Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "What's in Your Heart?"

Scripture Reading: Mark 12:41-44

PENNY HUNT: Find a room that can be darkened where the children can gather. When the lights are turned off, scatter a hundred or so pennies on the floor and see how long it takes the children to find all of the pennies!

PENNY RELAY: Divide the children into teams and run a penny relay to see how many pennies each team can put into a can before the teacher blows a whistle. The children will run back and forth, back and forth carrying one penny each time.

LACED HEART: Provide the children with two cut out hearts and hole punch around the edges. The children will first decorate the hearts with words from today's Bible story on each side of the heart. Lace the two hearts together with yarn and stuff the heart with some tissues before closing up the heart completely with the lacing.

HEART PENNY CARD: Give each child a colorful card stock square to cut into a heart shape and hot glue a penny to the middle of the heart. Using markers, the children will decorate the heart with their name and words from today's lesson. Hole punch the heart and add yarn to hang around the child's neck.

HIDE THE PENNY: Have all the children cut out a large heart from construction paper and glue tiny paper wads made from colorful tissue paper to the heart. HIDE one penny behind some of the wads of tissue paper and glue. Children can use this object for telling someone else about today's lesson.

PURSE PENNY: Have the children tape around three edges of two colorful recipe cards make a purse. Add a piece of yarn to make a handle. Use bright markers to write words from today's Bible lesson to decorate the outside. Each child can carry this home with one penny inside to remind them how important they are and how to look at others, as well.

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS: The teacher will ask the children questions about today's lesson. The teacher will give each child a penny for their "thought" as time allows!

SHARE A SNACK: Old fashioned "Penny Candy" for children to choose from and add to their penny purse (listed above).

SING A SONG: INTO MY HEART; JESUS LOVES ME

Song:  "Into My Heart"

Words and Music

Piano Accompaniment MP3

Song:  "Jesus Loves Me"

Words and Music

Piano 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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