February 16, 2009

Faith Kids: Stand Out (Matthew 5:13-16)

Jesus teaches his followers to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16)

Big Idea
When you follow God, you stand out.

Bible Verse
Matthew 5:16a - "In the same way, let your light shine in front of others." (NIrV)

1. We darkened the windows and told the story by candlelight. We paid special attention to how the candle stood out in the darkness, as it reminded us that we stand out when we follow God.

2. We played "One of these things is not like the Other," complete with musical cameos from Big Bird and Cookie Monster. Natalie was our contestant, and she had to, after viewing how three different people reacted to a situation, figure out which one stood out because they obeyed God. Natalie was three for three!

3. We lit a birthday candle for each word of our Bible verse as we learned it. In the end, we had Claire come up to blow them all out.

4. We used action figures and a digital camera to create scenes where people stood out because they decided to follow God. See the pictures below to see the results of this. (The first two were made by the K-2nd kids, the third was made by the 3rd-6th kids)

Materials We Used
1. Lesson Plan
2. Small Group Leader Sheet
3. Verse Activity

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