Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about how we are salt and light. Help our time together to be holy time. In your name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: Matthew 5:13-16
Read the story of the Sermon on the Mount in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:
Discuss as a family:
What is your favorite salty thing?
What is your favorite source of light?
How do you think we are salt of the earth (hint:salt is used for seasoning, preservation, and healing)?
How do you think we are the light of the world?
Song: This Little Light of Mine
This song is probably quite familiar to you. Did you know the words came right from the mouth of Jesus? Let your lights shine as you sing this song together!
Activity: Salt Dough
I thought it would be fun to make something out of salt cough to remind us that we are the salt of the earth. The basic salt sough recipe is 2 parts table salt and 2 parts flour to 1 part warm water. I found that my dough was a bit sticky, so I added more flour until the dough was soft and easy to handle.
My idea was to take the “salt” dough and make a heart-shaped tea “light” holder, like this: http://lifeasmom.com/diy-on-a-dime-salt-dough-candle-holders/
However, my kids had other, wonderful ideas. They played with the dough for almost an hour, and then had me wrap it up tight in plastic wrap so they could use it again. They have asked for it at least three other times this week, and it is a great distraction to play with at their little table in the kitchen while I have been making supper. A devotion and a lifesaver, all in one! No pictures this time, as they smashed their creations as fast as they made them. I guess that’s the magic of the dough!
My kids and I have skin allergies, so I didn’t add color or scent to our dough. You could most certainly do that, if you are so inclined.
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for making us salt and light in this world. Help us to remember that you are the one who makes us truly shine. In your name we pray, Amen.