Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Heavenly Bread"

Scripture Reading:  John 6:41-51

HEAVENLY BREAD NECKLACES: Have the children draw, color, and cut out a picture of a small loaf of bread. String elongated plastic beads onto a plastic string and add the bread picture and more beads to make a necklace as a reminder of today’s lesson.

PUZZLED BREAD: The teacher will have the Bible verse for today, printed on a picture of a large loaf of bread. Cut the bread picture into SLICES and have children try to put the puzzled bread back together and recite the verse. You could have multiple pictures and divide the children into teams to see which team can put the puzzle back together quickest.

HEAVENLY BREAD NECK BANNER: Let the children make a banner with long strings attached so it can be worn around their neck. The children may wish to draw a large piece or loaf of bread on the neck banner and sprinkle toast crumbs onto some glue on the picture. Write I AM THE LIVING BREAD THAT CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN. In smaller letters and in a different marker color, write “If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” John 6:51

BREAD STICKS SNACK: Children can be given bread sticks to enjoy eating with honey dip or cheese sauce. Tell children then to DRAW some bread sticks and write JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE on top of their picture of a bread basket with the bread sticks in the basket. This can be hung by yarn on the child’s kitchen wall.

BREAD BOX: Give the children a small box to decorate and cover with construction paper to make a BREAD BOX! Have the children write the Bible verse, or other words from today’s lesson on index cards. (Examples: BREAD OF LIFE, LIVING BREAD, LIVE FOREVER) Place the index cards into the bread box to take home!

SHARING THE BREAD: Divide the children into teams. Give each team a tray with a variety of types of breads and muffins to take to other classrooms and SHARE the bread with others. Each team will say as they enter the room, “JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE”. We’d like to share some bread with YOU!

LIVING BREAD ACROSTIC: Class can create a LIVING BREAD acrostic together with words that will describe Jesus as the bread that came from heaven. Draw the acrostic on a very large picture of a slice of bread.

BREAD TASTING CONTEST: Have many kinds of breads and let children do a taste test. Blindfold the children and see how many different kinds breads they can identify! Let children know that today’s lesson will let them know that there is only ONE “BREAD OF LIFE!”

HOPSCOTCH BREAD: Play the traditional game of HOPSCOTCH using a dinner roll or small pieces of bread instead of a rock. Have words from today's lesson written in chalk on each square that children will shout out before "hopping" on that square. (Examples: LIVING BREAD, BREAD OF LIFE, JESUS, LIVE FOREVER)

BREAD THROW: Divide the children into two teams and have them stand in lines facing each other approximately eight or ten feet apart. Start the bread tossing from the first child across to the other child, then that child will throw it to the 2nd child on the other team, and continue back and forth. If the teacher desires, the game can be more competitive by having a rule that if a child drops the bread, that child would leave the game.

SHARE A SNACK: Provide the children with rolls, butter, jelly, peanut butter, ham and cheese, etc to make their own BREAD snack and let children share what they know about the bread of LIFE! (Be aware of any food allergies that the children may have.)

Song:  "Bread of Life"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer
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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