Sunday school lesson - NT - Life of Jesus: 'His baptism'


Download the PFD booklet with nine Sunday school ideas on the Bible story of the baptism of Jesus

This lesson will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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Here are the following ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:

*  May I take off your shoes?    - a children's moment
*  Twice the truth and once a lie     - an icebreaker
*  Stepping into the Bible story in six colours    - a storytelling tip
*  First love   - YouTube video and discussion
*  How to pierce a potato with a straw   - a fun science experiment
*  Who is the Messiah?  - a creative activity
*  The game of truth   - a Bible game
*  Not good enough…  - a Bible game
*  A message from God the Father  - a creative prayer idea

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Prayer idea: Baptism of Jesus - A message from God the Father


A beautiful prayer idea to help children hearing the loving message of God the Father that they are precious and beloved.

 

How to pierce a potato with a straw creative kidswork experiment

What do you need:

A number of mirrors which you can write on:

- a large round mirror with the words: "I am a beloved child of the Father. My Father is very happy with me."
- a small square mirror with the words: You are ugly
- a small square mirror with the words: You can't do anything...
- a small square mirror with the words: What are you worth?
- a small square mirror with the words: Nobody loves you anyway
- a small square mirror with the words: Nobody wants to be your friend.
- a small square mirror with the words: You look awful
- a small square mirror with the words: You are a failure
- a small square mirror with the words: You get everything wrong
- hearts cut out of paper
-pens

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Game: Baptism of Jesus - Not good enough...


A fun Bible game on John the Baptist for your Sunday school lesson or children's ministry

Today we are all going to play short games that require different talents. John the Baptist doesn't have to be the best. Wanting to be the best is fun, and normal, but Johannes chooses another option. Jesus is allowed to be the best! 

 

How to pierce a potato with a straw creative kidswork experiment

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Game: Baptism of Jesus - The game of truth


A fun Bible game on John the Baptist for your Sunday school lesson or children's ministry

John chose to continue telling the truth above all else. Even if this truth went against King Herod, even if Herod would throw him in jail.

At the same time, a completely different truth sounded from heaven: "This is my beloved son!"

Today we are going to throw balls of truth, but who will end up in prison?

How to pierce a potato with a straw creative kidswork experiment

What do you need:

- 20 cans
- 2 soft balls

What do you do:

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Object lesson: Baptism of Jesus - Who is the Messiah?


This idea will help you explain the meaning of the Messiah to the children in your Sunday school lesson or children's ministry

Many people thought that John might be the Messiah. But John said, "It's not me!" But then who was the Messiah? And what is a Messiah?

How to pierce a potato with a straw creative kidswork experiment

What do you need:

- printed cards of these eight objects. You can download the pictures and the idea below

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Experiment: Baptism of Jesus - How to pierce a potato with a straw


A fun way to tell the story of John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus

In this Bible story, everything is pierced. Jesus pierces the water. God's Spirit pierces heaven and lands on Jesus like a dove. God's voice pierces the air and becomes audible to everyone.

In this experiment we are also going to try to pierce something, namely a potato with a straw. That seems impossible, just as no one could have expected God's Spirit to come like a dove,  and God’s voice to be heard.

How to pierce a potato with a straw creative kidswork experiment

What do you need:

-  thick A 4 paper 120 / 160 grams in the following colours: brown, blue, white, gold, black and red.
-  a pair of scissors

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YouTube video - Baptism of Jesus: 'First love'


Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion with the children about the Bible story of the baptism of JesusGo on guess who it is Bible game meaning Easter Jesus suffering Sunday school Bible lesson youth work childrens church

Samantha, the white chick, falls in love with Jay, one of the Angry Birds blue chicks. Jay tries to avoid her in all kinds of ways, but Samantha keeps persevering and looking for him, until she finds a caterpillar and forgets Jay. And in the end Jay is quite sorry that she’s no longer infatuated with him.

How does this film apply to today's Bible story?

In today's Bible story we hear God's voice speaking to His Son full of love. It is a love that seeks and always perseveres. Using this video you can compare Samantha's 'love' for Jay, God's love for Jesus and God's love for us.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?
If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps:

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Object lesson: Baptism of Jesus - Stepping into the story in six colours


A fun way to tell the story of John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus

How to tell the Bible story of the Baptism of Jesus?

In the video below we will show you how to step through a postcard. This experiment is a great way to tell the story of the baptism of Jesus.

 

What do you need:

-  thick A 4 paper 120 / 160 grams in the following colours: brown, blue, white, gold, black and red.
-  a pair of scissors

 

How to tell the Bible story of the Baptism of Jesus

What do you do:

You can divide this Biblle story into six parts. Each part has a different colour. There is an activity for each part:

Brown:                 
I can't stand in his shoes.

