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The Last Supper- “How Great Thou Art”

Art Workshop

Grades 3-6

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The children will make a bread board with a wood-burning of “Remember Me.”

Lesson Objectives

  • The children will learn about The Last Supper’s connection with Passover
  • When eating the bread and drinking the wine we remember Jesus’ body and blood given and shed for us.

Leader Preparations:

  • Read the scripture passage and Bible background
  • Familiarize yourself with the art project
  • Be prepared to tell the story of the Passover and how it relates to The Last Supper
  • Be prepared to read the names and a brief description of all the disciples
  • Gather the materials

Materials List:

  • Bible
  • List of disciples 
  • Woodburning tools
  • Wood for breadboards (do we have anyone who could cut them in a nice shape?)
  • Scrap wood for woodburning practice
  • Drill
  • Leather strips
  • Sandpaper
  • Rag to wipe sawdust off boards


Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Welcome the children and the shepherd as they arrive. SAY: We are continuing with the theme, “Come Join the Circle,” and we have many characters joining the circle with us this month. They are the twelve disciples who will share a last meal with Jesus before he dies on the cross. But before we learn their names and what we are going to make today, let’s begin with a word of prayer.
Dear God, We are glad to be in church today. Thank you for inviting us. We are grateful for all that you have given us. Help us to learn more about you and your disciples. We want to be your faithful followers, too. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

Dig- Main Content and Reflection:

Tell the Story: Passover/Last Super:

It is a Thursday night. Jesus and his disciples had marched triumphantly into Jerusalem just the Sunday before. We call it Palm Sunday. Now tonight they are going to have supper together. They are celebrating an event that happened to their people hundreds of years before. It was called Passover. It refers to the sacrifice of a lamb in Egypt when the people of Israel were slaves. The Hebrews smeared the blood of the lamb on their doorposts as a signal to God that he should “pass over” their houses when He destroyed all the firstborn of Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to let His people go. One of the foods that is always eaten is unleavened bread. That is bread without any yeast and it is flat. You can make it really fast so that you are ready to leave in a hurry.
This Passover meal also turned out to be the last supper that Jesus would eat with his disciples. The disciples didn’t know it but Jesus was going to be killed the very next day. They ate their supper, but later Jesus took the bread and wine and told them something rather puzzling. He said that whenever they ate bread together, they should remember His body given for them. And when they drank the wine together they should remember the blood He shed for them. They didn’t understand what He meant until later, after Jesus died and rose again on Easter Sunday. Now when we eat the bread and drink the wine in church on Sunday morning, we are remembering Jesus and the sacrifice that He made for us. He died on the cross for our sins!
So now, we are going to make an art project that will help us remember what Jesus said at the last supper to his disciples. Because bread was so important at the last supper, we are going to make a breadboard. We will sand it, drill a hole in it, and burn the words, Remember Me.

Distribute breadboards and sand paper. When finished sanding and wiping off saw dust, they may practice writing with the wood-burning tool on scrap wood. An adult can help them drill a hole in their breadboard at a convenient time. Have them tie a leather string through the hole. When they feel comfortable with the wood-burning tool they may write, Remember Me, on their bread board. It would probably be better to write it along an edge.

Journal Activity:
Jesus told us to remember Him whenever we take the Lord’s Supper. Do you think that is the only time we should remember Him? (No) When are other times we should remember Him? (accept all answers, then have them write some in their journal) We should remember Jesus ___________________. It sounds like we should remember Jesus pretty much all the time. Whenever you and your family use this breadboard at home, it can be a reminder to you to remember Jesus and the sacrifice He made for you by dying on the cross.


Say the memory verse together:
This day shall be a day of remembrance for you, You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord.

Dear God, help us to remember you and all the disciples who ate the Last Supper with you: Bartholomew, James, son of Alphaeus, Andrew, Judas, Peter, John, Thomas, James the Greater, Philip, Matthew, Thaddeaus, and Simon. May you burn the memory of Jesus’ death and resurrection in our hearts so that we never forget. And all God’s children say, AMEN.
If there is time you can read to them about each disciple from the attached biography sheet.

 A lesson written by Kathy from: Augustana Lutheran Church
St. James, MN 

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