The transfiguration is an amazing story of Jesus being transformed into blazing light, radiating God’s glory and giving the disciples with him a glimpse of who he really is. This activity helps children to connect with the shine of the story and to think about how they might come closer to Jesus and be reflections of his light too.
You will need: A set of glitter eye shadows (check any allergies children might have!), pieces of paper with challenges written on (see below)
Speak to the children about the story of Jesus going up the mountain and being transfigured into blazing light.
- how would you have felt if you had seen it?
- What would you have done?
- What do you think it meant?
- What does ‘glory’ mean?
Light is often associated with Jesus. He calls himself the light of the world and says that we can be too. How can we come closer to Jesus and reflect his light to other people? How can we shine too so that people know we are his followers?
Get children to suggest ways they can come closer to Jesus or do things that he told us to do. Write some ideas down beforehand and then get children to suggest even more and write them on pieces of paper.
- pray for ourselves and others
- Read Bible stories
- Say thank you to God for what we have
- speak to people who are lonely
- help those in need
Ask each child to choose a piece of paper as a challenge to hep them get closer to Jesus and shine some of his light during the week. Next, get them to put some of the eyshadow on their finger and to spread it over their hand or arm. The glitter will shine as a reminder to them!