‘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 2 objectives: to think about Jesus being the Light of the world and to discover that the Bible teaches that Christians should be like lights too.

Game - 7 mins
Aims: to complete a challenge using torches.
You will need: a dark piece of plain fabric or a large piece of black paper, a torch, pens/pencils, ‘Morse Code sheets’, ‘Bible verse sheets’ and an ‘answer sheet’ (see Printables).

Before the session print or photocopy enough ‘Morse Code sheets’ and ‘Bible verse sheets’ for one between two children. Print one ‘answer sheet’.

Divide the children into pairs or small groups and encourage them to sit in their groups. Make sure everyone can see the fabric/paper (if possible attach it to a wall or ask a helper to hold it). Give each group a Morse Code sheet, a Bible verse sheet and a pen or pencil. Explain to the children that you are going to ‘spell’ the missing words using a torch; you will either flash the torch for a long time or a short time. If you flash the torch for a short time the children need to draw a dot on their sheets, for a long time they should draw a dash. ‘Spell’ the missing words in Morse Code by shining the torch at the fabric/paper and copying the dots and dashes written on the answer sheet. Stop after each letter. When you have stopped flashing the torch the children need to look at their Morse Code sheet to find the corresponding letter. Repeat this for each of the letters until you have ‘spelt’ all the missing words. Encourage the children to add the words to their Bible verse sheets. If the children would like to, allow them to take turns flashing the torch to ‘spell’ the words.

For younger children, instead of using Morse Code, simply use the light from the torch to 'draw' the shape of some of the missing letters onto the fabric/paper. Work together to guess the letters. Some children might enjoy drawing letters from their names.


Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or whiteboard, a Bible, marker pens, a lamp, either electric or battery-operated, a variety of torches, a ‘3 in 1’ symbol (see Printables) and the ‘Holy Spirit arrow’ (see Printables).

Position the lamp in a safe place in your teaching area and set the torches out next to the lamp.

During the session draw a simple mountain on the paper/whiteboard. Ask one of the children to draw a stick man on top. Explain that one day Jesus sat on a mountain and spoke to a crowd of people. Matthew, one of Jesus' followers, wrote down what Jesus said. What he wrote is in the book of Matthew. Help the children to find the book of Matthew in a Bible.

Remind the children that while Jesus spoke he talked about light. Turn the lamp on. Explain that last week we talked about the difference the light would make had the room been dark. We thought about how light that fills a room is comforting and helpful. Remind the children that Jesus said he is the Light of the world. Talk again about how Jesus wants us to understand that he is comforting and helpful too.

In this verse Jesus is talking about Christians being like light. Turn the torches on next to the lamp. Point to the lamp as you explain that just as Jesus is comforting and helpful like a light, he wants Christians to be comforting and helpful. Point to the torches as you talk about Christians.

But how can people be comforting and helpful like Jesus?

Briefly talk about the work of the the Holy Spirit. If appropriate quickly show the ‘3 in 1’ symbol. Very briefly remind the children about the three Persons of the Trinity. Show the ‘Holy Spirit arrow’ and explain that when Jesus went up to Heaven the Holy Spirit came down to live with people. Explain that Christians believe the Holy Spirit helps them; he guides them and changes them from the inside-out. With the powerful help of the Holy Spirit Christians believe they are learning and growing to be more like Jesus; to think, feel and act like him; to be more comforting, helpful, peaceful and patient.

Christians believe that each day the Holy Spirit helps millions of people around the world to become more and more like Jesus; to live God's way; the way he created them to live.

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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