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Bible story: Peter´s denial of Jesus

Creative activities based on the Bible story of Peter´s denial of Jesus


The story of Peter's denial of Jesus found in all four gospels (Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:54-62, John 18:15-18, 25-27), is one of the most well-known events in the New Testament. After Jesus is arrested, he is taken to the high priest's house for trial. Peter follows Jesus at a distance, hoping to see what happens. While Jesus is being questioned, a servant girl recognizes Peter and asks if he is one of Jesus' disciples. Peter denies it, saying, "I don't know what you're talking about."

A little while later, another person recognizes Peter and asks the same question. Again, Peter denies it, this time adding an oath: "I swear I don't know the man." Finally, a third person recognizes Peter and says, "Surely you are one of them, your accent gives you away." Peter responds by cursing and denying Jesus once again. Immediately, a rooster crows, and Peter remembers Jesus' words that he would deny him three times before the rooster crowed. Peter weeps bitterly, realizing the depth of his betrayal.

We have compiled a range of creative ideas and activities below that relate to this Bible story. These resources are designed to help you share this important message in an engaging and interactive way, whether you are a children's ministry leader, a Sunday school teacher, or a religious educator in a Christian primary school.

Our activities below are suitable for use in various settings such as church children's programs, children's ministry, catechism classes, children's services, Bible clubs, vacation Bible school, and Sunday school, and will help students understand the relevance of the Bible to their lives, and the importance of applying its teachings in practical ways.