Interactive Group Activities

by Carol Williams & Charles Kirpatrick

Sermon Title: "Extra! Extra! Read All about It!"

Scripture Reading: Mark 9:9-15

ROLLED UP GOOD NEWS: Give children white paper to write EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! And on an extra sheet of white paper (to be rolled up), have children write REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS! Mark 1:15. Roll the newspaper up and tie with a ribbon or a rubber band. Encourage children to share their good news with someone else!

FOLLOW THE LEADER: Everyone will be given a rolled up newspaper and will follow the leader in whatever the leader does with the newspaper. Take turns in leading the class and saying REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS, every time a new “action” is shown by the leader! Encourage children to shout out GOOD NEWS!!
GOOD NEWS RECORDING: Have a tape recorder available for children to tell the story about today’s lesson on the recording, as well as reciting the Bible verse together, etc. Children will love to hear their voices telling the story.

HEARTS GOOD NEWS: Give children various colors of construction paper to cut out hearts of all sizes. Make a long banner by placing hearts in order from largest to smallest and gluing the tips of them to the next heart to make a lengthwise wall hanging. Write GOOD NEWS, Jesus LOVES us, Repent, believe the good news, etc on each heart. Hang the hearts by a ribbon at the top.

GOOD NEWS MEGAPHONE: Each child can be given part of a poster board to decorate and write GOOD NEWS and then roll the poster board to look like a megaphone and tape well. Let children march around the room or designated area and shout into their megaphones, REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS!!!

BIBLE GOOD NEWS ACROSTIC: Provide each child with a colorful piece of paper and the big letters of B-I-B-L-E along the left side. Work together as a class for ideas of an acrostic for the GOOD NEWS of the Bible!

GOOD NEWS STORYTIME: Let children draw pictures of some GOOD NEWS story in the Bible. They will enjoy thinking together of the GOOD NEWS of each Bible story that the teacher suggests to them, such as Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Joseph, Jonah, etc.

HEART COOKIES: Tell the children of Jesus' love for THEM and for EVERYONE in the world. The heart will remind us of God's love for each of us. Let children frost the heart cookies, if time allows, or if teacher desires!

SING A SONG: "I Love to Tell the Story"; "This Little Light of Mine"

Song:  "I Love to Tell the Story"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

Song:  "This Little Light of Mine"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

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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