Your kids' love for rock collecting can stimulate active Bible
learning. Plan a party or lesson entirely around a rock theme.
Invite children to bring rocks up to 4 inches in diameter.
Storytime-Tell a Bible story and have children do the
activity in parentheses from any of these Bible stories: "The Good
Shepherd" from John 10 (children build a rock sheepfold);
"Rebuilding the Wall" from Nehemiah 3 (children build a wall);
"Israel Crosses the Jordan" from Joshua 3-4, and "Elijah and the
Prophets of Baal" from 1 Kings 18:20-40 (children build stone
After your Bible story activity, ask kids how it felt to build
their rock structure; what kinds of walls and altars we build each
day; and how these structures do or don't show God that we love him
Music-Lead kids in singing "The Wise Man and the
Foolish Man," "Rock of Ages," and "Jesus Is the Rock."
Playtime-For a fun game, have kids sit in a circle. Have
each child choose one rock (not the rock he or she brought for the
activity) and examine it closely. Then collect the rocks in a bowl.
Pass the bowl around the circle and have kids find their original
rocks. Amazingly, kids will know their rocks! After everyone has a
rock, *ask: How well did you know your rock?
How did you get to know your rock? How well do you think God
knows you? Then read aloud Psalm 139:1-6 to remind kids that God
knows them intimately.
Snacks-Serve rock or "pebble" candy, rock cookies,
juice "on the rocks," or rocky road ice cream.
Outreach-Need a missions tie-in? Cover a church wall
with paper "rocks," removing one for each dime or quarter that
children contribute toward a missions project that helps tear down
walls between people or between people and God.
Dispose of rocks by lining an approved creek bed or drainage
COUNTRY MICE, CITY MICE
For fun field trip ideas this summer, try a change of venue.
Sponsor A Day in the Country or A Day in the City for children in
grades two to five. Country attractions include natural wonders,
dairies, tree or produce farms, orchards or cider mills, ranches,
and cheese factories. Cities offer equally varied possibilities
such as interactive museums, art galleries, worksite tours, parks,
zoos, and restaurants.
Jesus said to "feed my sheep." Here's a literal application of
that verse since so many little lambs will be outdoors this
Each week, have your kids give a snack and a cold drink to kids
as an outreach tool. Your kids could go to community recreation
programs, parks, pools, or neighborhoods.
Recruit a different Sunday school class to participate for each
snack giveaway. Talk beforehand with the "serving crew" about
loving others through our actions. Pray that the children served
will receive God's love through your group.