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The Walk to Emmaus:

Art Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

By creating a banner of footprints, students will learn the story of the walk to Emmaus and be reminded that Jesus walks with us on our faith journey. [Note: 1st – 3rd graders visited this workshop.]

For scripture and objectives- see above.

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture for this lesson.
  • Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
  • Gather the materials.
  • Round up extra help for this workshop. It will take at least 3 adults- one to paint feed, one to wash feet and one to work with the waiting kids.
  • Fill the buckets with warm water.
  • Set up the classroom for the feet painting: spread the table covers and place the banner on top of the table covers. Have the table covers stick out around the edges to catch any “extra” footprints. Place a chair at each end of the banner with trays, paints, sponges, buckets of water & towels by each chair.
  • Write on the easel: “As they talked and discussed… and Jesus walked along with them.” Luke 24:15

Supplies List:

  • Bibles (for 3rd grade and up)
  • For younger students: The Children’s Illustrated Bible, p. 278-279
  • Cloth banner for foot print painting (We used a large piece of felt)
  • Tempera paints in varying colors (and a bit of dishwashing soap)
  • Trays for holding paint (use meat trays)
  • Sponges for application of paint
  • Table covers
  • Buckets of H20, soap, towels, paper towel, plastic bags for wet laundry
  • Coloring picture of the Emmaus Walk & word puzzles (one per student)
  • Sequencing activity & Concentration game
  • Question & answer Concentration game (for readers)
  • Small foam feet (optional), Hole-punch, Yarn
  • Crayons, colored pencils and markers
  • Easel and appropriate marker

Lesson Plan


Greet your students warmly, welcoming them to the Art Workshop. Introduce yourself and any other adults.

[Note: The Shepherd will be taking care of attendance while you are starting your lesson.]

Ask for any prayer requests. Ask if anyone would like to lead the group in prayer.
Be prepared to say a prayer yourself, working in prayer requests. Use the Lord’s Prayer as the ending. A suggestion: “Dear God, help us to try to recognize Jesus in the actions and people we see each day. Help us to remember that Jesus walks with us always as we learn about Him and God. (End with everyone joining in on the Lord’s Prayer.) Amen.

Ask: Have you ever passed by someone, and then turned around quickly to see him/her
again, because you thought he/she was a friend of yours?
Say: Sometimes you are right and sometimes you are not. Today’s story is about a time when some of Jesus’ disciples did not recognize him at first, but then later they realized they had completed a journey with him!


For 3rd grade:
Ask: Where in the Bible would we read a story about Jesus? (in the New Testament)
Where do we find the New Testament in the Bible? [Remind them of the quick way to find the New Testament. Opening the Bible in middle lands you usually in Psalms. Taking just the back half and finding middle of that, gets you to beginning of NT.]
What are the first four books of the New Testament?
What do we call those first four books? (the Gospels)
Say: The word Gospel means “good news.” Jesus brings us good news about God’s love for us.
Distribute Bibles. Have everyone find Luke 24:13-35 in the Bible.
If this is a week early in the Rotation, read the scripture together. After the first week of the Rotation, ask the students if they can tell you the story. Have them check their Bibles for accuracy.

For 1st and 2nd graders:
Ask: If we want to read something that Jesus said, where would we find it – in the Old Testament or the New Testament of the Bible? (new)
Does anyone know the names of the first four books of the New Testament?
What name do we call those first four books of the NT? (the Gospels)
Say: Our Bible is like a library. It is filled with 66 books. We find the story about the Walk to Emmaus in the book of Luke.
Show them the pictures on page 278 and 279 of The Children’s Illustrated Bible. Read to them the following while showing them the pictures in the book:
For the story to read see:

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For all students:
Say: When we are done reading our Bible story we are going to say what is said in church after the scripture is read. Be ready to say “thanks be to God!”
For the Word of God in scripture, for the Word of God among us, for the Word of God within us,
The class says: Thanks be to God!


  • The two disciples were sad when Jesus joined them on their walk to Emmaus – why do you suppose they were sad? (because Jesus had died)
  • These two travelers didn’t recognize Jesus. How do you suppose that happened? (Answers vary- perhaps they were too sad, or distracted)
  • What did they invite this stranger to do when they arrived in Emmaus? (stay the night and eat with them)
  • What happened at the meeting when Jesus broke the bread? (they recognized him as Jesus)
  • How would you feel if you recognized Jesus as the person eating a meal next to you?
    (Answers vary)
  • What about seeing Jesus in other people? Do you suppose that is possible?
    (Answers vary -- maybe in people helping others, parents caring for children, a neighbor lending a helping hand, etc. Give an example from your experience.)

Say: When they recognized Jesus, the disciples were helped along in their journey of faith – they knew that they would believe that Jesus was the Son of God.
Ask: Can you think of ways that you “walk with Jesus?”
What are some ways to show that you are learning to be like Jesus, to walk with Jesus? (Answers vary – being kind to friends & family, helping out at home, coming to church with families, etc.)

Start the art project:
Say: Our project today will be to make a banner that will hang here at church. It will have some words from our story. [Refer to the easel.] When we see this banner hanging here at church we will remember that we are on a journey – a journey to grow our connection with Jesus. Jesus is always walking with us.

The kids will be making a banner with painted footsteps to represent their walk with Jesus in their faith journeys. The banner will be laid out on the floor with a chair at each end of the banner. At one chair will be paint, paint trays, sponges, and at the other chair will be a bucket with water, soap, and towels.
The teacher and the Shepherd will help each child paint his/her feet for the banner. Have the child sit in the chair, removing shoes and socks, then using a sponge, dab the paint onto his/her feet while sitting down. Once the feet are ready, help the child stand on the banner and begin walking – try to have him/her walk from one side of the banner to the other (if there is enough paint on his/her feet!) When the child gets to the other side, he/she will sit down and an adult will help him/her to remove the remaining paint. Have him/her put on shoes and socks away from the chair so you can prepare another child to do the painting.
For kids who are waiting their turn to do the painting, there will be coloring pages about the Walk to Emmaus and puzzles and foam feet to decorate with markers and stick on embellishments. (That can then be taken home.)


Remind the kids that their banners are symbols of the Walk to Emmaus – help them read and talk about the key verse:
“Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.” Luke 24:31a

If you have extra time (or what to do with the kids who are waiting their turn):

  • Use the easel to play “Hangman” with simple words from the story (such as “Jesus”, “eyes”, “seeing”, or “opened. Talk about just seeing blanks as the puzzle is started, but how you come to “see” the word that fits in the puzzle. Discuss faith in Jesus as being a belief in something, even when we don’t actually see Jesus.
  • Have the students sequence the story using the line drawings provided.
  • Play a game of Concentration with the duplicate line drawings.
  • Find Emmaus on the map in the back of the purple Bibles.
  • For 3rd graders (maybe 2nd graders?) another form of Concentration that matches questions and answers.


  • The Children’s Illustrated Bible. Retold by Selina Hastings/illustrated by Eric Thomas. Copyright 1994, Dorling Kindersley.
  • NIV Adventure Bible. Copyright 2000, Zondervan.

Written by Melissa Martin and Debbie Houghton for First United Methodist Church
Ann Arbor, MI 

Copyright 2008 First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI.
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