Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Water Into Wine"

Scripture Reading: John 2:1-11

WATER JUG RELAY: Divide the children into teams and give each team a large bowl of water, a spoon, and a pot. Set a timer for the amount of time you want the game to last. Each team player will take his turn in spooning some water into the pot and then take the spoon back to the next player who will then go and spoon water into the pot. Continue until the timer runs out. The team with the most water in their pot is the winner!

DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU TO DO CLASS GAME: The teacher will call on one of the children to come to the front of the class. Tell the class that they must "do whatever he/she tells you to do." The child will tell the children to hop, skip, jump, sing, or something similar. After the children have followed the child's directions, the teacher will call on someone else and will tell the children to DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU TO DO, etc. Give everyone an opportunity to do something for the class to follow.

I BELIEVE LETTERS: The children will cut out the letters for I BELIEVE and then decorate and glitter the letters, etc. They will then glue the letters onto a rectangular piece of construction paper and hang it on the wall. Have the children to sign their own name to their I BELIEVE sign.

BELIEVING FLIPCHART: Give each child several pieces of construction paper that has been cut into quarters. Hole punch the tops of each sheet of paper and put a flipchart ring in the hole. Let children draw pictures of today's lesson on each sheet of paper and take turns telling the story to their classmates when everyone is done. Make sure that children write I BELIEVE, on their flipchart pages.

SCRIBBLE ART: Give the children paper and markers to scribble circles all over the paper. Then take a red marker and fill in some of the scribbling circles to form the words I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, etc. Hang the art on the classroom wall.

GRAPE JUICE BOTTLES: Give each child a small bottle of grape juice. Provide children with a strip of paper to write I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, or other phrases from today's lesson and wrap around the bottle of juice and tape to the bottle. Let children drink from their grape juice bottles during snack time.

BELIEVE BOOK MARKERS: Provide supplies for children to make a bookmarker with words from today's lesson -- such as faith, believe, Jesus, miracles, etc.

MIRACLES CHALKBOARD: Give colored chalk to the children and let them take turns going to the chalkboard and drawing a quick picture that represents a miracle that Jesus did in the Bible or a miracle that Jesus could do today! Encourage children to LOOK for miracles this week!!

I BELIEVE IN JESUS CARD: Let each child take a quarter sheet of construction paper and write I BELIEVE IN JESUS and decorate their card. When the teacher says to pass the card to your right, children will pass their card and the next child will write his/her name on the card, and then continue to pass the card around the room until it returns to the owner of the card. Children will enjoy writing their own names on everyone's cards in a bright colored marker and their own design.

SING A SONG: NO GREATER MIRACLE; MY GOD IS SO GREAT

Song:  "No Greater Miracle" by Charles and Elaine Kirkpatrick

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer)

Song:  "My God Is So Great" Traditional

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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