Passover/The Last Supper
Art Workshop Lesson
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will create a "celebration" (Seder) plate and discuss Passover and it’s tie to our celebration of Communion.
Key Bible Verse:
Luke 22:19b “Do this in memory of me” (Good News Bible).
Rotation Objectives —
- Know that Jesus celebrated a special last meal (a Passover Seder) with his disciples before his crucifixion.
- Learn that at the Last Supper, Jesus gave new meaning to the bread and wine.
- Understand that the Christian observance of Holy Communion began with this “Last Supper”. We celebrate Communion today to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection.
- Discover that Communion is a way to feel closer to God and to other people who believe in God.
- Locate the story in their Bible, identifying the four Gospels (older students); Younger students will learn that the story is in the New Testament.
- Read the scripture for this lesson.
- Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
- Gather the materials
- Bibles (for 3rd grade and up)
- Read with Me Bible (1st and 2nd grade)
- Glass plates (one per student)
- Mod Podge
- Small cups (to distribute Mod Podge)
- Small paint brushes or foam brushes
- Magazines; Colorful tissue paper; Scissors (older students)
- Take home notes (one per student, see attached)
Before Start of Class:
- For younger students, cut out pictures and words from magazines; anything that they might enjoy using to create their plate. Examples: pictures of kids, animals, families, fun times, food, etc.
- Pour Mod Podge into small cups.
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet your students warmly, welcoming them to the Art Workshop. Introduce yourself and any other adults.
Say: Let’s begin with prayer.
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. A suggestion: “Lord, we thank you for Bible stories that teach us about Jesus. From Jesus we learn about your love. Help us to remember Jesus and the gift he gave us on the cross, dying for us so that our sins could be forgiven. We celebrate your love for us. Amen”
Dig- Main Content and Reflection:
For 3rd grade and up:
Ask: Where in the Bible would we read about Jesus and his disciples?
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 teaches us the good news about salvation offered by God.
Distribute Bibles. Have everyone find Luke 22:7-23 in his or her Bible.
Remind them about the quick way to find the New Testament. [Dividing the Bible in half gets them near Psalms in the OT. Dividing the back half in half again, gets them near beginning of the NT.]
Have students take turns reading verses 7-23. (In later weeks of the Rotation ask the students to tell you the story . Fill in any missing details.)
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?
Say: We find the story of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples in the New Testament in the book of Luke.
Read pages 370-373 of The Read with Me Bible. Show pictures while reading. (In later weeks of the Rotation ask students to tell you the story. Fill in any missing details.)
For all students:
Ask: When Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples, what Jewish holiday were they celebrating? (Passover) Why do Jewish people celebrate Passover?
Say: Jesus was celebrating Passover because he was Jewish. The first night of Passover is celebrated with a very special meal called a Seder.
Ask: Do you ever celebrate special meals with your family? What do you do to make the meal special? (Guide them to talk about using special dishes – i.e. plates.)
Say: Today we are going to create a special celebration plate. You have already mentioned some special meals you share with your family and friends. Today you can make a plate that you take home and use at your next celebration dinner.
Find out whose birthday comes next. Ask what other celebrations are coming that they could use their plate? (Easter)
Ask: Why do we celebrate Easter?
Say: We don’t have to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection only on Easter. Every day can be a celebration of the wonderful gift Jesus gave us when he died on the cross. Jesus died and came alive again so that we might be a part of God’s family forever.
Guide the students in thinking about decorating their plate. What will make a plate festive, or celebratory for them? Show them what supplies are available – magazines, pre-cut pictures (if using), and tissue paper. They will put cutout pictures (or words) on the back of the plate so they may still eat off the surface of the plate. Apply by brushing a thin layer of Mod Podge to the front of a clipping and apply it to the back of the glass plate. Smooth out bubbles with fingers and thinly apply more Mod Podge over the picture. Overlap clippings until the whole plate is filled. Optional: Apply tissue paper to the back of the plate, over the clippings, to create a more finished look. Note: Be sure that pictures are not applied too close the edge of the plate.
