How Can You Let Your Light Shine for Jesus?- You must do your part as the Body of Christ
This year our theme will be “Let your light shine”. In order for our children to let their light shine they must understand that they are a part of the Body of Christ. All parts of the body are important and necessary. The body cannot work properly if each part is not working. His light shines through us when we are all working together. Here is a devotion that talks about knowing who you are as the body of Christ.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:14-21, Acts 9:1-22
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given to believers by the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord.
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…
1 Corinthians 12:4-5, 12-13
1. I Corinthians 12 is in the New Testament. It was written about the Body of Christ and the gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to each part of the Body.
2. If we are going to reflect the light of Jesus, we must remember 2 things:
- Christians are members of Christ’s body. We all need each other because we have each been given different gifts
- We all share in the Holy Spirit no matter what our gifts are.
Storytime: Preschool Body of Christ lesson with puppet body of christ preschoolGSC_NT_Curr_PS_L_53
coloring page: C for Christ preschool handwriting
Musical Parade :Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Sing or play a tape of “This Little Light of Mine”.
Teach them this song (point to each body part as you sing):
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, kees and toes
Knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and noes
All praise God as we go!
Craft:body of christ preschool craft body parts template
This is a great craft and activity to get childern working
together. Print one template per child, and cut out on the
gray lines. Distribute the pieces unevenly so some
children have extra arms and maybe no legs or
something. Give children a glue stick and ask them to
find all of the body parts they need to complete their
person. Point out that Christ is the head of the body, and
we are all the different parts with different jobs to do!
Let’s play Blanket Ball. In this game, we will remind each other of our Bible Memory Verse
(Matthew 5:14): “Let your light shine .” We are the Body of Christ” Each time we toss
the ball into the air and catch it in the blanket, we will say a phrase of the Bible Memory Verse.
1. Children stand in a circle holding the edges of the blanket.
2. Place a ball or balloon in the center of the blanket.
3. Together, the children quickly raise the blanket to toss the ball or balloon into the air.
4. As the ball lands, lead children in saying a phrase of the Bible Memory Verse. Phrases can be divided
as follows: “Let/ your light/ Shine”, “We are/ the Body/of Christ”
5. Play several times.
5-12 Year Old Powerzone Workshops
Storyteller’s Tent/ Drama/Games
Lesson ideas :
Hands, feet and mouth race:
Assign roles within each team.
FEET are the only ones allowed to collect pieces of memory verse from the pile at the far wall. They cannot speak or touch the pieces once they have been brought to the team base.
MOUTHS are the only people allowed to speak throughout the whole game (but cannot move and must have hands behind their backs- no pointing allowed!)
HANDS are the only people allowed to arrange and stick the parts of the memory verse to the sheet.
The idea is that, like in a relay race, children collect pieces of memory verse one by one, being them to the team base and arrange the verse so it makes sense. The first team to complete the memory verse is the winner.
This may be frustrating for some of the children but really illustrated how the parts of the body need to work together!
click here for template above: body of Christ game template
Cooperative Chairs Game:
Object of the game:
The children are to work together so all the children win the game. They game can’t be won without everyone sitting/touching the chair and helping each other to do so, no matter how few chairs are left. The game is similar to musical chairs except instead of the children aren’t out at the end of a round. Everyone has a chair to sit on, plus the bench. At the end of each round a chair is removed, now the children all must sit down, but they have one less chair to use. How can they all sit with fewer and fewer chairs?
In this game their feet may not touch the ground when they are sitting!
Set up the chairs and bench in a circle. There should be one chair for every child, plus the bench. Start the music, the children should circle the chairs until the music stops, then sit. One chair is removed. End of round one.
Proceed with removing chairs until all that is left to sit on is the bench. The children will need to work together to all sit on the bench. It helps to have a “spotter” or two if you have many children all trying to help each other stay on one chair!
Parts of the body of Christ Jenga:
Pass out a set of Jenga blocks.
On each Jenga wooden game piece write a different job/person in the church, things the church needs people to do. Now build the Jenga tower with all the pieces (job/people in the church).
Now play Jenga, each person taking a turn removing a block without letting the tower fall. The students start removing pieces and reading what is on the piece. That removed brick is no longer a part of the church/Body of Christ. Eventually the tower will fall, Why? There are many people/bricks laying around not being used for the church. What happens to the church?
Work sheets and coloring sheets:children-teamkid-stewardship-lesson5-grades4-6
Brainstorm gifts that God gives to the body. Give each child a sheet a paper and a pencil, and ask them to write down at least one gift that God has given them and how they are using it to shine HIS light in the world.
Divide into teams of 6-8 young people. Give each person a different coloured crayon. Place large pieces of paper, one for each team, about 3 metres away from where they have lined up. Tell them that they cannot change places in the line and they may only use the crayon they have been given. Explain their task is to draw a life-size picture of a person doing something in church, praising God, teaching, helping, etc. The first person on each team runs to the paper and begins to draw the parts of the picture which link to the colour of their crayon. After 15 seconds they must return to their teams and be replaced by the next person in the line who will add their colour to the picture. Continue the relay until all of the team members get a chance to draw a part of the picture. Display the pictures. You may have to get each team to explain their work of art to you and the rest of the group! This game illustrates the unique contribution of every person. It takes a variety of colours to make the picture, everyone is important and the picture can only be drawn when everyone participates.
Movie of the day of Pentecost