Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "The Key to Greatness"

Scripture Reading: Mark 9:30-37

FIRST TO LAST RELAY: Let teams line up and the first team player will RUN to the wall and back to the team and go to the last person and then the next player will do the same -- the First to Last until all the team players have fun to the Last of the the team and sat down!

LAST PLAYERS FIRST: Run a relay in REVERSE.... so the LAST will be the FIRST players to hop, skip, or jump to the line and every time a player comes back to the team, they'll sit at the FRONT Of the line and the LAST player in the line up will go next!! The winning team is the team that every player has gone LAST and all the players are sitting down.

HEART VEST: Give children a large piece of red construction paper to decorate and pin to their shirt/clothing. Write I WANT A SERVANT'S HEART... and decorate the border with today's Bible verse and stickers on the heart!

KEYS TO GREATNESS: Children can look around the room - in books, under tables and chairs, etc...to find the KEYS that the teacher has hidden for the children to find the KEYS to GREATNESS!! Have words for GREATNESS in God's Kingdom written on each key and let children tape to a large poster board after returning to the classroom and discuss each KEY to Greatness!

KEY RINGS: Provide keys to cut out and write words from today's lesson that will help children to remember about serving others and having a servant's heart. Each child can hole punch their keys and place onto a long piece of chenille wire as their key RING. Children can "wear" the key ring or hang it on a door knob to remember today's lesson.

KEY NOTEBOOK: Each child can cut out several keys and then staple or holepunch/Yarn the keys together. Have a word or words from the Bible verse today on each key and place in order before attached together. Let children turn the "pages" of their key notebook and read the Bible verse together several times!

GIANT KEY: Cut out a poster size KEY and let children take turns around the table of adding something to THE GIANT KEY (1 minute each)... and then taping the key to the classroom wall or door. Children can either take turns at writing a couple of the words for the Bible verse, or words from today's lesson to have a servant's heart -- a heart like Jesus!

SERVANT'S HEART KEYS: The teacher can have a large poster board on the wall with heart shaped cut outs on the poster board.... Give each child a KEY to write their own name on and decorate. When finished, each child will place their own key on one of the hearts on the poster board. Title the board: SERVANT'S HEART.

SING A SONG: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS; (Sung to Skip to my Lou).... Heart, heart, give Him my heart, Heart, heart, give him my heart, Heart, heart, give Him my heart -- giving my heart to Jesus; (sing to the tune of Row, Row, Row your boat)... Serve, Serve, Serve the Lord, serve Him every day.... I will have a Servant's Heart, all along life's way!

KEY SNACKS: As each child draws a KEY on the chalkboard and tells how to have a servant's heart, the child may go to the snack box and take a KEY snack of choice! Teacher could have each candy bar wrapped with a picture of a key on the outside with a word from today's lesson for the child to remember!

SING A SONG: (Sung to Skip to my Lou).... Heart, heart, give Him my heart, Heart, heart, give him my heart, Heart, heart, give Him my heart -- giving my heart to Jesus; (sing to the tune of Row, Row, Row your boat)... Serve, Serve, Serve the Lord, serve Him every day.... I will have a Servant's Heart, all along life's way!

Song:  "To Be Like Jesus"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track (right click to 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 been in the ministry for 35 years.  They have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and for the last 15 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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