Light in our Neighbourhood

“The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
a light will shine.”

Isaiah 9:2


This week in Kidventure we talked about Advent and getting ready to celebrate Christmas. Our whole morning was themed around candles – our crafts, our CBG, our talk…

Do you remember why we were talking about candles so much? Every Sunday of Advent we light a new candle to remember that Christmas is coming. It reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world and he brought his light to chase out the darkness.

We also talked about Jesus moving into our neighbourhood. God sent Jesus to live with us and to know us. We talked about one of Jesus’ names and that it means “God with us.” Wanting us to know him and be close to him must have been very important to God for him to name his own son “God with us.” Do you remember what that name is? (Immanuel)

What kinds of things do you thing Jesus did while he was here on earth. Did he eat and sleep? Did he run and jump and play? Did he shovel snow (probably not… there’s very rarely snow where Jesus lived!) He moved into our neighbourhood and lived a life just like us. God wanted to show us that we matter so much to him that he would send his own son, who was King of Heaven, to live among us and know us and teach us about God and his love for us. Isn’t that amazing? We matter that much to God. You matter that much to God!

Knowing that Jesus came to be a light in our world and that he brings light into our hearts, what are some things that we can do to share his light with other people? Write a note or a card to someone? Show kindness at school? Be a good encourager? What are some other ideas you can think of? Remember how lighting the candles and sharing the flame made the whole Kidventure room brighter? Imagine that when you live like Jesus and love like Jesus, the whole earth starts to glow with his light. Pretty amazing, huh?

Watch and listen to this song again. It’s a great song for Advent because it reminds us that God is everywhere with us and will never leave. And that’s the whole reason Jesus came, to tell us that God is with us!