Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "The Salt of the Earth"

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:13

SALT RELAY: Divide the children into two teams. Have each team form a line and at the sound of GO, the person at the front of the line will balance a salt shaker (Unbreakable!) on his head and walk to a line on the other side of the room, turn around, and walk back to the next person in line. He/She will then place the salt shaker on the head of the next person in line and say, "You are the salt of the earth." The game will continue until all of the children have had a turn.

SALTY SCRIPTURE SCRAMBLE: The teacher will write today's memory verse on a poster board “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless." Matthew 5:13 (NLT) Leave a blank space for the following key words which will be written on separate pieces of paper and placed in a basket. (salt, earth, lost, flavor, salty, thrown, underfoot, worthless) Call children to come up an draw a word from the basket and tape it into the space in the Bible verse where it belongs.

SALT SHAKER VERSE: Give each child an inexpensive plastic salt shaker from the Dollar Store and provide the Bible verse (“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?") written on a slip of paper that they can lightly color and tape around the salt shaker. Encourage the children to put their salt shaker on their kitchen tables at home to remind them that Jesus called them to be the salt of the earth.

PAPER BAG PUPPET: Give each child a paper bag to color and decorate to look like themselves. Next they will add a thin layer of glue and sprinkle salt on the top of their bags. Finally, the children will write their name on the bag and write, "I AM CALLED TO BE THE SALT OF THE EARTH.

SALTY WORLD: Give each child a picture of a world globe. Let the children color their world picture and add special places if desired. Then let them spread a thin layer of glue on their globe and sprinkle salt on the world. Hang the "salted worlds" by yarn around the classroom!

SALTY SNACKS: Snacks today could be a variety of salty treats such as pretzels, popcorn, baked potato chips, etc.

Song:  "I've Got Peace Like a River"

Words and Music (pdf) pdf

Accompaniment Track MP3

Song: Tell What He Has Done for You

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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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