Bread of Heaven
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Students watch Nest's "Bread of Heaven" DVD.
The DVD combines the Feeding of the 5000 (where Jesus signals who he really is to the crowd) with Jesus' declaration of his identity as "The Bread of Heaven".
The Bread from Heaven Activity Book: Is now packaged with the DVD when you order it (Nest Learning). This Nest resource has coloring pages and puzzles about the story for younger and older children which are referenced below.
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
- Preview the video.
- "Bread of Heaven" DVD and Activity Book.
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
1. Prior to Showing the DVD:
Remind everyone that the story of Jonas in this story is fictional. The rest is true!
Pass around some pieces of bread and ask the children for things that have bread in them (hamburgers, etc). Explain the meaning of "bread" as a basic food for our bodies, and "Jesus is going to teach us that he is like basic food for our souls. We are called to believe in him, and allow his words to be like bread that makes our faith strong."
Older Children: Distribute and quickly read the questions from the "Bread From Heaven Questions" page in the downloadable activity book. Tell them they will be answering these questions after they watch the video.
2. Students watch Nest's "Bread of Heaven" DVD.
3. After Showing the DVD:
Younger Children: Distribute the puzzle page of your choice from the downloadable activity book.
Older Children: Answer the questions in the Bread From Heave Questions" you passed out before the video. Then, distribute the "Who Am I?" puzzle from the older kids section of the downloadable activity book.
Pass out stick pretzels and softwhite bread. Have students make an edible bread Jesus. Discuss the image of "Jesus as the Bread of Heaven". Remind the students that we are called to BELIEVE in this bread! ...and to help others to believe in him and find nourishment for their lives and faith. Remind the kids of the connection to Communion. Eat your bread Jesus! ...and make another couple of them and put in baggies to give to parents/siblings.
Conclude with a prayer for Jesus to be our Daily Bread.
A lesson written by Neil MacQueen.
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