Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Jesus, the One and Only"

Scripture Reading: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

FOLLOW MY EXAMPLE: Let the children take turns in leading the group to follow their example—such as hopping or skipping around the room, crawling under the pews, or singing a song.

SIMON SAYS: Choose a leader and play SIMON SAYS to listen carefully to what SIMON says to do, but if SIMON doesn't say to do it, then children will stand still until the next command. Choose different leaders unless the teacher leads the game.

CUT OUT WHAT I DO: Give the children paper and scissors and let them cut as the leader cuts—one snip at a time in following their "example". See if children all come out with the same cut out at the end. Let others have a turn leading the cutting example as time allows.

DRAW WHAT I DRAW: Have one child at a time go to the chalkboard and draw a line to be a part of a picture. The other classmates will try to draw the "example" on a piece of paper. Each child will have a turn adding something to the drawing. When everyone has had a turn, let the children show their drawing and see how closely it matches the drawing on the board.

BIBLE DISPLAY: Give each of the children a piece of black or brown construction paper and a sheet of plain white paper. Draw the shape of an open Bible on the colored and cut it out. Draw and cut out the same shape, except slightly smaller on the white sheet of paper and glue it to the black sheet. On the white sheet, the children will write, JESUS IS THE ONE AND ONLY. Display the art work on the classroom wall.

LETTER HUNT: Hide letters around the room to spell out JESUS IS THE ONE AND ONLY. Let children find the letters and then lay the letters on the classroom table in the correct order and then tape the letters onto a large piece of poster board.

BIBLE VERSE ART: Let the children draw the shape of a cloud on a piece of poster board and glue some cotton around the edges. Write today's Bible verse on the cloud and let them take it home to hang on the wall in their room.

IMITATION OR REAL: Bring some "play money" to class and let the children glue or tape the play money to a piece of construction paper. Write on the construction paper REAL OR IMITATION? DON'T BE FOOLED. JESUS IS THE REAL THING!

GIANT MONEY: Provide a piece of green construction paper to each child and cut in half to make the paper look like money. Let children draw on their pretend "money" to look like a dollar bill. Write around the edges and in the middle, etc... FAITH IN GOD, GOD IS REAL, "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE," etc.

SING A SONG: TO BE LIKE JESUS; FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS

SNACK TIME: Have some BRAND NAME and GENERIC cookies (Oreos, for example) or COKE and GENERIC soda and let the children do a blind taste test and see if they can determine which is the REAL THING.

Song:  "To Be Like Jesus" Traditional

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

Song:  "Footsteps of Jesus" Mary B. Slade & Asa B. Everett

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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