Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "A Topsy Turvy World"

Scripture Reading: Mark 9:30-37

FIRST AND LAST BIBLE BOOKS GAME: Divide the children into groups of any size. The teacher will give two books of the Bible and choose a group to answer which book comes FIRST and which book comes LAST in the Bible. Continue to play the game so each group will have a chance at answer (Examples: Matthew and Revelation; John and Jude, Genesis and Psalms.)

BACKWARD WORDS: The teacher will hand out papers with words from our Bible less that are spelled backwards with some of the letters missing. The children can try to figure out what letters are missing and then shout out the word when they think they have the correct word figured out!

BACKWARD RELAY: Divide the children into teams. This relay will be easy as far as directions but everything will be run BACKWARDS. For example, the children can run to the line BACKWARDS and grab a hat and put it on BACKWARDS and run back to the team. The next player will run to the line and put on a t-shirt BACKWARDS, etc. There can be one item for each child to grab and put on backwards for the relay. Ask children what was backwards in our lesson today.

“IF THINGS GREW DOWN” POEM: Give children a typed copy or the poem from today's lesson. Have them glue the poem to a larger piece of paper and draw pictures of things that are upside down around the poem. Write the following paraphrase of today’s Bible Verse at the bottom of the page below the poem. "THE FIRST MUST BE LAST AND THE SERVANT OF ALL!" MARK 9:35

1st PLACE RIBBON: Give the children a piece of construction paper in the shape of a ribbon. Let the children decorate their 1st Place Ribbon with heart stickers, and markers. Write MY HEART (draw a heart instead of the word) belongs to JESUS!

TOPSY TURVY CUPCAKE SNACKS: The teacher might like to bake some Topsy Turvy cupcakes for today's snacks. CLICK HERE for a recipe.


Song:  "To Be Like Jesus"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 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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