Let Your Light Shine -Matthew 5:14-16
Bible Verse: Matthew 5:14-16
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Read Matthew 5:14-16-
Explain that Jesus is the light of the world and because we love Him we shine His light in
the world in which we live. Without light there is darkness which is scary but Jesus has shined His light in our hearts and then we shine His light every where we go, but sometimes when we get cranky, selfish or mean we hide the light of Jesus in us.
What do we do if we catch our selves being mean or cranky?
We pray & ask Jesus to forgive us and help us to shine His light and share His love.
How can we shine Jesus’ light?
-We can share our snack, help our parents or teachers, etc
Let the children share how they shine their light.
How can we hide His light?
When they didn’t listen to their parents or teachers, they said something mean to somebody, etc.
|Song: This Little Light Of Mine|
Place a long piece of masking tape across the middle of the floor separating the room
Go through some of the qualities of shinning their light, such as loving, comfort, helping,
being kind, sharing, sacrificing, etc.
And the qualities of hiding their light under a basket
Being greedy, mean, hurtful words, unkind, unloving, etc.
Have one side of the tape be the “Shinning Your Light” side, and the other side be “Hiding Your Light” under the basket side. Whenever the teacher says a “Shinning Your Light” quality they jump on the Shinning side of the tape. Whenever the teacher says a quality of
of “Hiding Your Light” word the jump on that side.
this is a great game ot get out their wiggles & let the children name some qualities too!
How can we give our kids a chance to let their light shine?
One of our teachers Rachel is going on a missions trip to Belize so she spoke about where she is going and what she will be doing there. She works with a local church who runs a summer school and teaches them. She has been going to Belize for 7 years and has built
relationships with the children & parents and has been able to share the love of Jesus with
them in a practical way. She showed some photos and gifts that the children had given her
over the years.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works
Memory Verse Game:
Write the memory verse on the chalkboard and let the children read it out loud all together. Start erasing the words of the memory verse one at a time and see if the children can remember what it was.
*You can also split the children up into 2 or more teams and then erase one memory verse word at a time and see which team can remember it with ALL the words erased.
Bring in a flash light a large one if possible. Put the flash light on and shut the classroom
lights off. Show the children that this flash light shines in the darkness. Now try & hide the light from the flash light. Put different things over it to try and cover the light. It is
hard to hide the light right? Even if we hide the light, the light is still there ready to shine
light for all to see by.