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Bright Lights / Light Shop Report

I was working in my little cubicle the other day when I heard a very loud racket. I walked out and found my dad and Stephen in full combat…
They told me they were “testing” the armor they were going to use for an activity at Light Shop.

(For those who don’t know, “Light Shop” is Stephen’s boys discipleship group that meets every time Bright Lights meets. It stands for Leaders In Godliness, Holiness and Testimony.)

Dad and Stephen prepared 24 helmets, swords, and shields.

There were 12 guys in brown and 12 guys in red. The objective was to knock the newspaper breastplate off your opponent. As you can see, the activity was a big success.

Stephen (along with David Jones who helps him teach) taught the young men about Ephesians 6 and how we are in a spiritual battle and need to know our weapons.

In Bright Lights we try to be a little more feminine. 🙂 We’ve been going through a series of lessons on being “daughters of the king” covering topics such as femininity, modesty, inner beauty, joyfulness, etiquette, etc. As daughters of the King, we need to remember Who we belong to and Who we respresent! At one of our recent meetings we gave each small group 15 minutes to create a complete outfit with brown paper and tape. Everyone had a good time, and some of the outfits the girls came up with were pretty impressive!

The theme of the lesson last week was on “pouring yourself out” and learning to die daily for Jesus. (I Cor 15:31) Sarah told some amazing stories of great missionaries and martyrs who went through tremendous sacrifice to proclaim the gospel. Then she emphasized how God values not only the big sacrifices, but also the daily little sacrifices we make in serving our families and those around us. He sees and weighs the heart. It’s not necessarily the intensity of the suffering He rewards (we can’t choose our circumstances) but the response of our heart to whatever He allows. May we, like Paul and Silas in prison, sing praises in the midst of difficulty.


  1. I didn’t know there was a discipleship group for boys. When did ‘Light Shop’ start?

  2. Wow! I love it! I only wish my family lived close by…my brothers would’ve loved the Light Shop activity. 🙂 Both activities were very creative and are important reminders spiritually…I’m sure those lessons will stick in their minds for a long time!

  3. I love the ending of that! We have to sing in the midst of difficulty. I haven’t been to Bright Lights since March (I now live on the other side of the country!) but it’s awesome to be able to keep up with you guys through this blog!

  4. Christy:
    Stephen has been leading the Light Shop group for 8 years. We are getting close to being done with the first set of “Light Shop material” so others can use it to start groups as well. 🙂

  5. Hello Grace!
    I have three younger brothers and I was looking at your blog and they were very excited and interested in the armor activity photos! 🙂 They would also enjoy seeing the Light Shop materials.

    I have been enjoying the Bright Lights “Let your Life be a Light” CD so very much! The songs are beautiful and I am looking forward to the songbook! Blessings!

    May the Lord bless you abundantly as you serve Him diligently!
    Joyfully in Jesus,

  6. Dear Grace,

    How nice it must be for the boys to have their own group. I am sure they have a lot fun.

    I only wish that I lived near you, so that I could attend a Bright Lights meeting, however; I live on the Western Coast. The closest Bright Lights group is still three hours away. 🙂

    May the Lord continue to abundently bless you and your family.
    In Christ,

  7. These pictures are great!! My daughter Savannah, wants to make a brown paper dress now too. =) Praying for the Mally Family today! *Hugs*

  8. Hello Grace,

    Athough I watched the “2009 Review” video when you posted it, I just watched it again and was blessed all over again! Thank you for the encouragment!

    Could you tell me a little about “Vimeo”? I seems like a nice video/slideshow program to work with and I would like to know more. Do you buy it or it is a free download?

    If it’s easier, feel free to e-mail me. Thanks! God bless you and your family…


  9. I love the brown paper dress idea too! What a fun idea. I’ve done toilet paper dresses & newspaper dresses but never considered doing an activity like that at Bright Lights. Thanks for the inspiration! We have a new girl in our group whose mom used to lead a Bright Lights group in Kansas City. She told me that she was going to sit in on our next meeting (on courtship) to see if I present it like the Mally girls… I’ve got a high standard to fulfill there. 😉

    Be Blessed!

  10. Thanks, Grace. What is the age limit for Light Shop? I have a younger brother whom I think may like to join a group.

  11. Those paper dresses are a great idea thank you for sharing those pictures and the lesson Sarah shared with it.

  12. Hello Grace!
    I was wondering when the schedule of Bright Lights and Radiant Purity conferences will be on the website? I am excited to see the schedule!

    Joyfully in Jesus,

  13. Christy,
    Light shop is for young men ages 10-13, although many of the guys keep coming after they turn 13. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  14. I was wondering if you knew of any Light Shop groups near Medina or Akron, Ohio. My daughter attends Danielle Sobie’s Bright Lights group in Wadsworth. We LOVE Dani. I am praying God provides something equally as wonderful for my son when the time is right.

  15. I am training to be a Bright Lights leader and my husband is very interested in more information on the Light Shop group for boys. Can you send me more information on it? Thank you!

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