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The Last Supper

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Summary of Lesson Activities:

Children will create a “stained glass” window depicting some symbols of our faith, with the center of the window being the cross and the symbols of Holy Communion. Because only a few children are able to work on the window at one time, the others will paint their own sun catcher to take home.

Scripture References, Memory Verse, Theme and Objectives:
Refer to first post in this lesson set.

Preparation and Room Set Up:

  • Review the Background Information, Behavioral Covenant, Teaching Tips and Lesson plan.
  • Preview the Rotation Music CD.  Play the music as children arrive and during journaling.
  • Gather the supplies
  • Cover the tables with old tablecloths

Time Guidelines:

Welcome and Introductions10 minutes
Bible study15 minutes
Painting and drawing20 minutes
Reflection/Closing5 minutes

Lesson Plan


Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Make sure everyone is wearing a nametag. Please include the shepherd in introductions. Give the children a simple one or two-sentence synopsis of what you will be doing during the workshop.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank you for your gifts and guidance.  As we learn about some of the symbols and traditions you gave us, may we understand more completely your love for us.  Amen

Important Teacher Notes:

Each workshop includes the Bible story. One of our primary goals is to improve the children’s Bible literacy! If children did not bring their Bibles from home, use the classroom Bibles. Shepherds should help the children locate the stories. Use the handout “Helping Children Learn to Use their Bibles” and the Background Information to help you introduce the story.

Remember that as the Rotation progresses; the children will become more familiar with the story.
When this happens, allow the children to tell you what they know. The children should still locate the story in their Bibles every week. Use the bold headings in their Bibles to guide your discussion. You may want to review some of the Bible notes as well. Be sure to fill in any missing information and add additional details using the Background Information. One of the greatest advantages of this model is that children who come regularly learn the story in great depth.

Each lesson contains more Background Information and discussion questions than can be used in one session. Remember, children are studying this story for four weeks!  Be sure to follow the time guidelines and leave ample time for the activity.


Introduce the Story:
We just celebrated the most important holiday in the church.  What was it? (Easter)  We talked about not only Easter Sunday and what happened, but also the week leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Jesus had lived for the last few years with the disciples, his closest friends.  He had taught them and had shown them how to spread the word of God.  In those days, not everyone could read and write.  Jesus understood that drawing pictures and having symbols allowed people to tell stories and remember things that they might otherwise forget. Jesus knew that he would not live much longer.  When Jesus celebrated the passover feast that week with his disciples, he gave them a sign by which they could always remember Him.  It was a sign that showed them that if they always remembered the sacrifice of Jesus’ death for them (Jesus giving His body and shedding His blood), that that they would have everlasting life.

Bible Study: Grades K-3:
Where would we find a story about Jesus and his friends in the Bible?  (New Testament)  Let’s read about this in our Bibles.

Help children locate “The Lord’s Supper” on page 344-346. Read as they children follow along in their Bibles.  (If it is too long, feel free to paraphrase.)

Read notes:

People in Bible Times: Jesus (page 289)

Did You Know?  What was the Last Supper?  (page 345)

Bible Study:  Grades 4-6:

Where would we find stories about Jesus in the Bible?  (New Testament, Gospels)

The first four books of the New Testament are called the gospels.  What does “gospel” mean?  (good news – these books tell us the good news about Jesus).

Divide the children into three groups and have them locate the passages in Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-25 and Luke 22:7-20.  Choose one of the gospel passages to read (our memory verse is found in the Luke version).

Review the following Bible notes:
Did You Know?  What was the Last Supper?  (page 1229)

Did Jesus ever say he was God?  (page 1231)

The three synoptic gospels differ slightly in their descriptions of the meal. But basically there are four components to His message:

  1. the bread is the body of Jesus and it is for them (us).
  2. the cup represents the covenant blood of the new covenant (a new relationship between God and humanity, made possibly at the cost of Jesus’ life and death)
  3. instruction to repeat this meal to remember what Jesus has said and done
  4. hope for the future – an affirmation of the full coming of the Kingdom of God, and a time when we will all eat together in unity at Christ’s table.


