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Nicodemus and Jesus: Born from Above

Storytelling Workshop


Summary of Lesson Activities:

This Storytelling lesson seeks to highlight (mostly by telling the story in three different ways) Jesus' encouragement of Nicodemus to pay attention to God and what such a choice entails. The lesson activities consist of watching a "movie" of the story (movie, here, refers to a "homemade" narration of slides - like a powerpoint presentation). The second activity consists of putting on a play that mirrors the events of the scripture story using popsicle puppets. An additional option is to video tape the puppet play and then let the class watch it after they've completed the puppet play.

Scripture Reference:

John 3:1-8;16-17

To view the movie of the story and to download the supply document, click HERE (NOTE: The link will take you to the page specifically created for viewers of this post).

For the full lesson, download the attached Word .doc at the bottom of this post. Note that the first three pages of the document are "background" and that the actual lesson starts on page 4 (which is also where you will find the supply list).

From the attached lesson, here is the story script with some of the teaching comments (in first person) included:


Opening - Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Open with a prayer.

Dig - Main Content and Reflection:


  • Now we’re going to make our own movie.
  • We have two characters that talk a lot, Jesus and Nicodemus, and one haracter that says the same thing all the time.
  • Then there are other parts that are not speaking parts.
  • So what we’re going to do is go behind the screen, here.
  • And then we’ll assign parts.
  • (If need be, you can assign an “audience” part to the less than enthusiastic students. Our shepherd here will record our play (or maybe have a student help out here, too).
  • We’ll do a practice run through, where I’ll be the director, helping yall know what to do and when to do it.
  • Once we got through the practice run, then we film it.

Do & Record Popsicle Puppet Play

Popsicle “people” and props needed:

  • Paper that says “Night time”
  • Jesus
  • Nicodemus
  • People of Israel
  • The End sign

Speaking Characters:

  • Jesus
  • Nicodemus
  • People of Israel


  • Night time
  • "The End" sign

The Script:

Nicodemus: I love to have people pay attention to me!

People of Israel: [pop up] We can SEEEEE you! [pop back down]

Nicodemus: Hello there, people! Thank you! Thank you! See you tomorrow morning. [walk/bounce over and “stand” in front of sheet that says “Night time.”]

Jesus: [pops up in front of sheet that says “night time”]

Nicodemus: [whispers] Hello, Jesus.

Jesus: What? I can't hear you...Why are you whispering?

Nicodemus: [clears throat – talks in normal voice] Oh, right. Sorry. Just didn't want people to see me actually talk to you. But I forgot: It's night time. The people can't see me!

People of Israel: [pop up] We can SEEEEEE you! [pop back down]

Nicodemus: Oops! [looks at where the people were. Looks back at Jesus] Jesus, I just want to say that I know you're paying attention to God because no one can do what you're doing and say what you're saying without God's help. I'm very impressed. I was wondering if you could help me do what you're doing.

Jesus: To do what I'm doing, you need to be born again.

Nicodemus: What? Don't be silly – no one can do that!

Jesus: You can't see what God is doing until you start your life over and live God's way.

Nicodemus: What? How do I do that?

Jesus: To start your life over again, let God's spirit guide you like the wind moves a leaf. Don't try to control yourself or the wind. Instead, surrender to where God's spirit is sending you.

Nicodemus: But I'm not a leaf! I'm Nicodemus! The people love me!

People of Israel: [pop up] We can SEEEEEE you! [pop back down]

Nicodemus: [looks at the people; looks back to Jesus]

Jesus: You let the people's attention drive what you do and why you do it. You, of all people, should know better. You should know that it is not the people's attention that saves you, but God's attention that saves you.

Nicodemus: But I've built my whole life around getting the people's attention. And look how good I am at it? The people even find me during the night time! To do what you're saying would destroy my life!

Jesus: God loves the world. God loves you. And the way God wants you to live will not destroy you or the world, instead, the way that God wants you to live, if you do it, will SAVE the world.

Jesus: [drops back down]

Nicodemus: What would I do without the people? Could I really start my life over and make God the most important thing in my life – even more important than the attention of the people? Could I really do that?

People of Israel: [pop up] We can SEEEEEE you! [pop back down]

Nicodemus: [shakes “head” back and forth and drops down too]

[Hold up sign that says, “The End”]


End with a prayer.

Suggested Variations youngest class: If in need of readers, have the teacher and shepherd read, while the students control the puppets.

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