[Important note: In the process of creating their art project students are processing the Bible story – making it theirs. Don’t tell kids how their plate should look. There is no wrong way! (I don’t even like showing samples for this reason.) Don’t do any of the work for them. (It is ok to help cut out for younger students.) DO continue discussion of the story while students work.]
Discussion: (while the kids are working)
Say: When Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples they were celebrating a Seder. Every part of a Seder reminds Jewish people of the story of the Exodus, how God saved his people from slavery in Egypt.
Ask: Are there any special foods we eat that remind us of something in particular? (Example: Thanksgiving – foods the Pilgrims ate; Easter – eggs remind us of new life)
Say: At the Last Supper Jesus gave new meaning to the bread and the cup. He took bread and a cup and said: “Do this in memory of me” (Good News Bible).
Ask: What do you suppose Jesus meant?
Why should we remember him?
Say: The Last Supper was the very last time Jesus ate with his disciples before he died. The disciples did not understand this, but Jesus knew what would happen. He knew that he would be killed on a cross and three days later would be alive again. Jesus knew he would be going to heaven and wouldn’t be around to be with his disciples. So Jesus wanted his disciples, and us, to always remember him.
Ask: Jesus said, “do this in remembrance of me.” How do we do that today?
Do the words I just read out of the Bible sound familiar? (are used in Communion service)
Ask: What things do we have in our Communion service, that were also in the Last Supper? (bread, “wine,” cup, table)
Say: When we celebrate Communion, we are following Jesus’ example from the Last Supper in the Bible. The words spoken in church during Communion are the same ones Jesus spoke to his disciples at the Last Supper. We remember what Jesus did to free us from slavery to sin. Jesus’ body, like the bread, was broken for us when he died on the cross. The cup was a symbol of Jesus’ blood shed for us.
Ask: Have you ever heard Communion described as the “sacrament of Communion”? What do you suppose that means?
Say: The word sacrament is related to the word “sacred” which means holy or set aside for the worship of God. When we celebrate Communion, we are setting aside the bread and juice as a special way to worship God.
Ask: If Communion is sacred or holy, what attitude should we have during Communion? (respectful, quiet)
Say: At the Last Supper Jesus gave new meaning to the bread and cup. They no longer are just reminders of what God did to save the Hebrews in Egypt, but are what God did for the entire world when Jesus died on the cross. Jesus wants us to think of him when we break the bread, and eat with one another. When we take part in Communion in church we remember how Jesus loves us.
Source for glass plates: You want plates that do not have ridges on the back. For older students we used 10.5 inch diameter plates (purchased at a dollar store). Libby makes a nice "flat" plate. For younger students we used 7.5 inch plastic plates (purchased through local home goods store - 99 cents each, but cheaper because of the use of a coupon!)
Today your child learned the story of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. Ask your child what special holiday Jesus and his disciples were celebrating. (Hint: Passover – the celebration of the Israelites freedom from slavery in Egypt, as told in the Old Testament book of Exodus.)
To remember the Last Supper each artist created a Celebration Plate. Please use this dish in your family celebrations, noting these important care instructions: DO NOT IMMERSE in water. To clean, wipe the eating surface with a soapy cloth, rinse, and dry thoroughly. The eating surface is safe for food!
To further protect your plate before it’s first use, wait 24 hours and apply a thin coat of acrylic clear seal to the back of the plate. Allow to dry thoroughly.
A lesson written by Carol Hulbert, Copyright 2005
First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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If you use this Art Lesson, even in a modified form, please include the following reference: Hulbert, Carol. Lesson posted at rotation.org: “Passover/The Last Supper: Art Lesson.” March 2005.
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|Lisa M. ||January 11, 2014|
Idea from a Writing Team discussion added here:
Another possibility to to make a mosaic plate with each child bringing in a plate or other ceramic item that would be smashed and a piece added (with adult supervision) to a mosaic that will become a bread plate. There could be discussion of the broken pieces formed into one plate, Jesus’ broken body which is what draws us all together.