‘In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:16

 
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Week 1 objectives: to discover that this verse comes from the book of Matthew and that when Matthew wrote this verse he was writing about a time when Jesus sat on a mountain and spoke to a crowd of people.

Game - 7 mins
Aims: to make a sand-mountain before talking about the Sermon on the Mount.
You will need: Play sand, jugs of water (or water sprays), spoons, two washing-up bowls per team (or suitable trays), floor coverings. You will also need a dustpan and brush to hand.

Before the session cover the floor of your teaching area and set up two low tables. On each table place an empty washing-up bowl, a bowl full of sand, a jug of water (or water sprays) and enough spoons for one per child.

If your group is large enough, divide the children into two teams. Explain that each team is going to make a sand mountain in their empty bowl. Describe how they will first need to move as much sand as they want into the empty bowl; they could do this using their hands or the spoons. Then, dampening the sand with the water, they need to mould it into the shape of a mountain.

Allow the children five minutes to create their mountain. When the time is up describe what you like best about each mountain.

If you would prefer not to use sand, make paper mache mountains out of newspaper and kitchen tissue paper, dampened with water (see Printables). If you have a small group only set up one table and work as one team to complete this activity.


Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, one or two of the sand-mountains from the game, action figures such as Playmobil or Lego figures and either an electric or battery-operated lamp.

Before the session write the verse on a large sheet of paper or whiteboard. Place the lamp in a safe place in your teaching area.

Underline the word ‘Matthew’. Explain that Matthew is the first book in the New Testament and one of the four Gospels — the books that tell the story of Jesus’ life. Briefly show the children the Gospels in a Bible and quickly find the book of Matthew. Draw two stick people next to the verse and write ‘Matthew’ and ‘Jesus’ underneath. Tell the children that Matthew travelled with Jesus. He watched him and listened to what he said. Matthew wrote down what he saw and heard. Everything he wrote down has been put into the book of Matthew. When Matthew wrote this verse he was writing about a time when Jesus sat on a mountain and spoke to a crowd of people. Place the action figures on the sand-mountains or draw a simple hill with a stick man on top next to the verse.

Underline the word ‘light’ in the verse. While Jesus spoke he talked about light. Turn the lamp on next to you. Ask the children to think about the difference the light made to the room. Ask them to imagine what would have happened had the room been dark.

Talk briefly about why we have lights in our homes. Respond positively to the children's answers. Summarise by talking about how comforting and helpful it is when a room is full of light. Explain that Jesus said he is the Light of the world. Ask the children why they think Jesus said that about himself. Listen to the children's answers. Suggest that if light is both comforting and helpful then Jesus wants us to understand that, like a light, he is comforting and helpful too.

Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘Good King Wenceslas’

In the same way let your light
Shine in front of people.
Then they'll see the good you do, and
Praise your Father in Heaven.

In the same way let your light
Shine in front of people.
Matthew chapter five, sixteen
Matthew five, sixte-ee-en.

For simple actions: do the hand action for twinkling star as you sing ‘let your light shine’, shield your eyes as if saluting as you sing ‘see’, lift your hand in the air as you sing ‘praise’ and make a giant ‘M’ by lifting your arms up then touching your head with your finger tips for ‘Matthew’.


 

 
 
 
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