Sitting in church, listening to a sermon on 2 Corinthians 2, I was struck with an idea to try with the children about spreading the sweet smell of Christ.
We've been talking to the children about how they can have an impact on the people they meet and this is quite a multisensory way to make the point!
Our offering to God is this: We are the sweet smell of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost.
Light a scented candle and talk about the fact that, in a short time, the scent will fill the whole room. We use this to make our rooms smell nice but we can use the same principle to make the world a sweeter place to be. We can be like Jesus to the people we meet and we can spread the good things, the sweetness, about his message of love and forgiveness so it fills the places we live and go to school.
Pass round a small tub of vinegar and get the children to smell it. Think of all the sour, hurtful, hard things that happen in the world. Ask God to help people who are in those situations and put the lid on the tub.
Pass round a tub of something sweet smelling (such as shampoo!) Now we smell this sweet smell it helps to cancel out the sourness we have just smelled. Think of how we could go out and do something practical to show the sweetness of God's love to people. Ask God to help us do these things.
Take away a strip of paper with part of the verse above on it that has been sprayed with perfume as a reminder to spread Christ's sweetness during the week!