Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Making Excuses"

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:57-62

MINI FEET DISPLAY - Teacher can have mini feet cut outs (or stickers) for children to glue/paste on a poster that would be labeled -- JESUS SAID "FOLLOW ME". Discussion about HOW we can FOLLOW Jesus without any excuses!

FOLLOW THE LEADER game - This could start the class time off as the normal Follow the Leader game but the leader can only do things with the FEET, so that the "followers" will have to watch very closely. There could be different leaders as time allows and children could sit in a circle on the floor or on chairs to follow the FEET!

FEET TRACING - Trace two feet for each child and then line all the feet up in a path down the aisle or outside on the sidewalk, and have children walk on the feet while saying I WILL FOLLOW YOU JESUS. If child steps off or misses a foot - they can say NO EXCUSES and continue to walk on the FOOT PATH! This could start off as SLOW walking and then quicker and quicker to make STAYING on the feet a little bit more of a challenge.

FEET HEART - Children can trace each foot and then glue onto construction paper with the heels over lapping and the foot "prints" at an outward angle, which will form a heart. Little heart stickers can be placed on each toe for fun. FOLLOW ME or MY HEART WANTS TO FOLLOW JESUS, can be colored on the two feet!

BIG FOOT POSTER - A very LARGE (poster sized) FOOT can be hanging on the focal wall of the classroom with I WILL FOLLOW JESUS written in large letters. At the end of class, children can write their names on the foot or draw a picture of themselves and will say as they leave class -- I WILL FOLLOW JESUS!

Song:  "Footsteps of Jesus" by Mary B. C. Slade

Lyrics (pdf)

MP3 Piano Accompaniment - Right click and save to your computer. (Two verses)

This song is in the public domain and may be 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 32 years.  They have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and for the last 13 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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