The Anglican Parish of Johnsonville

St Johns, Johnsonville and Holy Trinity, Ohariu

Family learning activity: Light in our lives (24 February 2013)

Scripture: Luke 9:28-36

African painting of Jesus with Moses and Elijah and disciples kneeling downOne day Jesus asked Peter, James and John to come and pray with him. He led them to the top of a steep mountain, where it was peaceful and quiet, and they could be alone.

Jesus started to pray to his heavenly father when suddenly he appeared to change! His face and clothes shone with a brilliant light, as dazzling as the rays of the sun. Then the disciples saw Moses and Elijah on either side of Jesus talking to him. Peter jumped up with excitement and said, “Lord, this is wonderful! I could make three shelters, one for each of you!”

At that moment, a cloud streaming with light appeared above them, and a voice said, “This is my son, whom I love very much. Listen to what he says.” The disciples were so terrified that they threw themselves to the ground and hid their faces. Then Jesus said gently, “Get up my friends; do not be afraid.” When they looked up, Jesus was standing alone.

From Katie Thompson, The Complete Children’s’ Liturgy Book, New London CT

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Your ideas?

That day on the mountain, Peter, James and John saw Jesus transfigured.  This means his appearance changed as his face and clothes shone like the sun.

What is it like when the sun shines in your eyes?  What can you see?

What would it be like if there was no light in the world?

How easy is it to get around a dark room with the lights off? How do you feel?

How much easier is it when the lights are on? What does it feel like?

What do you think we mean when we say that Jesus is a light to our lives?

What did Jesus say after he told his disciples to get up?  Have a look at what God said to Abram in Genesis 13:1 also.

You can download the family activity worksheet, which includes a word scramble to find a message from the Psalms about God’s light in our lives:

Family Learning Activity February 24 2013 (pdf)

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