Before hand you will need to collect a bunch of rocks (all sizes and shapes, but best if the rocks will fit into girls’ purses & guys pockets). If you really want effect, get pretty big rocks that are kind of heavy.
The week before, give each person a rock (I had each one write their name with permanent marker on the rock). Ask them to carry the rock around for a week; to school, at home, etc. The next week, take them to a river, lake, pond, etc. and talk to them about how we have to let things go. In the past they may have had people or situations that have hurt them or angered them. The weight of these things become heavy (like the rock) and they have to let it go but they can’t pick it back up again. When they feel they are ready to “let go” have them throw their rock into the lake (as far as they can from shore).
– 1 glow slow stick per person (purchased at Walmart, etc.) NOT POPPED (not glowing)
– 1 large nametag sticker per person
Beforehand, on each nametag, write “Jesus’s Love” or “Love of God” (something to that effect). Give each kid a glow stick that hasn’t been popped. If you like you can demonstrate beforehand how to make them glow.
Turn off all the lights in the room (it’s best to do this in total darkness). With the lights off, give each kid one of the name tags & have them put it on his shirt. Talk to them about how sin has caused the world to become dark. Then talk about how we have to “let our light shine before men…” and, one by one, have them pop their glow sticks (make them glow). When they do this, you should be able to read the name tag. This shows how we must let OUR light shine in order for others to see the love of Christ.