FAITH RELAYS: Divide children into teams. The teacher will ask a series of questions and each question will be one relay. (1) Ask the children - Do you have FAITH that your team can roll this potato to the finish line? (Run the relay). (2) Ask the children - Do you have FAITH that your team can pop all your balloons before the other team? Give each team player one balloon to pop and run the relay). (3) Ask children - Do you have FAITH that you can hop on one foot to the finish line and back? Continue to give children relays to run to show their FAITH in what they can do, as time allows.
SKIT ON FAITH: The teacher will tell today's story while children sit in a circle. Then have various children play the part of the Centurion, the servant, Jesus, an officer and the crowd. Retell the story while children act the parts.
SONG BOARD: Print off the words to the song MY GOD IS SO BIG and give each child a copy. Have the children glue the sheets to a thin board or a plaque and then decoupage the top by painting over it with with glue. Let the song board dry and attach a hook to the back for children to hang up in their homes.
KEYS OF FAITH: Children can cut out tracings of keys in bright colors. Encourage the children to decorate their keys with a border and glitter, and words of FAITH from our story, or ideas that the children have about FAITH and believing in God.
POSTER KEY OF FAITH: The teacher can make a large poster with the word FAITH written on a large tracing of a key. Let the children take turns coming to the KEY OF FAITH and write words that they have learned from today's lesson about FAITH and unlocking God's POWER — words such as mighty, power, obstacles won, amazing power, healed, God is amazing, etc.
MIGHTY POWER: Provide construction paper and markers for each child to draw their neighbor's MUSCLE ARM (an arm with a big bulge on the upper arm). Encourage children to write MIGHTY POWER on the arm and then tape the letters F-A-I-T-H to the muscle using sticky alphabet letters from a scrapbooking store. Hang the MIGHTY POWER pictures around the classroom.
FAITH BANNERS: Let the children trace the outline of each other on long white rolls of paper. Then they will color themselves. Give each child a piece of construction paper for them to make a banner that says F-A-I-T-H and glue it on their traced person. Put all the children's body tracings on the classroom wall! Each week for a month, if desired, the teacher will let the children write something they've learned about Faith or what they've had the FAITH to do during the past week. Make sure they have brightly colored markers for these ideas and children can share with the class what they have written and why.
SING A SONG: MY GOD IS SO BIG; ONLY BELIEVE
SHARE A SNACK: FAITH CUPCAKES - Make cupcakes with something special in the middle of the treat and ask children if they have faith that THEIR cupcake has some special treat in the middle. (A piece of candy, fruit, a mini oreo cookie, etc.) ENJOY the filled cupcakes together after thanking God for giving us FAITH to believe and for HIS mighty POWER!
Song: "Only Believe" by Paul Rader