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The parable of a lamp on a stand

Kids at home 28th February

Sometimes Jesus told stories when He wanted people to really understand important lessons. If the lessons were hard then Jesus sometimes told simple stories to help people understand the things that were hard to understand. These stories were called parables.

Over the next few weeks we are going to be learning some of the parables that Jesus told and looking at what Jesus is teaching us in each one!

Today we are learning about the parable of a lamp on a stand!

Let’s start with some worship! Feel free to sing and dance or just watch and listen, Jesus doesn’t mind HOW we worship, he just loves it when we spend time with him and sing his praises!

One Thing Remains – Bethel Kids

Our God is a Great Big God – Vineyard Kids

You are Good – Bethel Kids

Alive – Hillsong Young & Free

Story time

The parable of a lamp on a stand

He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mark 4:21-23 NIV

Note to families:

Page 272 (Running away) if you have the Jesus Storybook Bible at home

Some important points to remember…

  • We put lamps on tables and stands so that we get to see the light from the lamp! If we turned a lamp on and then put the lamp under a bed, we wouldn’t be able to see the light! The room would still be dark wouldn’t it? If we want to see the light of a lamp, we put it in a place where we can see it!
  • Jesus says a lamp should be put on a lamp stand, or a table so that it lights up the room. By telling this story He is helping us to think about God and His word. When we hear God’s word and we are reminded of His wonderful promises, it brings light to the darkness and brings light into our hearts!
  • Jesus is telling us that we should not hide the light of His Word and goodness somewhere that others can’t see it (like a lamp hidden under a bed or a bowl) Instead, we should let that light shine for everyone to see! 
  • God wants us to receive His Word in our hearts, but He also wants us to share His Word, to shine His light for everyone to see! He doesn’t want us to keep it hidden! When we share His Word, it’s like we are putting ourselves on a lamp stand so that the whole world can see the light of God by hearing His amazing word.
  • Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” When we follow Jesus and we shine His light, we are chasing away the darkness and the sadness in the world and instead we are bringing God to everyone around us!
  • We can shine His light telling people what we know about God, what His promises are and what the bible says about Him. We can also shine His light by being kind to others, and being joyful and hopeful because we have Jesus as our best friend and we know we can trust in Him.

Some things to talk to your family about…

  • What is a lamp used for? How does it help us?
  • Where do we usually put lamps?
  • What do you think would happen if we turned on a lamp and then put it under a bed or put a basket or a bowl on top of it? What do you think would happen to the light?
  • Why do you think Jesus told us this story? What do you think He wants us to do?
  • Can you think of some ways that you could show others the light and goodness of Jesus? 

Memory Verse

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:15-17

Another way that we can share God’s word with others and let His light shine, is by sharing a verse from the bible that we have learnt over the last few weeks with someone. Why don’t you think of a memory verse that you have learnt recently, perhaps you could pick your favourite one and go and share that verse with someone? You could even write it in a card or a letter and post it to someone!

Prayer time

Dear Jesus,

Thank you that you are the light of the world and that we don’t have to walk in darkness because we have your wonderful light to guide us!

Please would you help us to shine the light that you have given us on others this week so that everyone can see how wonderful you are and how amazing your word is and your promises are!


Craft time

Let your light shine jars!

Why don’t you have a go at creating a ‘let your light shine’ jar to remind you that Jesus is the light of the world and to keep shining His light wherever you go and to whoever you speak to! You can use glow in the dark paint if you have it and watch your jar light up the darkness or you can use normal paint and put a tea light inside your jar to light up a room! 

Materials needed:

  • Clean glass jars (with the labels removed)
  • Glow in the dark paint (or just normal paint!)
  • Paint brush
  • String/ribbon
  • Glue
  • Colouring pencils/pens
  • Glitter
  • Paper/card (to make a label if you’d like!)
  • Scissors


  • Find an empty jar and remove the label
  • Using a long paint brush, dab spots of paint on the jar. If your jar is small or has a large opening, it works well to dab paint spots onto the inside of the jar
  • You can also paint the lid or decorate it with glitter if you have it
  • While the jars are drying, you could make a label with our memory verse on using paper/card
  • When the jars are dry, tie the labels onto the jars with the ribbon or string!
  • Remember to display your jar somewhere that you can and others can see it so that the light shines out!

Note to families:

The Bible App for kids is another good resource to use at home with your children if you’d like. You’ll find animated bible stories, as well as different activities related to each story that the children may be able to complete or themselves or that you can complete all together as a family.