This year during Family God Time, we will be using a resource from St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, but with a Family God Time twist. It is called “Lent in a Bag,” but we will be creating our own “Lent in a Dish” projects. I thought of the dish because of the beautiful Lenten garden that my daughter created in Sunday School last year, and thought that there could be a way to use both resources to create something meaningful over the course of several weeks.
You can read more about the original “Lent in a Bag” resource here: http://www.buildfaith.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/in-a-bag-trifold-Cuthbert-4-1.pdf You can read more about the Lenten dish gardens here: http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/03/mini-resurrection-garden-easter-craft.html
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 the light of the world. Help our time to be a holy time. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: Matthew 5:14-16
Read about being the light of the world in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5:14-16&version=NRSV
We used the Spark Story Bible for our resource. It was the story called “Salt and Light.” You can purchase your own copy here: http://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/product/8122/Spark-Story-Bible-Sunday-School-Edition?c=285812
Discuss as a family:
How can we be the light of the world?
These verses are often used when they light the candle at a baptism. Why do you think we say these words at that time?
Song: This Little Light of Mine
This is the perfect song to go with these verses. You can even make up your own verses to go along with the ideas you came up with during your Bible story discussion. Enjoy!
Activity: Light in the Dark
Previously, we gathered all of the supplies we needed for the whole Lenten season Lent in a Dish. You can find the supply list here: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/preparing-for-lent-2017/
This week, we need a small candle or LED candle, depending on the age of your kids.
This week, we will do experiments with light and dark. Give each child a candle and light it. Ask them to find the darkest place in the house in and hide there with their candle. After you count to ten, call out “We are!” and they respond “The Light of the World” until you have found everyone who was hiding. You can repeat this as many times as you wish, with a different “seeker” each time.
After you are done shining light in dark places, add it to your dish. Place the dish in a place where you and your family can see it all week long, to remind you to use your God-given power to help others! You might want to light your candles during mealtimes this week to keep reminding each other to be light.
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 this time to learn about how we are the light of the world. Help us to use the light that you give us to shine in the dark places in the world. In your name we pray, Amen.