Interactive Group Activities

by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "On the Mountain Top"

Scripture Reading: Mark 9:2-9

MOUNTAIN WALKING: If there is a place with hills. stairs, or ramps for the children to walk up and down on, let them have a "timed event" for walking the "mountains". They'll enjoy seeing what their TIME was for the Mountain climb!

MOUNTAIN BALL THROW: Divide the children into two teams with each team on opposite sides of the church building or another building to try and throw the ball OVER THE MOUNTAIN (the roof). Let the children take turns throwing the ball back and forth saying "OVER THE MOUNTAIN" as the team member is throwing the ball! Let all team members take a turn at throwing the ball.

MOUNTAIN BIKING: Group the children into pairs for the MOUNTAIN BIKING relay game. One child will be the "bike" and the other will be the "rider". The rider will ride his partner piggyback style to the finish line pretending to be riding a bicycle. When they reach the finish line, they will turn around and return to the starting line where they will trade places and repeat the ride. The race is over when each partner has been both the "bike" and the "rider."

UPSIDE DOWN HEARTS: Let the children cut out various sizes of hearts and glue them onto a piece of construction paper UPSIDE DOWN so the point of the heart will represent mountain peaks. Have the children write GOD LOVES US AND RENEWS OUR STRENGTH ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP!

WALKING WITH JESUS: Let the children draw large mountains on a poster (or on individual sheets of construction paper). Tell the children to write in VERY SMALL letters, "Walking with Jesus" up and down the tracings of the Mountain, as many times as they can in a three minute time period. After the timer goes off, have the children color the mountains and count how many times they were able to write the sentence!

MOUNTAIN BUILDING: Give the children wooden blocks or some plastic containers to build the highest mountain possible without the containers or blocks falling. Talk to the children about the peaks and valley's we may face in our lives and how God renews our strength.

FRAMING A MOUNTAIN: If beautiful pictures are available from old calenders or magazines, let the children pick out a Mountain that they'd like to frame. Give the children some brown construction paper to make a frame and glue it around the edge of the picture of the mountain.

MOUNTAIN THUMB PRINTS: Have the children draw some mountains on a piece of paper and use their finger or thumb to make prints from ink or paints to represent Elijah and Moses on the mountain. They could also make thumb print figures for John, Peter and James, as well!

LICORICE MOUNTAINS: Give each child some cherry or black licorice to form mountains (after washing hands, of course). After each child tells something they have learned about our lesson today, they can EAT their mountain shape made of licorice! (If you have children who do not like licorice, you can provide another snack.)

SING A SONG: Sing the song SUNSHINE MOUNTAIN with motions.

Song:  "Sunshine Mountain"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

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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