Palm Of His Hand Group
Group Activities

Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "In the Palm of His Hand"

Scripture Reading: John 10:22-30

PALM RELAY: Divide the children into teams. Each team member will take a turn running to a line and back with a small ball resting IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND. The ball will then be passed off to the next team mate. This will continue until everyone in the team has run back and forth with the ball IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND. IF the ball falls out of the hand, the player must stop, pick it up, and place it back in the palm and continue to run!

PALM CIRCLE: Have the children form a circle with one child in the middle. The child in the middle will close his or her eyes while the teacher gives a coin to one of the children in the circle. The children will then begin to pass the coin around the circle in a very secretive way. All of the children should pretend to pass the coin so that the child in the middle will find it difficult to know who actually has the coin. When the teacher says, "Stop passing the coin," the child in the middle will try to guess who has the coin. When the child in the middle calls a child's name, that child must open his or her hands with the palms up. If the child has the coin in his or her palm, then the child in the middle will change places with the child who had the coin. If the child picked does not have the coin, the child who has the coin trades places with the one in the middle and the game continues.

YO-YO CONTEST: If possible, give each child a yo-yo to practice one of the yo-yo tricks described in the lesson and then let each child do a yo-yo trick for the contest. Give all children a snack or treat for taking part in the contest fun. If possible, let each child keep the yo-yo at the end of class.

SHEPHERD AND SHEEP FOLLOWING: Divide the children into small groups. One child from each group will be designated to be the Shepherd. That child will get their "sheep" of the group in a separate place of the room and will call out "baa, baa, baa" to their group. When the teacher says, "SCATTER THE SHEEP," all the sheep will run away from their own "shepherd" and the shepherd will move to another area as well. Next, a class helper and the teacher will put blind folds on all the "sheep". When the teacher says, "SHEPHERDS, CALL YOUR SHEEP," the shepherds of each group of sheep will begin to call out "baa, baa, baa". The blindfolded sheep recognize the voice of their shepherd and will try to make their way to their own shepherd's corner of the room!

HAND AND HEART DRAWING: Provide the children with art supplies to trace their own hand on a piece of paper. Then the child can use a red marker to draw a large red heart around the hand. The children can then color and decorate their hand and heart drawing and attach a ribbon to it so that it can be hung on the wall around the classroom or take it home to hang on the wall in their room. Children can write on the paper - JESUS HOLDS US SAFELY IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.

HAND VERSE: Let the children draw or trace their friend's hand. The children will then write today's Bible verse up and down and around on the fingers of the traced hand. Lightly color the hands and let the children display all their Bible Verse hands on a large poster board to hang in the classroom!!

PALM PRINTS: The teacher will provide a piece of poster board and let the children place their hands in finger paints and gently place his or her hand on the poster to make a print. Write in large, bright lettering, NOTHING CAN TAKE US OUT OF JESUS' HAND.

SNACK TIME: During class time, let the children reach into a candy or treat bag and take something out and put in the PALM of their hand. When the teacher says -- GO, all the children can open up their palms and see what they grabbed out of the bag and enjoy their treats!

Song:  "He's Got the Whole World in His Hand" Arr. by Charles Kirkpatrick

Words and Music

MP3 Piano Accompaniment - (Two measures introduction and sing twice.)

Song:  "I Know Whom I Have Believed" Arr. by Charles Kirkpatrick

Words and Music

MP3 Piano Accompaniment - (Two measures introduction and sing twice.

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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