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The Last Supper- "My Father's Workshop"

Art Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities

The children will explore the events and meaning of The Last Supper while creating "chalices" to help them remember the reason we celebrate Communion.

Lesson Objectives:

By the end of the session, the students will:

  • Identify The Last Supper as a Passover meal and that the purpose of celebrating the Passover meal was to remember how God delivered the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt.
  • Identify the reason we celebrate Communion is to remember that Jesus delivered us from the slavery of sin when he died on the cross and rose on the 3rd day!

Leader Preparation:

  • Read David’s theological reference sheet. 
  • Learn the memory verse.
  • Make a chalice of your own to bring in and show the children what they will be making.
  • You will need to cut the tissue paper into small squares before the morning that you are to teach.
  • Consider the age level adjustments needed each week (those included in the lesson plan and your own). .
  • Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located.
  • Gather the Materials 

Materials List:

  • Plastic wine glasses (one per child)
  • Variety of colorful tissue paper cut in approximately ½ inch squares
  • Small craft gems
  • Q-tips (1-2 per child)
  • Small plastic containers for glue (1 for every two children)
  • Newspaper to cover tables
  • Small plastic plates (1 for every 2-4 children)
  • Small paint brushes
  • Sharpie brand marker
  • Modge Podge

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Set out wine glasses around the table(s). Set out small containers for glue (1 for every two children) and tissue paper squares on plastic plates and q-tips.


Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your name-tag. Make sure the children are wearing name-tags. If not, use a temporary badge. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week who may not know you.

Ask the children if they can think of any meals that they eat when they want remember something special (Thanksgiving, birthday cake, Christmas, etc.) What makes those meals special? (Eat the same thing every year, food reminds us of something like a candy cane or an Easter egg.) Having a special meal to remind us of something is a very old custom.

The Bible story today tells how Jesus had a special meal with his disciples. It was a sign for His disciples and is for us to remember Christ. This special meal occurred during Holy Week and is called The Last Supper. Explain that they will be making their own "chalices" to remind them about the story of The Last Supper. Before beginning the project, you may want to spend a few minutes looking at and discussing some artist's representations of the Last Supper with the children. Point out the different ways the cup is depicted.

Dig- Main Content and Reflection:

Direct the children to begin creating their "chalices" so that the glue will dry by the time class is over. (Before they begin, use a Sharpie marker to label each chalice with the child's name on the bottom of the cup.) Ask the children to decorate their chalices in a way that reminds them of Jesus and what he did for us by dying on the cross and rising again.

They will use the q-tip to "paint" a small area on the outside of the wine glass. Then they will place a tissue paper square on the glued area. They will continue this process of "painting" glue and covering with tissue paper until the outside area of the plastic glass is covered.

The children may also add small craft gems to their chalices after the glass has been covered with tissue squares.

When the glass is covered the entire outside should be covered with a coat of Modge Podge using a small paint brush. (If time is running short, the assistant teacher can do this.)

As the children are working ask them questions about what they are doing such as:

  • Why did you choose those colors?
  • How does your design remind you of Jesus?
  • You may also want to ask them what they already know about The Last Supper. Who ate this meal with Jesus? What was served at this meal?
  • Talk about Passover.

Scripture/Bible Story:
(Encourage the children to use their Bibles in looking up verses. )
Have the children open their Bibles to Mark 14:12-26. Point out that the story of The Last Supper is in the New Testament part of The Bible. The story can be found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke and that these books (along with the book of John) are called the Gospels because they contain the Good News of Jesus.

Read the story of The Last Supper or have one of the children read the story. Point out that The Last Supper was a Passover meal. Tell the children the story of the Passover and why Jesus and his disciples were eating this special meal. (If time permits, read Exodus 12:1-14.)

Pulling it all together (closing discussion):

  • I wonder how Jesus felt as he ate the Passover Meal knowing it would be his last meal with the disciples?
  • I wonder what the disciples were thinking when Jesus said, "This is my body..." and "This is my blood...."?
  • I wonder why Jesus used these two food items, bread and wine, and not the others from the Passover meal? (roasted lamb, bitter herbs, etc.)
  • Jesus told his disciples to eat the bread and drink the wine in remembrance of him. When do we do this in our church? (1st Sunday of the month & special Sundays of the church year.)
  • What does Jesus want us to remember when we celebrate The Last Supper? What do we call the celebration of The Last Supper today? (Communion, Eucharist, Lord’s Table)
  • I wonder what Jesus wants us to think about when we take communion?
  • Where will you put your cup? What will you do/think about when you see it there?

Review the memory verse.
If time permits, ask for volunteers to say it by themselves. Let them shout it!


Closing prayer:
Dear Jesus, we thank you for the time we’ve had together and for the many blessings you’ve given us. Help us to be your new disciples, following your word each and every day.

Tidy and Dismissal:

  • Ask children to help tidy the room. Give any specific instructions for clearing the workshop room.
  • Collect nametags and any offering envelopes the children may have with them.
  • Give everyone the parent take-home flyer the first week of the rotation; give it only to children who were absent and have not yet received it the other weeks of the rotation.

Additional Suggestions:
Younger Children:
The assistant teacher can cover the decorated glasses with a coat of Modge Podge while the Leader begins the Bible reading and discussion.
The Modge Podge should be dry by the time the children leave, but you may want to let the parents carry the cup on a plate, just in case.

 A lesson written from: Canfield Presbyterian Church
Canfield, Ohio

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