Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "The Perfect Role Model"

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 4:25-5:2

IMITATING RELAY: Divide the children into teams. Then each team leader will do something for their team to imitate. Let each team member have a chance at doing something for the team to imitate and have the team all sit down after everyone has had a chance to be imitated.

FOLLOW ME GAME: Designate two leaders for the children to follow around an obstacle course and in and out of a designated area. Tell children they can choose who they want to imitate and complete the FOLLOW ME GAME back to the classroom. Have children sit down on the floor in a circle and listen to the Bible Story today.

"HOP LIKE ME" Bible Memory: Have words or phrases of today's Bible verse on various pieces of paper and spread around in a designated area. Let children take turns HOPPING from one part of the Bible verse to the next one.... IN ORDER. If the child hops to the wrong part of the verse, then he can choose another child to continue the hopping for the verse in the right order. The teacher could say HOP LIKE ME (imitate) at the beginning to show how to hop to the right parts of the verse in order. Some may say HOP LIKE ME (imitate) and hop on one foot or like a frog or a kangaroo, etc.

ROLE MODEL ART: Give all the children supplies to make their own "role model person". Supply markers, glitters, pieces of cloth, yarn, etc and take turns to tell WHY this person is their role model.

HEART WREATH: Give each child a paper plate and cut out the middle round section. Provide colored hearts to be cut out and then glued around the edge of the paper plate to form a wreath. Write one of the characteristics of Jesus as a perfect role model on each heart such as kind, loving, tenderhearted, forgiving, patient, etc. Give children yarn to hang their wreath up on a door or wall.

FEET TO FOLLOW: Give children construction paper to cut out feet shapes and place some of the words from our lesson on each foot and then line the feet up for the other classmates to walk on. At the end of the FEET WALK.... have children read the sign at the end that will say IMITATE GOD IN EVERYTHING YOU DO. LIVE A LIFE FILLED WITH LOVE, FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST. Have these words written in bright letters on a large poster board shaped FOOT.

LOVE HEART: Let children draw a large heart on a piece of construction paper. Drizzle glue or spread some glue/paste around the edge of the heart and place colored yarn or string around the outline of the heart. Then let children write LOVE in bright letters in the middle of the heart, or let them write LOVE with a gel pen.

IMITATOR SASH: Give children construction paper in wide strips so they can tape the strips together and make a "sash" to be worn over their shoulder. Have children use bright markers and stickers to decorate their "sash" with I WANT TO IMITATE CHRIST. Encourage children to write in smaller letters some of the words from our list today such as respectful, truthful, loving, kind, tenderhearted, patient, forgiving, obedient, etc.

CRAYON CROSSES: Give children inexpensive crayons to draw and color a cross on a piece of construction paper. Turn the paper over after the coloring is done and let children use cotton balls with vegetable oil to swab the back of the cross art. Paper should become transparent and the cross will be able to be seen through to the other side. Fun to experiment for younger children!

SING A SONG: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS; I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN IF YOU FOLLOW ME.

SHARE A SNACK: Give children cupcakes with candy hearts on the frosting; or heart shaped cookies to frost and eat. Remind children of God's LOVE for us in sending His Son Jesus to die for our sins and to be our perfect role model!!!

Song:  "To Be Like Jesus"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Piano Track

Song:  "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Piano Track

Thes songs are in the public domain and may be freely downloaded and reproduced for religious or educational use by churches, schools, home schoolers, and other non-profit organizations.

About Carol Williams
Carol and her husband have been in the ministry for 35 years.  They have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and for the last 14 years in 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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