Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Just What the Doctor Ordered"

Scripture Reading:  Luke 4:14-21

"WE ARE SICK" Game: The teacher should have as many medical supplies in the classroom as possible. (Crutches, stethoscope, pretend needles from play-doctor-set; band aids, blood pressure kit). As children come into the classroom, they will pretend to be sick and will receive medical treatment from the supplies that are available. The teacher will explain to the children that today's lesson will tell that Jesus came to heal the sick.

OPERATION GAME: (This is a commercial game available at many toy stores. You may be able to find someone who has one.) The children will operate on various parts of the body that are not working correctly as God had planned before SIN came into the world.

PRESCRIPTION GAME: Have a prescription form and let the children write prescription for an ailment of their choice. Theyt can sign their name to the prescription or make up a doctor's name. On the presceiption, the children will write what they want another classmate to do to get better — things such as stick out your tongue; stomp your feet; shake their hands, etc! Finish the activity by asking, WHO IS OUR DOCTOR (God) and what is OUR AILMENT (sin) and WHAT MUST WE DO (repent and live for Jesus).

TRACING OF ME:

Option 1: Have a child lie down on a sheet of butcher paper and have another child trace the outline of their body. The child will then color in the eyes, hair, mouth, and clothes. Have them draw a big red HEART and write in BIG LETTERS: "Jesus is the GREAT PHYSICIAN - Jesus gave me a new heart".... or something similar to teach the lesson truths.

Option 2: Have one child lie down on a piece of butcher paper and have another child trace his/her body. Other children will add hair, eyes, clothes, shoes, big Red Heart, BIG LETTERS, etc, according to what part they draw from a HAT. (Teacher will have the various parts written on little pieces of paper for each children to draw out.)

BAND AID HAND: Have the children trace their hand and give the children a couple of band aids to place on their hand. If desired, children can put the band aids on the palm of the traced hand in the form of a cross.

DOCTORS KIT OR BAG: Provide the children with a sheet of brown construction paper on which they will draw a picture of a doctor's bag. Decorate the bag with a red cross and write the words, "Jesus came to heal the sick."

MATCH GAME: The teacher will hang a large poster board in the front of the room with pictures of an EAR, EYE, MOUTH, HEART, and FEET. At the top of the poster, the teacher will write "JESUS CAME TO". The children will choose a card or a slip of paper that has words written on it to match up with the pictures such as MAKE THE BLIND TO SEE; MAKE THE DEAF TO HEAR; MAKE THE LAME TO WALK; MAKE THE MUTE TO TALK; HEAL THE BROKEN-HEARTED.

SHARE A SNACK: Provide heart shaped cookies for children to frost with white icing and add a cross of red frosting or thin red licorice strings.

SING A SONG: OPEN MY EYES; JESUS HEALS THE BROKEN HEARTED

Song: "Open My Eyes"

Music: Words and music PDF

MP3: Piano Accompaniment

Song: "Jesus Heals the Broken-Hearted"

Music: Words and music in PDF

MP3: Piano Accompaniment

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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