Are you looking for a creative way to explain how the church is like the body of Christ to the kids in your Children’s Ministry? Take a look at some of these fun and creative ways to explain 1 Corinthians 12 to children.
#1 The Body of Christ (the church) is like a Pizza
To begin, paint a plain cheese pizza on a piece of poster board.
Cut the pizza up into slices, depending on the number of kids in your class. We had 11 in class that day. Hand out the slices along with some markers and crayons and tell the kids to decorate their slices any way they’d like. After they’re done adorning their piece with toppings, reassemble the pizza.
Explain: “Everyone decorated their pizza slice a little different. We’ve got some plain cheese still, some with pepperoni, and some with sausage (you get the idea), but we’re all still a part of the bigger pizza. In the same way, we’re all part of the church. Even though we are all different and like different things, we are all part of the body of Christ when we love God.”
For a follow-up or closing activity, have kids decorate their own pizza using this worksheet found at Crayola.
Another activity: Have kids race to reassemble the pizza as fast as they can. Best time wins.
#2 The Body of Christ is like.. well.. a Body.
Nothing like going with the literal approach on this one. Read 1 Corinthians 12: 12 to the kids, explaining that just like the parts of our bodies all work together to do something, the people in church can all work together to do what God wants the church to do.
Draw a person on poster board and work together with the kids to label all the parts, what they do, and talk about how the parts of the body work together to do something.
Name a particular action, such as picking up a pencil off the floor and see if kids can identify all the parts of the body that are needed to make it happen. God has made our bodies to do amazing things — He was very intential about how he put us together. It’s the same way with the church (1 Corinthians 12: 18).
As a follow-up or closing activity, have kids build their own body using this Mr. Potato Head worksheet:
(or if you have enough Potato Heads to bring in, that would be even better!). Or find some coloring pages here.
#3 The Body of Christ (the church) is like a Puzzle
Taking a similar approach to the pizza method, give each kid a large puzzle piece and encourage them to put the puzzle together as a team.
Say: Every piece is different. Some have a picture on them, and some have edges. Every single piece is need to make the puzzle work correctly. In the same way, everyone is need to make the church work correctly. We’ve all got to do our part and value the other pieces too.
As a follow up activity, have a number of puzzles that the kids can work on as teams.
How have you taught 1 Corinthians 12 before? I’d love to hear about it!