The children will learn that:-
Bible Story Reference: Mark 1:9-11, Matthew 3:13-17, Luke 3:21-22
Luke 3:21 (NIV)
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened.
Hello, children of God! Do you see what I have here? What is this? (Hold up a glass or bottle of water.) That’s right, this is water! Now, what does water do? What can we do with water? (Encourage the children to come up with a variety of water uses, such as drinking, swimming, cooking, and bathing.)
So, water is powerful and important stuff. And did you know that your body is made up largely of water? That’s why it is essential that you drink it and stay hydrated. But water also makes me think of baptism. Do you know what baptism is?
Baptism helps us remember that God has saved us and washed our sins away! Some people do baptism in different ways… some sprinkle water onto people (feel free to demonstrate with a small toy and your water); some people dip into the water; some baptize people when they are babies; some when they are older…there are a lot of ways to do it. But it is a wonderful and important thing to be baptized because it shows us that we are new in Christ!
Baptism of Jesus
What You Need
Paper (light blue, dark blue, light brown and white)
On the light blue paper, write “John Baptizes Jesus” and “Matthew 3” at the top of the paper.
Fold one piece of light brown paper lengthwise, not quite in half and then unfold.
Turn the light blue paper over to the back.
Tape the larger folded side to the back of the light blue paper.
Fold the remaining side up and tape the two sides. This is the pocket where John, Jesus, the speech bubble, and the dove are stored when being used.
Cut three inches off of the dark blue paper.
Glue larger dark blue paper to the bottom of the light blue paper. This is water.
Tear the top edge of the smaller dark blue paper.
Glue ONLY the bottom and sides of the smaller blue paper and attach to the bottom edge of large dark blue paper to form a ‘water pocket.’
On the light brown paper, draw John in his camel’s hair clothing and leather belt and Jesus.
Colour and cut out John and Jesus.
On a white piece of paper write “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” in the middle.
Cut out a speech bubble that points upwards.
Draw and cut out a dove.
DO NOT glue John, Jesus, the dove, and the speech bubble. They are removable.
Place John and Jesus standing inside the blue water pocket; John baptizes Jesus by placing him totally under the water; John helps Jesus stand, the dove rests on Jesus, the speech bubble is placed pointing towards the sky.