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The Last Supper

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.

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Matthew 26: 17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-19

Teacher preparation:

  • Read the scripture passages and lesson plan and attend the Bible Study.
  • Prepare to tell the story of the Passover during the Bible story time.
  • Prepare a closing prayer.
  • Gather the Materials


Materials List:

  • Plastic wine glasses
  • Tissue paper
  • Q-tips
  • Glue
  • Modge Podge craft glue
  • Small craft gems
  • 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
  • Last Supper


Advanced preparation requirements:

  • You will need to cut the tissue paper into small squares before the morning that you are to teach
  • 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.


Presentation


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.

We had an opening prayer during the gathering time, but you may open with prayer if you feel led to do so.

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, and used it as a sign for them (disciples) and us to remember him. This special meal occurred during Holy Week and is called The Last Supper. Explain that they will 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:

Application:
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.

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 3-5 grade 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.)

Closing:

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?
What does Jesus want us to remember when we celebrate The Last Supper? What do we call the celebration of The Last Supper today?
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:
Pick a hymn to sing before you leave (as Jesus and the Disciples did).

Closing prayer:
[Offer a prayer that asks Jesus to help us remember each time we see our chalice how and why he died for us.]

Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Give any specific instructions for clearing the workshop room.

Additional Suggestions:
Older children:
They may also add small craft gems to their chalices after the glass has been covered with tissue squares.

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.


Editor's Note: This is one of several versions of Chalice making projects that have been posted here in the Exchange over the years. This lesson originally referenced other posts, some of which have been retired.

A lesson written by Jamie Senyard from: River Community Church
Prairieville, Louisiana

A representative of Rotation.org reformatted this post to improve readability.

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