The Baptism of Jesus
Summary of Lesson Activities: Using Kid Pix 4 or the newer "3D" version children will create "Baptism Certificates" or "Welcome" collage created for child in congregation.
In this workshop, the learners will learn and understand that Jesus is the beloved Son of God and become familiar with the story of Jesus’ baptism. They will understand that baptism is a symbol of God’s covenant with us and will make baptism certificates. And they will learn their responsibility to a newly baptized child.
- Kid Pix 4 or the newer "3D" version software (loaded on computers);
- Children’s Bible in 365 Stories;
- paper for printers,
- chart with questions on one side and answers on the other,
- yarn for matching questions and answers;
- examples of baptism certificates.
- Read the Bible passages.
- Read over the background material included in your teacher packet.
- Become familiar with the lesson plan and computer program.
Opening-Welcome and introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week—some may not know you. Wear your nametag and make sure that the children are wearing theirs if there are visitors.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Begin in the blue room. Distribute Bibles. Help the children find the story (Matthew 3:13-17; Children’s Bible, page 287). Read it, or have one of the students read it.
Discuss with the children the following questions by letting them choose the correct answer and pinning the yarn to it:
- Who should be baptized?
Adults who have professed faith in Jesus Christ, and the children of those believers should be baptized.
- What does it mean to be baptized?
It means the person who is baptized is part of the Christian church and has been adopted into God’s covenant family.
- What is the meaning of the washing with water?
The waters of baptism link us to the goodness of God’s creation and to the grace of God’s covenant with Noah, Abraham, and the Hebrew people through Moses. Baptism with water is the sign and seal of God’s grace and covenant in Christ.
- Why was Jesus baptized by John?
Jesus was without sin, but he was baptized to fulfill the promise that in righteousness, God will act to save humanity in the life of Jesus.
Show examples of Baptism Certificates and tell the children that they are going to create a Baptism Certificate. Be sure that children who have not been baptized do not feel left out or inferior.
Move to the computer room and have the children choose a computer station. Some may have to work in pairs. Using KidPix3 software, guide the students in designing a baptism certificate. It can be for themselves, for their future baptism if they are not already baptized, for someone else, or for Jesus.
They may put their names, other text, the memory verse, picture graphics, doves, baptismal font, etc. on the certificate.
The certificate should say something like: This certifies that __________ has been baptized and is a member of God’s Covenant Family.
Have them print out their certificate. They may take it home with them. If they would like to print two, one can be placed on the bulletin board in the blue room.
If time, have the children share their certificates with the class. Remind them that baptism is one of the sacraments of the church in which we affirm that each of us is a child of God and has a special place within the covenant family.
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Ask the children to respond to this statement:
Baptism is . . . . .
Close with a prayer of your own, or use the following:
Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to show us the way you would have us treat others and live our lives. Help us to remember what is promised in baptism and to live the way you would have us live. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Volunteer Editor's Note: Alternately, the kids could DECORATE photograph of the actual baby being baptized, import into Kid Pix 4, captions/welcome/scripture added, printed, then made into a collage (or certificate), and given to the child's parents as a "Welcome to our Faith Family" card signed by the kids.
Additional questions: "What is it that the KIDS certify to when they participate in a baptism?" "What is it that GOD certifies to in baptism?"
A lesson posted by Jan Marshall from: Brenthaven Cumberland Pres.
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