Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Winning the Prize"

Scripture Reading: Mark 10:35-45

WINNING THE PRIZE RELAY: Divide the class into teams. At the start of the game, the first team player will run to the teacher and get a PRIZE and then run back to the team and pass the "prize" over his head to the next person who will pass the prize between his legs to the next player. The team members will alternate passing the prize over and under until the last person on the team receives the prize. That person will run the prize back to the teacher and will get another prize and run back to the team to continue the relay. Continue until all the players have had a turn getting a prize to pass and the final prize is back in the teacher's possession!

WRAPPING PRIZES RELAY: Divide the children into several groups depending on the size of the class. Give each team at least three prizes to wrap together when the teacher says "go." The children will need some wrapping paper and tape. No scissors are allowed. The children must tear the wrapping paper to fit the prize! When the children have completed wrapping all of their gifts, they will take the gifts to a designated area and then run back to their seats! Then have children gather in the prize area and sit in a circle to discuss today's lesson.

PLAY DOUGH TROPHY: Give each child some play dough or modeling clay to design their own trophy! When all of the children have finished making their trophy, they will talk about the trophy they designed. Display the trophy's on a table outside of the classroom for other classes to see! The teacher or a child could make a table poster saying WINNING THE PRIZE - BE A SERVANT LIKE JESUS.

BLUE RIBBON: Provide the children with wide blue ribbon or blue construction paper to make a blue ribbon and write SERVE OTHERS on it. Give the children some stickers to decorate their blue ribbon. Pin the ribbon to the children.

PLAY ACTING: Let the children take turns being the disciples and asking questions of Jesus who is represented by another child. The child representing Jesus will give answers to the questions asked. Tell children to use their imagination and pretend that they think they're very special. Continue play acting as time allows. You may wish to have the children quote the Bible memory verse during the play as well.

BIBLE VERSE GOLD MEDAL: Provide the children with shiny gold wrapping paper and let each child make a large round circle representing a gold medal. Have the children write today's Bible verse on that medal and then tape it to their shirts or display them around the classroom.

WRAPPED PRIZE: Let the children write HOW CAN I SERVE YOU TODAY on a sheet of paper and then roll that paper up like a scroll and put a sticker on it to hold it shut. Encourage the children to give their scroll to someone during this week to encourage them and to be a servant to others.

KINGDOM OF GOD POSTER: Make a large poster for the children with two column headers. One column heading is SERVING and the other column heading is SELF! Let children take turns using colored markers to write a word from today's lesson under one of the two columns — whether their word is to SERVE others or a word that would be SELFISH. Children will enjoy writing their words in a variety of colored markers to create a very colorful poster that will remind them to be a SERVANT TO ALL!

SERVING OTHERS SNACK: Provide a large tray of snacks and let each child take a turn taking the tray and serving another child in the class. Continue until each child has had a turn to be a servant and all children have a snack. At the end of class, the teacher might wish to have a tray of prizes such as a new pencil, a book marker, or a sticker that the teacher will SERVE the children as they leave their classroom!

SING A SONG: WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE

Song:  "What a Mighty God We Serve"

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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