Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Jesus Answers Hard Questions"

Scripture Reading: Luke 20:27-40

HEAVENLY CLOUDS: The teacher will draw 3 big fluffy clouds on posters. Have the children write on the clouds - NO LONGER DIE, LIKE THE ANGELS, GOD'S CHILDREN, and glue little cotton balls on the edges of the clouds. LUKE 20:36 can be written on a separate cloud.

HEAVENLY CLOUD DISPLAY: Have a large, poster-sized cloud on the focal wall for children to write these words in the cloud - WE WILL LIVE FOREVER AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD.

LIVING PEOPLE DISPLAY: Make cut outs of connecting people and tape it to the wall or door of the classroom. Have the children tape the words above the connecting people that says, HE IS THE GOD OF THE LIVING. (To make "connecting people", fold construction paper back and forth several times and cut through all the thicknesses for half a person and when this is unfolded, the people will still be connected in a long string of people. If my directions aren't clear, just cut out many little construction-paper people and tape next to each other on the wall.)

CANDY CORN WORDS: Teacher hill have a large bowl of candy corn for children to eat, as well as to glue on their 8 X 10 piece of brown or yellow poster board. Children can choose words from the lesson such as LOVE AND TRUST JESUS, or LIVE FOREVER IN HEAVEN, or GOD IS THE GOD OF THE LIVING, etc.

WORDS GAME: The teacher will have colorful printed words on a large poster board with a little piece of paper covering each word. The children will take turns removing one little paper covering on each word, at a time. Children can see who can figure out first what the WORDS GAME POSTER says - IF WE LOVE HIM AND TRUST IN HIM, WE WILL LIVE FOREVER IN HEAVEN WITH HIM.

HAPPY FACE PAPER PLATE ART: Each child will be given a paper plate and markers to draw happy faces all over the plate or happy face stickers. Words can be written on the middle of the plate or around the edges that say - ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN. If there is time and teacher chooses to add the sad faces on the back side of the plate, children can draw some SAD faces and write (Sadducees - SAD YOU SEE - DIDN'T BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION.)

HEAVEN FOREVER GAME: A little treat could be given to each child who can list something special in heaven that we don't have here on earth such as JESUS is there, no more sickness, no crying, golden streets to walk on, no more nights, heavenly singing, angels, all our loved ones, etc. These things could be written on the chalkboard as they're called off, or children could draw a quick picture of what they're thinking of and see if the other children can guess what it is!

Song:  "I Have the Joy " by George W. Cooke, arr. by Elaine Kirkpatrick

Song Sheet (PDF)

Piano Accompaniment MP3 - Right click and save to your computer

This song is in the public domain and may be freely downloaded and reproduced for religious or educational use by churches, schools, home schoolers, and other non-profit organizations.

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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