Blue:                     
Jesus steps into the water and is baptized.

White:                 
The Spirit comes from heaven like a dove.

Gold:                    
God's voice comes from heaven.

Black:                   
John has to go to prison.

Red:                      
Jesus begins his work.

As you tell each part of the story you step through the coloured piece of card, or you could invite a child to come forward each time and step through the card.

Below is a short summary of each part, but of course you can add more detail as you tell it yourself.


Part 1 - Brown

Tell:                      
"Are you the Messiah?", the people asked John. "No, I'm not even worthy to…..’

Do:                        
Take the brown sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through it.

Tell:                      
"not even worthy to untie the straps of his sandals."

Part 2 - Blue

Tell:
"When Jesus was baptized..."

Do:
Take the blue sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through the blue paper.

Tell:
"He stepped into the water and went under."

Part 3 - White

Tell:
"From heaven the Holy Spirit came to Jesus..."

Do:
Take the white sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through the white paper.

Tell:
"...in the shape of a dove."

Part 4 - Gold

Tell:
"And God's voice sounded from heaven..."

Do:
Take the golden sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through the golden paper.

Tell:
"...You alone are my Son. My love for you is great."

Part 5 - Black

Tell: 
"John kept telling King Herod that he did the wrong thing...."

Do:
Take the black sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through the black paper.

Tell:
"...That's why the king had him locked up in prison."

Part 6 - Red

Tell:
"Jesus started his work when he was about thirty years old...

Do:
Take the red sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through the red paper.

Tell:
"...and the Spirit brought him to the desert, but we will hear about it next week.

 

Icebreaker : Baptism of Jesus - Twice the truth and once a lie


An icebreaker that will get the children thinking about what is true and what is not.


What do you need:

-pen and paper for each child

 

John the Baptist Icebreaker


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Object lesson: Baptism of Jesus - May I take off your shoes?


A short but fun introduction to the Bible story of Jesus’ baptism, introducing the children to John the Baptist.


What do you need:

- foot cream
- roast grasshoppers or other edible insects

Children's moment about John the Baptist


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Object lesson - Easter: From 'Startling' to 'I'


Probably one of the best object lessons to help you tell the Easter Resurrection story.

What common English word is nine letters long, and each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains an English word? From nine letters all the way down to a single letter?  It's the word 'startling'. 

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You can tell the Easter Resurrection Bbile Story in your church, school assembly or children's ministry in such an easy and attractive way using only the letters in the word 'startling'.

STARTLING One of the best Easter Resurrection object lessons for church kidmin and Sunday schools

Easter Sunday Morning Object lesson:

Just imagine, it's Easter Sunday morning. You ask nine children to come on stage with you. You give each of the children a large cardboard letter or large cards with letters on. The children can hold the letters above their heads or in front of their faces. Together they spell the word 'Startling'.

Each time you tell a part of the story, you take a letter away. You go from the word STARTLING to STARTING to STARING to STRING to STING to SING to SIN to IN and you end with the letter I.

As you do this, you tell the following Easter Resurrection story about Mary going to the grave, finding it empty, thinking that the body has been stolen and meeting Jesus, her risen Lord.

The story with this object lesson:

STARTLING:

Mary makes a startling discovery: the grave is empty.

STARTING:

She is starting to wonder: "What has happened here?

STARING:

And now Mary is staring at the stone that has been rolled away.

STRING:

All the clothers are neatly folded up. Not a loose string in sight.

STING:

Mary is feeling the sting: "Has someone stolen the body?"

SING:

But then she meets the risen Lord and she wants to sing, because she discovers 'Jesus is alive'.

SIN:

Now she knows what happened on the cross: Jesus has broken the power of death and sin

IN:

And thorugh His resurrection everyone who believes in Him can be part of God's family.

I:

What do I do? Everybody needs to know! So Mary goes on her way to tell the disciples. 

(This is just a short summary. You can make it as elaborate as you want.)

What do you need:

- Download: 'The Resurrection story using nine letters'
- Download: 'Nine Letters for the word STARTLING'

 

 

Prayer idea - Easter: 'Paper Chain - Celebrate that Jesus is alive!'


A celebrating creative prayer idea on the resurrection of Jesus

You can use this easy to do Easter creative prayer idea to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with the kids in your Sunday school class, kidmin or children's ministry.

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What do you need:

- strips of colored paper
- pens
- Adhesive tape or staplers

What do you do:

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