Text: John 1:1-5
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Preparation: Secretly give a flashlight to one
The Message: (Have adults stand in groups of 10
or less. Encourage children not to run during this activity.)
Before Jesus was born, people were in darkness. (Dim or turn off
the lights.) But when Jesus was born, a light shone in the darkness
to give people hope and teach them about God.
Let’s pretend we’re in the days before Jesus. Let’s see if we can
find the light of Jesus. When you find the light, say, “I’ve found
the light!” One group has the light, but other groups may pretend
to have the light. (Have kids walk around the room looking for the
light. Have older children hold the hand of a younger child. Have
the person with the light turn on his or her light while the other
group members try to conceal it. Once kids discover the light, turn
on the lights, gather the children together and read the
How did it feel to be in the darkness looking for the light? How
did it feel when someone found the light? What did you do? How do
you think people felt when Jesus, the light of the world, was
Let’s remember that without Jesus, we’d still be stumbling around
in the darkness and we wouldn’t know who God is. Let’s celebrate
the light of Jesus at Christmas, and all year long.
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