We’re talking about being lights in the dark in this New Year! Keeping the room dark, put out a plate of chocolate cupcakes, you can barely see them! Put a glass filled with a glow-stick bouquet and ice water in the middle, and it lights up the snack… like we light up a dark world! The snack will also give you a chance to discuss the scripture


  • Extra glow sticks
  • Glass
  • Chocolate cupcakes
  • Serving plate
  • Ice
  • Water


  1. Place the cupcakes on a serving plate with a place in the center that will fit the glass and bouquet of glow sticks.

  2. Place the glow sticks in the glass after cracking them. Place the ice around them and fill in with water. (Ice makes glow sticks grow brighter!)

  3. Turn the lights out again. Place the glow-stick bouquet at one end of the table and the cupcake tray at the other. Tell the kids not to touch the food because they can’t see it well in the dark!

  4. Read by the glow sticks so that you can see by their light.


What is our snack? It’s kind of hard to see in the dark, isn’t it? There are some very nice gifts that God puts in our world. But we don’t always notice them. Birds, butterflies, rainstorms, lightning… and what happens with the weather in some places at Christmas? It snows!

When we have the love of Christ and are willing to spend our time sharing it, we are God’s light in the world! A little like this glow-stick bouquet. When we FORGIVE, SHARE, BE KIND, AND DO GOOD DEEDS, a little more of God’s love lights the world.

Put the glow-stick bouquet in the middle of the plate. If you need further brightness, have the students use their own glow sticks to lay alongside of the plate.

God doesn’t need us people to help him get things done. But he wants us. Somehow, he is not going to make this world a better place unless we kick in.

Let’s promise this year to be God’s light to shed on darkness, so we can make the world a better place with him!

Serve your cupcakes.


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