We love the Clydesdale’s latest release and how it teaches kids the Gospel in such a fun and tangible way. To help them learn these biblical truths, children’s ministry expert, Rhonda Frazier has compiled a list of activities.
Some of these are large group activities and some can be used in small groups or for early arrivers. Feel free to use the activities over several rehearsal periods as you work on mastering the songs or even incorporate them into the performance of these songs.
A Rejoice Study for “This is the Day”
Here are just a few more verses which use the word “rejoice” from the book of Psalms. Write these references on notecards. In small groups or as an early arrival activity, let kids look up these scriptures. What does the verse say about rejoicing? Read surrounding verses to see who is rejoicing and why? How do these verses add to our understanding of the source of our joy? (Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of verses. Split them up among several groups, or write the reference on slips of paper. Then put them in a jar or basket and let a student pull one out to investigate.
Psalms “Rejoice” Verses
31:7, 32:11, 33:21, 34:2, 35:9, 40:16, 48:11, 51:8, 53:6, 63:11, 64:10, 68:3, 68:4, 70:4, 85:6, 89:16, 89:42, 96:11, 96:13, 97:1, 97:8, 97:12, 104:31, 104:34, 105:3, 107:42, 109:28, 118:24, 119:14, 119:74, 119:162, 122:1, 149:2, 149:5
Have the kids write their own verses or poems that express the reasons they have to rejoice every day.
“Praise the Lord (Psalm 146)”—Praise Art
Provide your students with various art supplies. Ask them to close their eyes while you read Psalm 146 to them. Read it again. Ask them to draw, paint, or make a collage or mixed media art that represents something from this passage. Encourage them in their expression. Their art can be a realistic interpretation of some of the lines or phrases, or it can be more impressionist and evoke how the passage made them feel. Keep the artwork to display during your performances of Truths to Treasure.
“Greater Is He”
Talk with your students about times in the Bible when God showed up in a big way to bring His people victory. What are their favorite stories? Using your Bible or a Bible app, help them find the story in the Bible. Help them learn where this meaningful story is in God’s Word. Discuss the main points of the story, pointing out how God showed up, delivered, healed, and more. Ask the students to think about how and when they see God at work in their own lives as Savior, Defender, and Helper. Do you have a personal testimony to share that is kid-appropriate? Jesus in us means that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit!
“I Can Do All Things”—Questions
Use note cards or prepare digital cards and print them each with “Can I?” question on it ranging from the ridiculous to normal life scenarios. Examples of ridiculous questions would be—“Can I eat a million marshmallows in one minute?” or “Can I jump over the tallest building in town?” A serious question may be something like—“Can I be kind to the student in my class who has a bad attitude?” “Can I freely share my toys with my sister?” “Can I obey my parents the first time they ask me to do something?” “Can I find joy when my day seems sad?”
When Philippians 4:13 is taken out of context, kids can often think of it as a blank check for any and every activity. “I can do anything!!!!” Prepare your question cards. Have one or two for each student. Also prepare a poster, wall section or bulletin board with “I Can Do This!” Tell them to read the question then decide if that’s something that Philippians 4:13 applies to. If it is, post the card under the phrase “I Can Do This!” If it’s one of the ridiculous things, they can crumple it up and toss it away.
Using the model of the prayer Jesus taught the disciples encourage the kids to make a prayer chain. You may want to talk about how the term “prayer chain” has been used in the past and may still be in use in your congregation. (A prayer chain is a list of people who are called, emailed, texted, or contacted when a prayer need arises. They have agreed to be notified and have made a commitment to pray for the needs of others.) This prayer chain, however, is a literal paper chain. Provide strips of colored construction paper.
Each week the kids will add to the chain. Encourage them to follow the model of The Lord’s Prayer by adding a link of praise and thanksgiving, a link of petition for others and self, a link of confession and forgiveness, and a link of praise to wrap it all up. Add to the chain each week. You may want to color code the paper to match the different parts/sections of the prayer. (Supplies needed: construction paper, scissors, stapler, or tape)
Memory Challenge for “Excellent Way” 1 Corinthians 13
Challenge your kids to memorize 1 Corinthians 13—the entire chapter! When you perform the collection for your congregation, those who have memorized it can recite the passage together or they can tag team the verses by saying lines in turn. End it with everyone saying the last verse together.
“Excellent Way” Wall
As you teach 1 Corinthians 13 and learn “Excellent Way,” encourage the kids to be looking for ways that they can show love to others as described in the verse. Ask them to be on the lookout for when others are showing this kind of love. Let teams design posters for each of the main words in the verse (and the lyrics of the song)—patient, kind, perseveres, and more—decorate a wall in your rehearsal space. The posters could then be repurposed and used during the performance of this song. Let kids hold up the various signs as the words and phrases are sung.
Testimony Time for “I Believe”
Share with your students your salvation story or have another adult or teen come and share about how they came to know Christ as Savior. Ask each student to reflect on his or her own salvation story. If they don’t know all the details, ask them to talk to their parents about when and where they prayed to accept Jesus as Savior. Where were they? Who else was there? Was it at church? Was it at home? What day was it? (If some of the details aren’t known, don’t let them stress over that.) Let them share details of their testimony in the following weeks.
Our testimony is a powerful part of our walk with Christ. If you have students who have not accepted Christ as Savior, this is a great time to share with the kids about how to be saved. You may have kids in your choir who think they are saved because their parents are believers. Help them understand that this is a personal, individual decision that they must make on their own. Pray for them. Pray with them. Lead them to Jesus!
Concept Map—“I Will Love You, Lord”
After you’ve discussed the devotion of the song, give each small group markers and poster board. Ask them to design a concept map related to the memory verse Mark 12:30 and the lyrics of the song, “I Will Love You, Lord.” Let them relate things connected to the heart, soul, mind, and strength back to the central concept of loving God. They can list different things that we do in different categories. For example, “reading my Bible” may go under “mind.” Something like “giving out essential bags to the homeless” may go under “strength.” “Praying for wisdom for the day” could go under “hear,” “mind,” or “soul.” A concept map can help them see how the practical things in their day are related to how they connect with God and can rely on Him for power, provision, and purpose.