Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams
Sermon Title: "He Has Chosen Us"
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
FAMILY COLLAGE 4 HEAVEN: Use old greeting cards or magazine pictures (of children and people) to make a collage of all God’s adopted children. Write GOD HAS CHOSEN US FOR ADOPTION.
I AM ADOPTED ART: Each child can draw a picture of themselves in the middle of the paper. Write - I AM ADOPTED, I’M THE ONLY ONE OF MY KIND. Decorate the paper as child desires and make a border for the ART.
FACE PAINTING: Someone can come into the classroom and help the teacher to draw a happy face heart on each child’s face and write I AM ADOPTED!
GOD’S FAMILY: Draw a picture of heaven, with shiny GOLD foil or wrapping paper for the streets, inked-fingerprints for children in heaven, etc. Write in bright markers, WE ARE ADOPTED INTO GOD’S FAMILY.
ADOPTED FAMILY OLYMPICS: Let children make a banner to hold as they march in a parade. Give supplies to each team for a parade – whistles, flags, kazoos, streamers, etc. The banners can be decorated and say WE ARE ADOPTED INTO GOD’S FAMILY! Children can march to fun music or sing some songs that they would like to sing in their parade.
FOOT FAMILY: Let children trace both of their feet several times and cut the feet out. Place in the shape of a wreath and tape or glue to a paper plate. Write their family names on the “foot family” and ADOPTED BY GOD on the wreath.
FAITH AND TRUST PAPERS: Give children papers to write FAITH on one paper and TRUST on the other. See how many words children can write on their paper about today’s lesson before the buzzer or time is up. Tell children to think about all the ideas about adoption, God’s family, thanking Him, loving us, etc, for their “timed test”. Children will enjoy sharing all the words or phrases that they came up with.
ADOPTION PAPERS: The teacher can make up an adoption form on the computer to give to each child. Use parts of our lesson today to complete the form for the children. Let children fill out the paper and roll up like a scroll and tie the scroll with a ribbon. Idea for the “adoption papers” could be: GOD HAS CHOSEN __________________ FOR ADOPTION INTO GOD’S FAMILY. ____________________________ THANKS MY FATHER IN HEAVEN FOR LOVING ME AND ADOPTING ME INTO HIS FAMILY. Signed __________________________________, Adopted Child
ADOPTION CAKE: Have a frosted and decorated cake with GOD’S KIDS, or I AM ADOPTED, etc. Let children enjoy a piece of cake for their treat today!
SING A SONG: FAMILY OF GOD, HE MADE ME SOMETHING SPECIAL. GOD IS SO GOOD, or YES, LORD, YES
|About Carol Williams|
|Carol and her husband have been in the ministry for 35 years. They have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and for the last 14 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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