Glow sticks emit a mysterious-looking light, especially in a darkened room. When you crack a stick and get it glowing, you’ll get the attention of everyone in the class. If you have the ability to darken your classroom, you can use this exciting toy as an object lesson for kids’ church. You can use glow sticks a hundred different ways but for the object lesson I chose today, the verse I’m teaching is John 8:12. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Ready?
Preparing for the Glow Stick Lesson
You need a glow stick necklace and a clear, glass of tonic water. If the budget can handle it, have a glow stick necklace or bracelet for every child to take home. You’ll need to cover any windows or door windows with black fabric or garbage bags. By limiting the outside light the glow sticks will glow more. Pour the water in the glass and pop the necklace then place it around your neck. Cover the glass with a towel to hide it. Leave the lights on for the beginning of the lesson.
Teaching This Glow Stick Lesson
Well everyone! Isn’t this cool? I love this necklace. It just glows and glows and glows but I know it’s hard to see that right now. This reminds me of a Bible verse I found in John. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” No matter how dark it is outside, Jesus’ light still glows. You may not be able to see it with your eyes but Jesus’ light glows even when you don’t know it. Our Lord also told us that we, the believers of Jesus will also have this light. We will be lights too. Let me show you something.” (Turn off the lights.)
Look! I am glowing. You couldn’t see it a few minutes ago but now you can. Let me show you something else. (Uncover the glass of tonic water.) Look! It is glowing too. It looks pretty in the glass but what would happen if I were to drink it? Let’s find out. (Drink a few sips of the tonic water.) Now God’s light is inside me! I’m just kidding. You don’t have to drink God’s light to have it inside you. Remember Jesus promised his followers that they would be lights too. Are you a light? When God looks at you do you glow? Let’s be sure! Who wants to pray?
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