Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Living a Fruitful Life"

Scripture Reading:  Luke 13:1-9

BIBLE VERSE RELAY: Divide children into two teams. Each team member will take turns running to the Bible verse FRUIT BASKET and taking one strip of words from our verse today and run quicking back to the team and continue to run for the verse strip of words until all the strips of paper for the Bible verse are gone. The team will then quickly try to gather in a circle and put the Bible verse together on the floor - the first team to get the Bible verse in the correct order will win the game and will READ THE VERSE out loud.

FRUIT TREE RELAY: Draw fruit out of construction paper before class and hide around a designated area. There will need to be one fruit of each kind for each team. Divide class into teams. When the teacher says -- FIND THE BANANA -- the entire team can hunt for one banana and run back to their starting area. Continue with finding fruits such as FIND THE APPLE, FIND THE ORANGE, FIND THE MANGO, FIND THE GRAPES, etc. After each "fruit find", the team will return. Each fruit can have a word from our Bible lesson today and children can quickly tape their fruit to a poster board tree that has been made for each team after their fruit has been found. Children will enjoy watching their FRUIT TREE get bigger and bigger with all the fruits that they are finding.

PLANT A TREE: If it is possible, buy a very small tree or several and let children dig the hole, water, fertilize and plant at least one tree together. Let children put their name on a plastic stake in the ground by the tree/s.

FRUIT PUZZLES: Let children draw a large piece of fruit on a piece of construction paper. Cut around the outside tracing of the fruit. Write fruits of the Spirit on their fruit (such as love, joy, peace, etc). Then children will cut their puzzle into 5-10 pieces (depending on age of children... older children could cut puzzle into more pieces) and pass their puzzle pieces to the next child to that child put the puzzle together. Children will enjoy watching another child put their puzzle together. If time allows, let children put their own puzzle together once again and glue to a piece of construction paper.

BIBLE VERSE FRUIT CAKE: Give each child a piece of brown construction paper and cut 2 inches at an angle on each corner. Fold up and tape to form a box. Let children write parts of today's Bible verse on pieces of cut out and colored fruit pictures and place in the fruit "cake box". Children can carry this home and try to put Bible verse together or have a family member try to put the verse together from the FRUIT CAKE.

HIDDEN FRUITY PUZZLE: Write today's Bible verse on a piece of poster board. Cover the words with pictures of fruit from a magazine or fruit that the teacher has drawn and cut out. Let children call out a fruit to be taken off the board and try to say the Bible verse. If unable to recite the verse, then another child can ask for a fruit to be removed from the board... and continue until the children can read all of the verse.

FRUIT BEARING CHRISTIANS: Divide the children into groups of 2. Give each group a piece of paper that they can try to draw a person (looking at each other for ideas of hair, face, clothes, etc) and cut the outline of the "person". Have children write on their "drawn person", FRUIT BEARING CHRISTIAN and write words that are bearing fruit such as WORSHIP REGULARLY, READ GOD'S WORD, PRAY, SHARE JESUS WITH OTHERS, etc. Tape the drawn "people" to the classroom wall.

KID FRUITY TREES: (Teacher -- have a CAMERA ready!!!). Let each child draw a fruit and write a FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT on their fruit. Cut the fruit out and hang by a string or yarn. Then have all the children in groups of 4 or 5, stand behind each other and stretch out their arms and hang their FRUIT on an arm -- take a picture of each group as FRUITY KID TREES!! (of course the pictures will need to be place on a classroom wall or a church bulletin board for all to enjoy!)

SING A SONG: "FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT"

SHARE A FRUITY SNACK: Have samples of fresh fruit for children to enjoy, or dried fruit or fruity candy snacks. Have children take turns naming the fruit of the Spirit, or go around in a circle, saying the fruits of the Spirit as quickly as they can and go faster and faster!!!

Song:  "The Fruit of the Spirit" by Charles Kirkpatrick

Words and Music (pdf)

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

Song:  "The Fruit of the Spirit" by Ralph Merrifield

Words and Music (pdf)

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

These songs are 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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