Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "The Power of His Love"

Scripture Reading:  John 12:28-33

TUG OF WAR: Divide the children into two teams and play tug of war. Ask them which team was stronger. Tell the children that todays lesson teaches us that God's love is strong enough to draw all men to him.

STRENGTH TRAINING RELAY: Divide the children into teams. Let the children run relays having to carry a heavy item to the finish line and back to their team for the next team member to carry the heavy item. The teacher will choose what the heavy item will be such as a bowling ball, a box with bricks in it, boxes of paper, etc. Tell children to listen to the lesson about GOD's power and strength today!

MAGNET MOMENTS: Give the children some small magnets of their own with several items that they can try to pick up and carry from one side of the room to the other. You may wish to divide the children into teams and see which team can carry all of their metal objects to the other side of the room first!

MAGNET CROSS: Give the children supplies to draw and cut out a cross. Provide glitter glue and stickers for decoration. Let children put a strip of magnetic tape on the back to stick to their refrigerator at home. Encourage children to write something such as POWER IN GOD'S LOVE on their cross.

CROSS ROPE: Give the children a piece of heavy card stock paper and 2 sections of heavy rope to glue or tape on to the card stock paper in the shape of a CROSS. Write, NO POWER GREATER THAN GOD'S LOVE and encourage children to write today's Bible verse around the edge of their paper.

PEOPLE ART: Let the children make finger print people using an ink finger print for the body and then add face, hair, arms, and legs, using a fine point marker or pen. Write the word JESUS vertically down the left side of the paper. Let children glue a small piece of "magnet" or draw a picture of a horseshoe magnet between the word JESUS and the people finger prints. Write at the bottom of the page, "People Art" - "JESUS DRAWS PEOPLE TO HIMSELF", John 12: 32!

POWER OF LOVE CARD: Give the children a half sheet of heavy card stock or construction paper. FOLD the paper in half so it will stand up. Let them write POWER OF LOVE on the front of the card. Write our our memory verse (John 12:32) on the inside of the card and let children it them home to place it on their dresser or on a table!

MAGNET TREATS: Hook small bags of M & M's or small treats to a paper clip and let children pull their treats across the table to themselves with a big magnet!

SING A SONG: My God Is So Great; Jesus Loves the Little Children; What a Mighty God We Serve

Song:  "My God Is So Great"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer)

Song:  "Jesus Loves the Little Children"

Music and Lyrics (pdf)

MP3 Piano accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer)

Song:  "What a Mighty God We Serve"

Music and Lyrics (pdf)

MP3 Piano accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer)

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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