Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Walking in the Light"

Scripture Reading: John 3:14-22

FLASHLIGHT SCAVENGER HUNT: The teacher will give each child a list of three items to find which the teacher has hidden around the room between shelves, under tables tops, under cabinets or chairs. The teacher will provide the children with a flashlight to assist them in their search. Small items to hide might be be coins, pencil, notebooks, gum, a piece of candy, or pictures. Several children can hunt at the same time if there are several flashlights.

FLASHLIGHT STEPPING: This activity can be done with one, several, or all the children at the same time. The teacher will shine a flashlight on the classroom floor moving the spot around the floor while the children try to step or jump over the flashlight's spot. This will help them to get all their wiggles out before class time and the children will learn what a LIGHT will do in their lives.

LIGHT SWITCH COVER: Give each child a piece of construction paper cut to the size of a standard light switch cover with a hole cut in it to go over the switch. The children can write JESUS IS THE LIGHT from today's Bible lesson about the light. Let the children decorate the light switch cover with bright colors and stickers. Encourage the children to tape this over the light switch in their bedroom at home.

FLASHLIGHT TAG: Darken the room as much as possible and let the children take turns trying to TAG someone else with the flashlight. If the light rays "catch" someone, it becomes the next person's turn to try to tag someone with the flashlight ray.

CANDLE FRAME: Give each child a piece of poster board about 5" x 10" and folded in half. Give the children supplies to decorate their Candle FRAME. On left side of the card the children can create a picture of a candle and flame using pieces of construction paper. On the right side can be the Bible verse "Whoever lives by the truth comes into the light" or some other quotation from today's Bible lesson. Encourage the children to set their Candle frame up in their homes to remind them that JESUS is the Light of the world and HIS Light shines in all of us.

CANDLE LIGHTING: This activity can be combined with the SNACK time. Provide a sheet cake with a lot of candles or individual cupcakes and let the children add icing and decorate with sprinkles and add a candle. Darken the classroom as much as possible and then light the candles one at a time observing how the candles brighten the room.

SING A SONG: THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE; JESUS WANTS ME FOR A SUNBEAM; THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD IS JESUS

SHARE A SNACK: Let the children frost and decorate a cupcake and add a candle and continue with the "candle lighting" listed above, and sing THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE together.

Song:  "This Little Light of Mine"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

Song:  "The Light of the World Is Jesus"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Demo Track

Song:  "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Demo Track

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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