Each Sunday I post one of my favorite Bible-based activities. These activities are tried and true, usually super simple, and make a lasting impression on the kids. They are also easily altered, and, for the most part Im only going to post the activity and just add some suggestions for how to incorporate it into an overall lesson. I hope you can use some of these in your own ministry – be it homeschooling or church.

Let Your Light Shine

Items Needed: large flashlight with batteries, small junk (rusted nail, car keys, bottle caps, etc)

Scripture: Matthew 5:16 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Prep: Before the lesson, take a big flashlight and remove the batteries (stick them in your pocket). Fill the flashlight with junk (rusted nail, car keys, bottle cap etc.)

Application: Show the kids the flashlight and ask them what it does. They’ll answer: “it Makes light.” have someone turn off the lights and make it obvious that you are trying to turn on the flashlight. Once they see that you can’t turn it on, have someone turn the lights back on. Open up the flashlight and slowly start taking out the junk. Once junk is out, put in batteries and try again. Explain how our lives will only shine if we fill them with good things (Bible study, prayer) instead of garbage (sin).

Pray: Lord, we thank you for all you do for us. We pray that you help us fill our lives with goodness and joy and watch over us all the days of our lives. Amen.

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