Interactive Group Activities

by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "You Are Precious in His Sight"

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 10:24-39

BIRD STICKER BOOK: Let the children make a small book of bird stickers or magazine pictures of birds and write a part of our lesson on each page, such as GOD CARES FOR YOU, or WE ARE PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT, or NOT A SINGLE SPARROW CAN FALL TO THE GROUND WITHOUT YOUR FATHER KNOWING IT, or WE ARE MORE VALUABLE TO GOD THAN A WHOLE FLOCK OF SPARROWS, and THANK YOU GOF FOR LOVING US WITH SUCH AN UNCOMMON AND EXTRAORDINARY LOVE, etc.

BIRD HUNT: Before class, the teacher can have parts of our Bible verse today, printed on pictures or shapes of birds and hidden around the room. Let children go on a bird hunt, either in the classroom or outdoors. Bring all the "birds" with sections of the Bible verse on them, back to the classroom and place in order on a large blue poster board. Have children learn and memorize today's verse!

BIRD POSTER: Let the children either draw and color OR cut out pictures of birds and make a poster for themselves or altogether for a class poster. Cut out letters of the Bible verse or have children write the Bible verse on another colored bird for their poster.

BIRD HUNT OUTSIDE: Let the children share the binoculars and go on a little bird hunt outside and talk about today's story while children sit on the grass/blanket and watch for birds! Everytime someone sees a bird, the class will all say together.... GOD CARES FOR ME!!

BIRD FEEDER: Let the children spread a pine cone with peanut butter and sprinkle or roll it in bird seed and tie a string around the end for hanging from a tree.

BIRD FEATHER ART: Let the children draw or trace a big bird and then have colorful feathers available for children to glue onto their bird. Title their art with a phrase or Bible verse from today's lesson.

BIRD STICK: Let the children cut out a bird or choose from a group of bird pictures from a magazine to glue on to a small colorful piece of construction paper or neon file card and glue or tape to the top of a craft stick and let children "FLY" their birds around while saying the Bible verse today.

BIRD BUBBLES: Let children blow bubbles outside and remind them that each bubble can stand for all the birds and people that GOD loves and cares for! When each bubble POPS, let the children know that God knows and CARES about everything that happens to us (like every sparrow that falls to the ground and God knows about it).

SUNFLOWER SEED SNACKS: Let children have a small sandwich bag with some sunflower seeds to eat for a snack and remind them that birds eat sunflower seeds and God cares for the birds and how much MORE does He care for US!

Song:  "Jesus Loves the Little Children" by George F. Root

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Song:  "He Cares for You and Me" by Mary Rice Hopkins (Used by Permission)

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This song is provided for use with this sermon through the courtesy of Mary Rice Hopkins.

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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