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Preschool Sunday School Lessons: 3 Ideas for Children’s Messages

2. Preschool Sunday School Lessons: Be Light

Theme: Be the light of Jesus

Scripture: Matthew 5:14

Supplies: Different kinds of lights (lamp, flashlight, candle, lighter, lantern, headlamp, glow sticks, etc.), a cup to put over one light

Say: I want to show you something. First I need to turn off the lights.

Once the lights are off, review each type of light source. Turn it on and talk about what it is and what you use it for.

Ask: Why do we need light? So we can see.

Say: Without light, we wouldn’t be able to see. It’s hard to do things in the dark. We need light.

Bible Application

Matthew 5:14 says: You are the light of the world.”

When Jesus lives in us, we’re like a bright light shining His love. We’re like every one of these light sources lit up. People can see this light shine out of us by the way we act and by the words we say. That’s why it’s important to do what is right, be kind, and say nice things. We want to always shine the light of Jesus to everyone we meet.

The next verse in Matthew says: “No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.”

Would it make sense if I light this candle and then put this cup over it? Demonstrate this.

What happens? That’s right, the light is hidden and eventually goes out.

When we know Jesus, we shine His light. We don’t want to hide this light or His love from anyone. We want everyone to see it.

That’s why it’s important to shine brightly so everyone can see Jesus and feel His love.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for giving us light. Thank you for being light to everyone. Help us be a light so others can see you through us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Close by singing “This Little Light of Mine.”  

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Vanessa Myers is the Children’s Director at Dahlonega United Methodist Church in Dahlonega, GA. She holds a Masters in Church Ministries from Duke Divinity School and is professionally certified in Christian Education through the United Methodist Church. Vanessa also loves to write about faith, family, and ministry on her blog www.vanessamyers.org. She is married to Andrew and they have two daughters.