chocolate "coins" wrapped in foil could be a treat that the children could HUNT for, if desired ---- or any other treat that the teacher would like to have the children each hunt for at the end of class.

Song:  "He Saves, He Keeps, He Satisfies " - Bernie G. Osterhouse

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Song:  "Little Lamb" - Cinthia Jordan

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This song is provided through the courtesty of Cynthia Jordan and is on the "Kids for Kids - 25 Sunday School Songs" CD. To listen to all of the songs or to purchase the CD from which this song is taken, click here.

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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