Interactive Group Activities
by Laurie Juarez

Sermon Title: "Make Us One"

Scripture Reading: John 17:20-26

CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Wonderful books to supplement this lesson are “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” by Kadir Nelson and “The Crayon Box that Talked” by Shane De Rolf. Either of these would make a great children’s sermon!


by Shane De Rolf

by Kadir Nelson

LOOK AT ALL THE COLORS! If you are going to use the book “The Crayon Box that Talked” or if you want to use the idea that all of us are different “colors” in our world just like a crayon box has different colors, try this activity. Put a box of 16 crayons (or just find 16 different colors) and challenge them to draw a picture using ALL the colors.

UNITY BANNER: Have all the kids trace their hands and forearms - up to their elbow (or as much as you can get on the paper) – on different colored paper. Try to make everyone’s a different color. If you don’t have colored paper – let them color them different colors. Then, glue them all onto the banner/paper in a circle – to represent the earth. Hang it so everyone can see!

MAKE THE EARTH: Beforehand, print out or draw a picture of the earth – round or flat. Print on cardstock if available. If not, you can glue the paper on a piece of thin cardboard…or just leave it on regular print paper. Cut it into puzzle pieces and hide one for everyone around the room. Make sure you have enough for everyone! If you have extras leave them on the table. When they find their “one” have them try and put the puzzle together.

WORK AS ONE: Try one of these group building activities to show them how important it is to be ONE. If you have an older group, have them all stand on a blanket. Together, they must figure out how to turn the blanket over without anyone getting off the blanket. It can be done (but it’s difficult)! Pretzel -Have them stand in a circle and grab someone else’s hands (two different hands). Then they have to untangle themselves.

ONE IN CHRIST: If you have a connection with a church in another country, have the children make a card/cards, craft, etc to send or email to the children in that church. Make sure and write on the letter – WE ARE ONE IN CHRIST!!

Song: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Words and Music (PDF)

Piano Accompaniment (mp3)

About Laurie Juarez
Laurie graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1999 and, after working two years with special need preschoolers, she went to Moyobamba, Peru as a missionary. In Peru, she met and married Noe Juarez. After moving back to the United States, she attended Union Presbyterian seminary where she received her masters in Christian education. Laurie has served as a DCE in two churches in North Carolina and currently serves as a part time DCE in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida church where her husband is the pastor.
 
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