Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Left Behind"

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:41-52

HIDE AND SEEK: Let children play hide and seek for someone that is chosen to be LOST! Give all the children an opportunity to be LOST and then found!

LOST ANNOUNCEMENT: The teacher can HIDE various objects in a designated area and then make an annoucement for a lost item - one at a time, letting children find the object that has been announced as LOST and then continue the LOST ANNOUNCEMENTS as time allows, with children running to find each object.

TAPING AN ANNOUNCEMENT: Let each child take turns being "recorded" as they ANNOUNCE something or someone who has been lost! Tell children that someone is lost in today's lesson and share our Bible story today.

JESUS HUNT: Give children ideas of where to find the LOST JESUS (which could be part of a nativity set) and let children scurry around the area to look for Jesus! The first child to FIND JESUS can shout out, JESUS HAS BEEN FOUND, etc, and will put baby Jesus back in the correct place in the nativity scene/set. As the teacher begins to tell the story and walks around the room with baby Jesus in her hand, the baby Jesus can be hidden again while children are listening to the story (have children look to other parts of the room to look at something about the story when secretly hiding the baby Jesus again). Let the children try to FIND Jesus again. Continue as time allows.

JESUS IS SHINING: Let children cut out letters to spell J-E-S-U-S and glue onto a piece of construction paper. Give children glue and glitter and make the letters SHINE. Hang the pictures on the classroom wall in the shape of a Christmas tree. At the top of the tree, on a decorated STAR, write "LET JESUS SHINE -- DON'T LEAVE HIM BEHIND".

JESUS AT THE CENTER: Give children a large circle to cut out. Tell children to write the word JESUS in the VERY CENTER of their circles. Write this in bright colors or gel markers, etc. Decorate the circle with stars and stickers. Tell the children to write as SMALL as they possibly can around the very outside "edge" of the circle with names or things and people that might take their attention off of JESUS at the 'center'!!

SING A SONG: "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" or "I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me"

Song:  "I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me" by Richard Blauvelt

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer)

This song, and permission to edit it for use with this lesson, is provided through the courtesy of Richard Blauvelt.  Richard is a worship leader at Goodwill Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, NY. His web site, Grace Street Music, offers free music for worship.

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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