Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "The Narrow Door"

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:22-30

NARROW DOOR RELAY: The teacher will have two doors partially blocked. The relay will see how quickly each team can squeeze through their team's door. Another option for fun would be for all the children to squeeze through the door at one time.

DOOR MARCHING: If there is a large area with many doors such as a fellowship hall, etc), have the children march from room to room and through many doors while music plays. When the music stops, they will all run through the doors as quickly as possible and sit in a circle together.

DOOR HANGER:
Provide the supplies for the children to make a Bible door hanger! This can have words from today's lesson or Bible verse with a picture of Jesus on the card. The children can color the door hanger with many lightly color crayons as in a rainbow if desired, and cut a slit from the outside edge to the inside circle to make it possible to hang over a doorknob!

DOOR TO OPEN: Give each child a piece of brown construction paper or paper from a brown paper bag and tri-fold it so there is an opening in the middle to open as a door. On the inside of the open door, the children can write words such JESUS OPENS MY HEART DOOR and color and decorate it! Encourage children to write JESUS in brighter colors or decorate it in some way to draw attention to His name.

DOOR KNOCKING: Divide the children into teams and one child from each team will meet at a door. The first child will tap out a rhythm for the other child to try and imitate. The other child can then take his turn at tapping out a rhythm. If time allows, let all the children tap a short rhythm for others to imitate. Tell children they had to listen carefully for that "knocking" and to also listen very carefully to JESUS when He is knocking on their heart's door as well.

SING A SONG: JESUS IS THE DOOR (Sung to "Jesus Loves the Little Children); SEEK YE FIRST

SHARE A SNACK: A CAKE made and decorated to make the cake look like a large door. Let children use the gel frosting to write JESUS and their own names or words from today's lesson on the cake. If this is not possible, you could make a cross-shaped cake to enjoy together.

Song:  "Jesus Is the Door to Heaven" (Sung to "Jesus Loves the Little Children".)

Sheet Music (PDF)

Piano Accompaniment: MP3

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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