Interactive Group Activities

by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "A Messenger Sent from God"

Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1-8

PREPARE THE PATH MARCH: Set up an obstacle course by placing objects around the room which the children will have to navigate around as they follow a designated leader around the room. Give each child a small bell to ring as they march behind the leader through the objects that are in their path. The leader and children will pick up the items to clear the path as they march. The teacher or or a designated helper will be at the end of the marching line putting things back in the path as the march continues and the PATH will have to be cleared each time they come to something in the way. Tell children that someone in today's lesson "prepared the way" for Jesus' coming!

SANDAL RELAY: Divide the class into teams. You will need a sandal for each team. There will be one person from each team at the SANDAL line. The teammates will take turns running to the SANDAL line where they will take off one shoe and the leader will quickly put on a sandal and hook or tie the latch. Then the team player will take off the sandal and put their own shoe back on and and run back to the line so the next team player can continue the game. Explain to the children that sandals are mentioned in today's lesson and that they should listen very carefully to what is said about sandals.

BELL ART: Give children a sheet of construction paper and a marker to draw and cut out a large bell. Let them add glitter glue around the edges of the bell. On the bells, the children can write SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS! Punch a hole at the top of the bell and put a piece of yarn through it to create a hanger.

BELL NECKLACES: The teacher will provide a jingle bell and a piece of red or green ribbon for the children to make a bell necklace to wear during class. Tell the children that whenever the teacher says, "PREPARE THE WAY" they should ring their bells.

BELL ROPE: Give the children a sheet of construction paper with the shape of a bell drawn on it for the children to cut out. Let the children decorate their bells and encourage them to write the names of people who need to hear about JESUS. Have a special prayer time to pray for all the names on their bells! The children will then attach their bells on a strand of Christmas garland using yarn or ornament hangers. The BELL ROPE will then be hung on a wall in the classroom.

BELL BIBLE VERSE: Give each child a large bell cut out of construction paper to decorate and write today's Bible verse around the edges of the bell and PREPARE THE WAY in the middle of the bell. Hang the bells by Christmas ribbon around the room, or let the children take them home to hang for decoration and a remembrance about sharing JESUS during this Christmas season!

SING A SONG: Sing RING THE BELLS, or GOSPEL BELLS (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells ,ie... Gospel bells, Gospel Bells, ring them all the day, ring them while you're at your work and while you're at your play! Hey! Gospel bells, Gospel bells, ring them all the day, ring-out-the-news that Jesus Christ is born on Christmas Day! )

SNACK: Bell shaped cookies that the children can decorate with icing.

Song:  "Prepare the Way"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

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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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