Year 1 and 2 Ppt Why is light an important symbol for Christians and

Do you like the dark????
Do you like the dark????
Do you like the dark????
Listen carefully to the
Why do we need light? What is life like
if we don’t have the light……
Can you think of
any? Lets write
them down
Take it in turns to guide a blindfolded child and see how
it makes you feel.
Without light we can feel lost….
Colour in your lighthouse picture and share you
thoughts on how you would feel if you were in a
boat searching for the lighthouse to guide you.
Talk to the person
next to you for two
minutes and then let’s
share our ideas.
Christians believe that before Jesus came into our world, people found life a struggle and they weren’t very nice to each
other. They almost lived under a ‘cloud’ of darkness. They believe that Jesus was their ‘Salvation'.
Mary was chosen to give birth to Jesus who was God’s son, so that God could live among the people and teach them
how to be kind to one another and to show them that God loved them and wanted to help them.
Jesus’s teachings helped the people so much that they look back and remember how he came like a guiding light to the
world and in his honour they call him
‘Jesus the Light of the World’.
Christians use candles and light them to show that God’s love and Jesus’s presence is all around us.
Lights have meanings in different faiths.
• Can you name any of these lights?
The Advent Candles.
Advent candles are lit on each
of the four Sundays in
December. The fifth one is lit
on Christmas day to mark
Jesus’s birth and to celebrate
‘Jesus the Light of the World’
coming to the people.
The first candle
symbolises God’s
people and
reminds us to
have ‘Hope’
In groups, have a go at making
your own Advent Wreath. Share
with the class remembering to
talk about the meaning of each
The second
candle reminds
Christians of
how the Old
prophets told of
Jesus’s coming
and so means
Each candle has a different
meaning, which originates
from the first Christmas
leading up to the birth of
The third candle is in
memory of a special
prophet called ‘John the
Baptist’ and means
The fourth candle
reminds us of
Mary, the mother
of Jesus and so it
The fifth is the most
special candle of all.
It is lit on Christmas
day and is the symbol
of Jesus’s birth,
bringing ‘Light’ to
the world.
A ‘Christingle’ means ‘Christ’s Light’ and is another symbol of
the Christian faith which uses light to represent Jesus as the
light of the world. Follow the link below to see what each
part means to Christians.
Why not have a go at
making your very own
Share your creations with
the class and think about
the special meaning it
Christingle symbolises God’s love and helps Christians
spread the word of God and give hope to others around the
Jewish people also celebrate their beliefs with
Jewish people light
Hanukkah candles
which hold 9
The film below tells us the story of Hanukkah which is celebrated by
Jewish people. Think about why the Menorah keeps burning? Is god
sending a message to the Maccabees’?
Invite some children to act out a part of the story of
Shabbat Candles.
Two special
Watch this………
One special
Then this………
The two candles count as reminders to ‘Remember’ and ‘Keep’ this
day special and to remember the importance of why.
Have we answered our big question?
Why is Light important
to Christians and Jews?
How did the
light make
you feel?
What did it
mean to
Fill in the
Chart’ and
stick it in
your book!
Have you ever made a wish on your
Think about how important the candlelight was to
you on that occasion. Share your experiences
with your class mates and teacher in a circle time
Let’s make our own candle holders, so we can express
how important the ‘light’ symbol is in our own lives.
You may wish to use yours for prayer or to make a
special wish, or to remember a special event or someone
who is precious to you. Write a few lines in your books
to explain the meaning of your candle.

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