Bright Lights Training Session
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This is the "script" for the Bright Lights training session, which will
be a part of the Prep session this Friday. The main points of the
training are to teach the children:
Thank them for being willing to help
What it means to help someone
Why we help people
Why seniors need our help
What seniors are like
What we are going to do
The Bright Lights Theme Song
This is just a guide -- not something that should be read to the children
-- if you are doing the training at home. Use it for reference, to
make sure you make all the major points. The younger children may
not understand some of this. Use your own judgement as to which sub-points
you make with them.
I will be using three terms with the children that they need to be taught:
We will be breaking into groups by ability/age for most of the training
and the crafts. The singing will be practiced separately, then together.
younglings: children just learning to read and younger
readers: children who can read well enough to follow the words of the songs
seniors: the "old people" or elderly; the children will be encouraged to
call them seniors
Opening Prayer: Before we start, we are going to pray, to ask
God to help us.
Dear God, thank-you for being our heavenly Father and for loving us
so much. Help us today as we learn about helping others and as we
prepare to help the people in the nursing home by going to visit them.
Be with us and guide us and show us how to brighten the lives of these
people who need our help. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.
1. Thank them for being willing to help
First of all, I want to thank you all for being here. It is a very
good thing to help other people. God tells us to help people who
need it and the people in the nursing home really need our help.
Helping people is a very important thing to do. You are special because
you are willing to help other people. I'm very happy that you are
here and I'm proud of every one of you. Your parents are proud of
you too. And so is God. He is so very glad that you are here
today and that you are going to help the people in the nursing home.
2. What it means to help someone
What do you do when someone cries "Help, Help?"?
That's right, we help them. But people don't always say "help,
help" when they need help. Sometimes it isn't an emergency, like
drowning or being hurt. Sometimes you help people because you see
that they need it.
What are some ways you help others every day?
Use whatever answers the children give to guide them through different
types of helping:
We help people who can't do something for themselves.
We help people who don't know how to do something.
We help people when they are sad.
We help people when we think they need help.
We help people to show them that we love them.
We help people when our mommies and daddies ask us to help them.
3. Why we help people
What are the reasons that we help people?
Use whatever answers are given to guide them through different reasons:
What happens when we help people?
We help people because they ask for our help.
We help people because they can't do something for themselves.
We help people because we see that they need our help.
We help people because our parents ask us to help them.
We help people because God asks us to help them.
It gives the person we help something they need.
It makes the person we help happy.
It makes Jesus happy.
It makes our parents happy.
It makes us happy because we are doing a good thing.
4. Why seniors need our help
People in nursing homes need our help. They are very old, but we
don't call them old people. We call them seniors because that is
nicer. Most of them can't walk around any longer and can't hear very
well. They are stuck in the nursing home. They don't have fun
things to do or important things to do and not many people come to see
them. They just sit around all day. They especially don't get
to see children, even though they love children. So we are going
to go to see them, sing songs for them and give them gifts that we make
for them to brighten their day. That's why the program is called
Bright Lights. You are going to be God's bright lights for them so
their lives won't be so dark and gloomy.
And what will this do?
Make them happy.
Brighten their lives.
Teach us about helping others.
5. What seniors are like
How many of you know people who are very old?
There is one woman at the nursing home who is 103 years old. Some
of these people are old enough to be your grandparents grandparents!
That's really old.
How are people who are very old different from people like your parents
or even your grandparents?
There is another kind of person that are weak, cries alot, can't walk,
can't talk and can't feed themselves.
Can't hear very well
Can't see very well.
Can't walk very well.
Have aches and pains all the time.
Forget things easily.
Have lots of wrinkles.
Have grey hair or no hair at all.
Sometimes do silly things are things that we don't understand.
Sometimes can't talk very well or at all.
Sometimes can't do things for themselves.
Sometimes other people have to feed them.
What kind of person is that?
That's right: babies. Some of these people we are going to help
are just like babies. And just like with a baby, you need to be gentle
What do babies like you to do for them?
It is important to remember that some of these people, just like babies,
don't know what they are doing. So, just like with a baby, we have
to be patient with them. If one of them scares you, please try to
remember that they really didn't mean to scare you. If one of you
gets scared, let someone know right away and your parent or friend will
be there with you, so you don't feel afraid.
Talk to them, even if they don't understand
Be nice to them
Do silly things to make them laugh
Sing to them
Give them things that are safe for them, but that they like
This is very important: what do you do if you feel afraid?
That's right, you let someone know who can help you not be afraid.
It is okay to be afraid; sometimes it takes time to get used to seniors,
just like it takes time to get used to babies. There will always
be someone nearby who can help you not be afraid anymore. Sometimes
a parent may not be close by, so I want to ask the older kids to keep an
eye on the younger kids, to help them if they feel afraid.
There is also someone there who you can't see, who can help you.
Someone who is always there.
Who is that?
That's right God and Jesus. And if you feel afraid, you can always
say, God, help me not to be afraid and God will help you. But sometimes
we need someone to hold us when we feel afraid, so it is okay to ask for
6. What we are going to do
Today, we are going to learn some songs and make things to give to the
people at Palo Alto Nursing Center. When you go home, your parents
will help you to practice the songs you learn. Then, in two weeks,
we'll all meet at the nursing home and sings songs for them, give them
the things we made for them and talk to the seniors and try to make them
laugh. Don't worry if you make a mistake; they won't care and we
won't care. The reason we are going it to help these people feel
better just by being there. Remember, they are just like babies;
sometimes they laugh or shout and we don't know why. If they laugh
when you make a mistake, don't be sad; they aren't laughing at you.
You're just making them happy, that's all.
7. The Bright Lights Theme Song
When you watch TV, at the start of a program, there is a theme song, right?
Well, Bright Lights has a theme song too. Just like a TV theme song,
our theme song says something about what we're doing, so I want to make
sure you understand it before you learn the music. Here are the words:
We're God's Bright Lights,
bringing light to you
by the things that we say and do
because God up in Heav'n above
has so blessed us with His Love.
We're God's Bright Lights,
We are all God's children, not just young people like you, but even
the people in the nursing home. But sometimes we can do something
special: be like a light.
What does a light do?
bringing light to you by the things that we say and do
It helps us to see.
Drives the dark away.
Keeps us from stumbling over things in the dark.
Like the sunshine, it can make things grow.
It can make us happy and feel all warm inside.
By going to visit these people, we are brightening their lives.
We will be lights for them. By singing to them and giving them things
we made just for them, we will make them happy.
because God up in Heav'n above has so blessed us with His Love.
We want to help people because it is a good thing to do, but we also
want to help people because it makes God happy and because God has given
us so many good things and because He loves us so very much.