Showing Jesus' Love
For Ages: 2-5
Begin by singing "This Little Light of
Enrichment Idea: You might decide to darken the
room and use a tiny flashlight or light a small candle during your discussion.
Before you read, turn the lights on again.
Ask, "Have you ever been afraid of the dark?"
Why? How do lights help us? If I cover my light what will happen? (It gets dark
and it might make some of us scared or upset.)
Read Matthew 5:14-16 from a child-friendly Bible. Jesus
is telling us that when we follow him we are like lights, because we can show
others the way to see Jesus' love and how to follow him. We do this when we show
kindness to others, and by sharing and speaking kindly. What are some ways we
can show kindness to others? Who can we show kindness to today? (Allow for
What happens if we decide not to show love and kindness to others? (allow for
discussion) We are like the light that is covered up. We darken our world and that's a sad
thing! But when we show love and kindness to others
we honor God in our lives!
To remember our lesson, we will create a special painting.
What You Need: T-shirt or another item to
paint on, sponges cut to approximately 1" x 4", acrylic
paint (yellow, red-orange, green and blue), permanent black marker,
What You Do: Dip the sponges into blue and then green paint to
paint the candle and holder (as shown in the picture above). Have
children press their thumbs into red-orange paint to paint the flames.
Now press children's palms into the yellow paint to paint the glow of
the flame (their handprints).
When the paint is dry use the marker to write child's name
as shown in the picture. You might decide to outline the lamp and flame with the
End by singing song and with prayer.
Copyright 2004 Sarah Keith
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