Believe It Or Not Group
Group Activities

Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Believe It or Not!"

Scripture Reading:  John 20:19-31

FAITH MARCH: Give the children some cardboard crosses to write FAITH in large letters with bright markers. Have the children march around the room with their crosses held up high, chanting a cadence: I TRUST JESUS, YES I DO! I TRUST JESUS HOW ABOUT YOU! I BELIEVE GOD'S WORD IS TRUE, I BELIEVE IT, HOW ABOUT YOU? I BELIEVE GOD'S PROMISE TRUE, HE WILL DO WHAT HE SAID HE'D DO. I BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED, ROSE AGAIN AND LIVES ON HIGH! I HAVE JESUS IN MY HEART, HE GAVE ME A BRAND NEW START.

I BELIEVE Poster: Glitter glue I BELIEVE on a poster and let children add happy faces and cross stickers, etc. while discussing the lesson with children! Will we be a doubter or a believer?  FAITH is believing in things NOT SEEN!!

FAITH CROSSES: Give children construction paper, stickers and markers to make a cross and write and decorate the word FAITH on the cross, to be hung around their neck.

BELIEVE MOBILE: Let the class as a group, or each child separately, color the letters for B-E-L-I-E-V-E, using glitter and gel pens, etc. After the glue and glitter have dried, hang the letters from a hanger and hang in the classroom.

PRISM FAITH: The teacher will show the class a prism or a beveled glass or mirror. It will make a rainbow refraction. Tell children that this piece of glass is really made up of different colors (white is really made of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet).

HAND PRINTS: Let the children trace each of their hands onto construction paper and then glue a large black dot/circle onto each hand. Let children trace or write I BELIEVE above the hands picture. Ask children if they believe that Jesus rose from the grave.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT GAME: Have the children write three statements about themselves. Two of the statements should be true, and one of the statements will be false. Read the statements to the class and see if they can guess which of the statements is not true.

SURPRISE TREATS: Make "pocket" cupcakes for the children to find a little pudding or another type of cake in the middle of their cupcake (or even a jelly bean, etc) and then frosted with white frosting. Ask children if they have faith to believe that there is something special inside each cupcake before they begin to enjoy their snack.

Song:  "Only Believe"

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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