50 Philippians

To encourage the children to shine instead of being grumpy.

Ice Breaker
Play a game of snap in this way.
Turn cards over and the person who says snap if the card matches get the cards.
After a bit, be a bit sneaky and peek as the card is being turned over so you win a few.
See how the children respond. Ask if they think I’m being a bit mean and ask how it feels.
Then let them play properly until the game ends (lose if you can).

Bible Card

    • Author: Paul
    • Type: Letter
    • Written: AD 49-51
    • No. Chapters: 4
    • N.T. Book No.: 11


Read Phillippians 2v14,15 : Do everything without complaining or arguing.  Then you will be innocent and without anything wrong in you.  You will be God’s children without fault.  But you are living with crooked and mean people all around you.  Among them you shine like stars in a dark world.

There are lots of mean people around us.  Are we meant to be like them?

No, we are to be like stars shining in a dark world.

What do you feel like when someone is mean to you?
How did you feel when I was being mean in the game?

a) Try not to complain or argue so you can be blameless

b) So you can shine like stars  in a dark world.

Do you ever look up at night into the sky on a clear night?  What do you see?  Stars.

I notice no-one said darkness.  You don’t see the darkness, but you see the stars.


Make a ‘Grumpy Box’.

For this, you need a shoe box, a cheap torch, grumpy notes (click here) and a piece of black card.

Pierce holes in the card.

In one end of the box, make a hole for the torch.

In the other end, cut out a ssecion and stick in the card.

When you light the torch, you should see light like stars which you can shine on the wall. Take care of the children getty giddy if the lights get turned out!

Now get the children to:
a) Write ‘Grumpy Box’ on the box lid.
b) Write out Philippians 2v14,15 on the box and if you like use these cutouts.

c) Write things that they are grumpy about on the notes.

d) Put the notes into the box and leave them there
e) Shine your light so you can shine like stars instead of being grumpy.