Elijah passes his prophet's mantle to young Elisha
Art Workshop Lesson Idea
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Making a Mantle
Elijah left behind his symbol of power & authority...his mantle, his legacy, his mission. When Elisha decides to pick it up, he's saying, "it's my mission too!"
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
- T-shirts for each student
- Fabric paints
- Paint Brushes
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Summarize the ministry of Elijah (key part: I Kings 19). Then have students read aloud the II Kings 2 section...the story of Elijah going up in the Chariot and Elisha picking up the Mantle.
Ask: Why did Elijah tell Elisha that "the power" to be his successor would be his if he stayed with the old man til the end?
Ask: How would you rate their friendship/mentorship?
Ask: What symbols of power, authority and friendship do WE have in our world today? Think political power, logos, symbols that mean something, crosses, and Super Hero emblems.
Ask: What symbols of authority do our ministers wear in worship?
Ask: What do you wear or do that identifies YOU as a disciple of Jesus?
Do the art project.
Kids will create their own personal "super hero emblem" on a tshirt -first on paper, then permanently on a T-shirt. This emblem tells others that "they have accepted God's mission too" just like Elisha. They may use symbols of our faith, create a personal slogan about their mission (help them come up with something pithy and fun), and add some scripture to the shirt. You will want to work with them before they commit their design to the shirt.
Except for the lettering, use a brush to paint the fabric paints onto the t-shirt.
Have them come up with a super-hero name for the back of their shirt, perhaps one that includes "-jah" (God). Think about what superpowers a Christian needs to do God's mission, these too could be represented or written on the shirt somewhere.
Have the children assist with the cleanup and end with a prayer.
A lesson written by Neil MacQueen
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