Interactive Group Activities

by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Who Is the Greatest?"

Scripture Reading: Mark 9:30-37

FIRST AND LAST RELAY: Divide the children into teams. Each team can run a relay together in a designated area. The last one on each team to reach the other side will be the first ones to being the next running relay. Continue as time allows. The teacher could also tell the children what each relay is if a change from just running the relay is desired, such as hopping, skipping and such.

SERVING EACH OTHER: Divide the children into two teams and have them stand across from each other. The teacher can hand each player on one team an item that they will SERVE to the other team member standing across from them, or the "serving team" can run to a table and take ONE item to serve to someone on the other team. After everyone is served, then the other team will serve their opposing team.

SERVING CLAY: Each child can be given some modeling clay to form items that can be served, or forms of people, etc. Ideas would be to serve food items, or a rake or a lawn mower, bed to make, book to read to someone, etc.

RAINBOW FISH: Give children construction paper, markers/crayons, and scissors to cut out fish. Encourage children to color their fish with many colors like a rainbow and encouraging words from today's lesson so children can remember to share and serve others. Children could also write words from our Bible verse today and place the fish in the correct order to recite the verse together.

FISHY PRAYER: Provide children with cut out fish such as a starfish, an octopus, blue fish, etc from today's story. Tell children to write words for a prayer and place the various types of fish around a poster board and let children form a prayer circle and each can say a sentence prayer to ask Jesus to help them to serve others and to think of others as greater than they are.

RAINBOW PLATE: Each child can be given a paper plate and many different colors to color the entire plate with colors of a rainbow. The children can then write J - O - Y in a vertical line, in bright red colors. Beside the J, the children can write JESUS, beside the O, they can write OTHERS and beside the Y, they can write YOU. Children can share with each other how to serve JESUS and OTHERS.

WHO IS THE GREATEST: Divide the class into two teams and let them do a chant as they face each other. One side can shout -- WHO IS THE GREATEST? The other team will call out their answer, JESUS IS... continue to let the teams shout their chants back and forth. The teacher can give the teams other chants as well with questions from today's lesson with the opposite team chanting back the answer!

RAINBOW FISH COFFEE FILTER CRAFT: Make a Rainbow Fish from a coffee filter. CLICK HERE


SHARE A SNACK: This time the teacher could be the one serving the children a cupcake or cake and ice cream, or anything that the teacher has prepared to serve, as children sit in a circle.

Song:  "My God Is So Great"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

Song:  "What a Mighty God We Serve"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

About Carol Williams
Carol and her husband have been in the ministry for more than 35 years.  They 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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