The children will learn that:-

  • Jesus’ baptism marked the beginning of his ministry.
  • Our baptism marks the beginning of our new life in Jesus.

Bible Story Reference: Mark 1:9-11, Matthew 3:13-17, Luke 3:21-22

Memory Verse: 

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!

Bible Story

  • January is an exciting time. It is the beginning of a brand-new year. Some people like to make New Year’s resolutions or promise to
    themselves about what they plan to accomplish in the new year. The number one resolution that people make is, “I am going to lose
    weight.” I don’t think too many people succeed, since it seems to be the number one resolution year after year. I know that it usually
    makes my top ten list of things I would like to accomplish in the new year.
  • Even if you don’t make any New Year’s resolutions, this is an exciting time. It is a time that we can forget our past mistakes and look forward to new opportunities that lie ahead of us. It is a time of new beginnings.
  • Jesus experienced times of new beginnings in his life too. One of those times was when he was baptized. There were a couple of very
    important things that happened when Jesus was baptized. First of all, the Bible tells us that the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove and landed upon him. The second thing was that God spoke and said, “You are my Son. I love you and I am well-pleased with you.”
  • This event marked the beginning of Jesus’ ministry here on earth. Up until that time, he had not performed any miracles, but with God’s stamp of approval and with the spirit of God upon him, Jesus began to perform great miracles. From this new beginning, many people began to understand that Jesus was truly the Son of God and they began to follow him.
  • Our baptism represents a new beginning for us as well. When we are baptized, it shows the world that just as Jesus rose from the dead through the glory of God the Father, we also live a new life in him. (Romans 6:4) God may not always be well-pleased with us, but I think that He looks down with an approving smile when he sees us trying to walk with Jesus.
  • New beginnings — God gives us opportunities for new beginnings. Let us make the most of them as we live a new life in Christ through the power of his Holy Spirit.


  1. What were the main points from our lesson?
    a. Jesus’ baptism marked the beginning of his ministry.
    b. Our baptism marks the beginning of our new life in Jesus.
  2. What is the purpose of baptism? (It’s an outward demonstration of our choice to follow Jesus)
  3. What type of bird did John see come down from Heaven? (Dove) 


Dear Father, thank you for new beginnings. Help us to make the most of them — not through our own strength — but through the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.


One of our valued behaviours as a church is “Aliveness in the Spirit”. This means you are filled by the Holy Spirit who will help you discover, nurture and use your spiritual gifts to serve others.
Constant display of the gifts of the holy spirit:  Pray for God to show you your spiritual gift according to Romans 12:3-8



Baptism of Jesus

What You Need

  • Paper (light blue, dark blue, light brown and white)

  • Marker

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Crayons

  • Glue


  1. On the light blue paper, write “John Baptizes Jesus” and “Matthew 3” at the top of the paper.

  2. Fold one piece of light brown paper lengthwise, not quite in half and then unfold.

  3. Turn the light blue paper over to the back.

  4. Tape the larger folded side to the back of the light blue paper.

  5. 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.

  6. Cut three inches off of the dark blue paper.

  7. Glue larger dark blue paper to the bottom of the light blue paper. This is water.

  8. Tear the top edge of the smaller dark blue paper.

  9. 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.’

  10. On the light brown paper, draw John in his camel’s hair clothing and leather belt and Jesus.

  11. Colour and cut out John and Jesus.

  12. On a white piece of paper write “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” in the middle.

  13. Cut out a speech bubble that points upwards.

  14. Draw and cut out a dove.

  15. DO NOT glue John, Jesus, the dove, and the speech bubble. They are removable.

  16. 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.