Jesus Is Rejected In Nazareth Group
Group Activities

Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Jesus Is Rejected in Nazareth"

Scripture Reading:  Mark 6:1-6

BUILDING RELAY: Jesus was a Carpenter and children can be given an equal set of blocks, legos, or lincoln logs to see which team can BUILD a church/house first. They will have to work together and not leave anyone out, while building their structure. If time allows, children can be encouraged to build something else for the other team to GUESS what they built!

REJECTED MUSICAL CHAIRS: Play musical chairs in the usual manner. Tell them that whoever does not find a chair when the music stops is REJECTED and has to sit out and let them know that Jesus was rejected in our story today. They could actually sit in the circle to hear today's story, asking how they felt when they were REJECTED?!

WELCOME PLACE MAT: Give each child a sheet of card stock with WELCOME stenciled in large letters. Underneath it the children will write, "Whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:37. The children will then decorate their place mat using colored markers and stickers. Cover the place mat with clear contact paper when the drawing is complete to be used at their dinner table.

SCROLL ROLL: Each child can be given a piece of paper of their color choice, as well as markers and stickers. Encourage children to write words about Jesus, faithfulness, rejection, etc on their scroll and then ROLL together from both sides and gently tie with a piece of yarn or string.

PRAYING HANDS: Have the Children trace both of their hands on a sheet of paper. Color the picture and under the praying hands, write, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” Mark 6:4.

BUILD A PRETZEL HOUSE: This could be used for snack time as the children BUILD a church out of pretzels as a reminder that Jesus was a carpenter. Another option is to use sliced cheese to shape into a house or church for children to show others and then EAT their structures.

Song:  "Into My Heart"

Words and Music (pdf) pdf

MP3 Accompaniment Track

About Carol Williams
Carol and her husband have erved 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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