Cooking Workshop – ‘In a Pickle’
Summary of Lesson Activities:
In this workshop you'll be making an edible but fake hamburger. It has been suggested that ALTERNATIVELY you could actually have the kids "can" some of their own pickles! Would be a great reminder of the story.
- Jar of sweet pickles,
- dill pickles, and bread & butter pickles,
- bag of dill pickle potato chips,
- Nabisco Nilla Wafers,
- Keebler Grasshopper (Fudge Mint) cookies or Girl Scout thin mint cookies,
- red food coloring,
- green food coloring,
- 2 bowls,
- table knives,
- 3 forks
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Read: The Story
Practice: The Memory Verse
- I wonder how Esther felt moving to a new city where she didn’t know anyone? (Scared, alone, forgotten, mad, happy, ?)
- I wonder why Mordecai didn’t want anyone to know Esther was a Jew? (Treated differently, nobody’s business, looked down on, ?)
- I wonder why the king chose Esther to be the queen? (She was beautiful, she had a good personality, it was God’s plan, ?)
- I wonder why Haman hated Mordecai so much? (Wouldn’t bow down to him, ? God was not with Haman, there was ‘hate’ in Haman’s heart, ?)
- I wonder why Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman? (That show of respect was reserved for God)
- I wonder if Queen Esther was tempted to keep the secret that she was a Jew, instead of pleading with the king for the lives of her people? (Yes, no, maybe, ?)
- I wonder why Esther prayed before she went to see the king? (She knew she could be killed, she knew God could help her, God would have wanted it, ?)
- I wonder why Esther asked the Jews to pray and fast for 3 days before she went to see the king? (Get the Jews involved, God hears prayers, ?)
- I wonder what the Jews prayed for? (Safety for Esther when she went to the king unannounced, safety for the Jews on Feb 28th, overturning the law to kill the Jews, ?)
- I wonder how the Jews felt when they found out they could defend themselves on the day Haman wanted to kill the Jews? (Joy, honor, like their prayers were answered, ?)
(‘I wonder’ questions inspired by another post here at rotation.org.
Queen Esther was in a “pickle.” (Or a “jam")
Bring out three jars of pickles (one dill – one sweet – one bread & butter pickles)
- There was a law to kill all the Jews in Persia.
- Esther was a Jew, but she was also in a position to influence the king.
- Esther was ‘in a pickle.’ What to do? – Let it happen? Plead with the king? Run and hide?
- Those were hard choices Esther had to make. (Before each discussion question, let the kids pick a new pickle to try)
- When there are hard choices to make, what do you do? (Ask for advice, think hard, look at what others have done, look deep in your heart, ?)
- How can we seek God when we are troubled? What do you do? (Pray, read the Bible, talk to the Pastor or strong Christian friend, ?)
- Do you look to God when there are tough decisions to make? Always, or just sometimes?
- God wants us to be with Him at all times – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11: 28 – Know that God loves you always no matter what your troubles are. Don’t ever give up. God always cares about you.
“Hamburger” Making - We are going to make “hamburgers with pickles” to remind us about what a “pickle” Queen Esther was in – but it’s really a cookie.
- Take 1 Vanilla Wafer (This is one side of the ‘bun').
- Spread green frosting on the flat side of the Vanilla Wafer This is the ‘pickle'.
- Next, top the Vanilla Wafer/frosting with a thin mint/cookie (This is the ‘hamburger').
- Spread red frosting on the flat side of a second Vanilla Wafer (This is the ‘ketchup’ or ‘tomato’ and other side of the ‘bun').
- Put the two pieces together
- (Could add layers – one placed on the bun, one on the hamburger – mustard, lettuce, etc)
Say a prayer before eating. (Dear Lord, Thank you for giving Queen Esther the courage to stand up for her people. Whenever we are in a pickle, help us to remember to turn to You for help. Help us to stand strong in Your love. Amen.)
- Eat and enjoy (Each child may make 2-3 apiece, if desired)
- If someone doesn’t like mint, they can make their sandwich without the hamburger patty
(Second Option) Substitute ‘hamburger making’ with something made with jam. Also substitute the word ‘pickle’ with ‘jam’ in the reading above.
Suggestions: Bake Pillsbury crescent rolls, jam as a topping
Refrigerator rolls, thumbprint in center, fill indent with jam - Bake.
Bringing it all together
- Esther was used for the good of God’s people – the Jews.
- We, too, can be used for the good of God’s people. What can we do to help people? (Pray for/with them, visit them, write to people, give money, spread God’s word,)
- God can use us for His work on earth. We are here on earth, not to do God’s job (Judgment), but to do His work. We are not to judge people, but instead to help people.
- God chooses ordinary people to do His work. God called Moses, he stuttered – Jonah, he ran away – Zacchaeus, was small – David, was just a boy when he fought Goliath. God can choose you, too! It doesn’t matter if you are old or young. You can do God’s work.
- God calls us to spread His message.
- Now, no more excuses! Get out there and speak the word of God. God can use you to your full potential. Remember, you are not the message; you are God’s messenger!
Extra time: Return to the questions on ‘hard choices.’ Think of some difficult choices and solutions.
End with a prayer.
A lesson written by Rachel Haugland from: Elim Lutheran Church
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