  • Who can tell me why the Jews celebrated Passover? (briefly review the ten plagues and the exodus from Egypt)
  • Why was the sacrifice of a lamb so important? (payment for their sins and a symbol that they were serious about their repentance.  It was their way of renewing their covenant with God and repairing any damage to their relationship with God)
  • How is Jesus referred in the Bible that tells us that He is the ultimate sacrifice for us? (the lambof God)
  • What is the symbol of the body and blood of Jesus today? (bread and wine)
  • Why do you think it is important for us to celebrate the sacrifice?
  • What do we call the celebration of the sacrifice? (communion)
  • What are some other symbols of Jesus and the church today? (fish, Bible, Sun, Ship, Bell, shell)

Memory Verse:  

Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize the Rotation Memory Verse.  Review it with the children at this time.  

“This is my body given for you.” Do this in remembrance of me.”  Luke 22:19

Jesus told his disciples to remember him whenever they eat bread and drink the wine (juice). Each time we take Communion in church we can feel especially close to Jesus.  We remember Jesus and how he lived and how he willingly died so our sins could be forgiven and we could be friends with God forever.

Stained Glass Window:


  • 1 picture frame - 16 x 20 with glass and thin frame
  • Liquid leading
  • Leading strips
  • Stain glass paint
  • Toothpicks
  • Drawing of the complete design using symbols of the church.  (The symbols used in the Christian Believer manual make great examples) I drew a 1” border to be colored a variety of colors. I then drew a cross from top to bottom of border as well as from side to side, creating four spaces for designs. At the center of the cross, I drew a circle which has a picture of a challis and a wafer, with an alpha and omega written on them, respectively. The other symbols I included in the four areas between the border and the cross. The foloutlineslowing symbols were used on the window:
  1. Challis and wafer-The Body and blood of Jesus,  “If you eat of my Body and drink of my Blood, you will have everlasting life.”
  2. Shell and three drops of water- The shell represents baptism and the three drops of water represents the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. Bell- represents the call to worship
  4. Ivy and vine-Represents the relationship between Christian believers and God through Christ.  “I am the vine and you are the branches” John 15:5
  5. Sun- Represents God with all his power and glory as well as the light of the world.
  6. Open book- Represents scripture, the Word of God.
  7. Ship- Represents the church.  The ship, like the ark before it has weathered many storms and reminds us of our salvation.
  8. Fish- An early symbol of Christianity.  There are two fish because Jesus said “Whenever two or more of you are gathered in my name, I will be with you.”


  1. Place the design under the glass and tape it in a few places to secure the paper.
  2. Using the liquid leading and/or the leading strips, have the children outline the entire design.  Make sure that all leading is completed, without gaps, so the paint won’t run from one design to another. (it's helpful to have older kids visit this workshop first!)
  3. Have the children squirt the paint into the various spaces and use toothpicks to pop any bubbles. Be careful not to shake the bottle of paint. The colors can be mixed and swirled together for a variety of looks.
  4. Make sure the paint completely fills each design so that there aren’t any spots of clear glass.
  5. Allow the paint to dry.
  6. Secure the glass into the frame and place it in front of a window.



  • Individual Christian shaped suncatchers
  • Glass or suncatcher paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Foam plates
  • Water cups
  • paper Towels


  1. As children wait their turn to work on the large window, have them paint their own Christian Easter Suncatcher.
  2. Work on foam/paper plates.
  3. Leave suncatchers on plates until dry.


The last five minutes should be reserved for journal time. This is an opportunity for processing and reflection about what the children have learned. 

Journal Questions:

Grades 1-3: Draw one of the symbols from the window. What does it tell us about Jesus.

Grades 4-6: Think about the symbols for Jesus we used in the window. How do these images help us learn more about Jesus?

Clean up: Gather all supplies and encourage each child to clean his/her own work area.

Closing Prayer: Gather all the children together in a circle. Review with them one word or concept that they learned during today’s session.  Encourage them to come back next week for another workshop, and to invite their friends. Remind them to bring their Bibles.  Ask for prayer requests. Pray together, ending with the Lord's Prayer.

A lesson written by Jaymie Derden from: State Street UMC – G.R.E.A.T. Adventure
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  • outlines: This shows the outlines of the images completed by the older age group.
  • Finished window: This is the completed window. It sits in our art room for kids to enjoy!
  • Explanation of symbols: We had this plaque made to explain the symbols.
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