‘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 4 objectives: to think about people praising God when they see Christians being helpful and comforting, and to discover that Christians can both show and tell others about God's goodness.

Game - 7 mins
Aims: to play a game about doing helpful and comforting things.
You will need: the ‘list of prompts’ (see Printables), two torches and a pen.

Divide the children into two teams. Encourage the children to sit with their team members as far away from the other team as possible. Place the two torches between the teams. The torches need to be at the same distance from both teams.

Tell the children that you are going to describe a situation and they need to think of something helpful and/or comforting that they could do. When a team has thought of something, they need to send a team member to pick up one of the torches, switch it on and lift it in the air. The first team to shine the torch wins a point.

Describe the first situation to the children. When both teams have a representative holding a torch in the air, ask them to tell you their ideas. Quickly write the ideas down next to your list of prompts. Repeat this, reading out the different situations on your sheet or adding your own.

Just before you bring the game to a close, read out the ideas the children have had.


Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, a lamp, either electric or battery-operated, a variety of torches, the ‘Holy Spirit arrow’ (see Printables), ‘show and tell’ graphic (see Printables) and a jumper with a school emblem.

Position the lamp in a safe place and set the torches out next to it. Before the session write the verse on a large sheet of paper/whiteboard.

Remind the children that one day Jesus sat on a mountain and spoke to a crowd of people. Underline the word ‘light’. While Jesus spoke he talked about light. Switch the lamp on. Talk briefly about how comforting and helpful it is when light fills a room. Explain that Jesus wants Christians to be like light, comforting and helpful too. But how can people be comforting and helpful like Jesus?

Briefly talk about the work of the the Holy Spirit. Show the ‘Holy Spirit arrow’ and remind the children that Christians believe the Holy Spirit guides them and changes them from the inside-out to be more and more like Jesus; to think, feel and act like him; to be comforting and helpful (like light). 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.

Underline the phrase ‘they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven’.

Ask the children who their Father in Heaven is. Explain that this verse teaches that when Christians do something comforting and helpful, people thank and praise God.

You might like to use the following illustration. Hold up a school jumper. When people see a child wearing a school jumper and behaving well, they think ‘that child goes to a good school - the school has taught them to behave well’. Explain that this verse suggests that when people see Christians being kind they think ‘Christians are kind people, so their God must be good and kind too’. Then, people who believe God is good and kind, thank and praise him. Circle the word ‘praise‘. Point to the appropriate part of the verse as you summarise - this verse teaches that when Christians do something comforting and helpful (like light), people believe God is good and kind and they thank and praise him.

If you have time ask the children why they think Christians want ‘people to praise their God in Heaven’. Listen to the children's answers and respond positively. Explain that Christians want people to praise God because they believe he deserves to be praised.

However Christians don't just want people to praise God one day then ignore him the next, Christians love being close friends with God and long for others around them to be close friends with him too.

Finally, briefly talk about how Christians can help others to become close friends with God. The Bible teaches that an important part of helping others to become close friends with God is telling them the good news about Jesus, that he lived, died and rose again so that everybody everywhere can say ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness. Christians believe that through hearing this wonderful news many people will see God's goodness and be drawn to his love and forgiveness. However this verse teaches that not only can Christians tell others about God's goodness but they can show his love and goodness too. As people see Christians being comforting and helpful they will believe God is good and kind and be drawn to his love and forgiveness. Quickly show the ‘show and tell’ graphic as you summarise. Remind the children that Christians can both show and tell people about God's love and goodness.


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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