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Originally posted by member "Ozone "

We're going to be working on this one coming up soon. However, before we started rotating and I was teaching a 6th & 7th grade class, I did a class about the meaning of baptism, specifically the meaning of the Greek word baptizo.

If you look "BAPTIZO" in a NT Greek Lexicon (it's Strong's Number 907), you'll find a quote that describes pickle making, and the permanent change that occurs through baptism, as opposed to simply being dipped. I had along a fresh cuke and a dill pickle with me for comparison.

So, for our cooking rotation, we're going to make pickled carrots; there is a very easy recipe (that is, no sterilized jars, etc., total prep time under 1 hour) at which can also be found in the November 2003 edition of Gourmet magazine, but of course any simple pickling recipe would do.

We'll also have labels describing the word baptizo, and of course, instructions for keeping the product (must be refrigerated).

Now, when I did mention the use of this workshop to a fellow elder on Session, he asked if I wasn't telling the kids that once they're baptized they get sour. Hmmm. Any thoughts on countering this kind of thinking are welcome.

Shape Crescent Roll dough into "bugs"

from member "rhondab "

Raisins can be used for eyes, and pretzel sticks for the antennae and legs.
After baking, brush them with honey
An edible version of locusts with honey!

Originally posted by member ChristineOC

Kitchen -- Ate locusts, yum! We made them with edible clay (honey!, peanut butter-as long as there are no allergies use soy butter if needed, and powdered milk), showed pictures of locusts so they knew how to shape them.

Great description of how locusts were actually eaten Bible Encyclopedia - locust look at the bottom of the article for locusts as food. Nice "icky" thing to read to the kids.

From member Staci Woodruff

You could focus on Jesus being baptized "to fulfill all righteousness" -- and liken it to following a recipe.

There are a couple of ways to look at this passage. Some people believe this fulfilled the law for him to be a priest. I'd never heard that till today, but think it is REALLY interesting! The other aspect is that his baptism was another way he became like mankind -- and setting an example for us -- showing us what we needed to do. Either way you look at it, following a recipe applies. And just about any recipe with multiple steps will do.

How was Jesus' baptism like a recipe?

Just like Jesus fulfilled the law in all other ways, he became our high priest by being baptized. (Read Heb 4:14 - 16) What does that mean to us today? Moderator updated this post by adding material from the Help forum to consolidate this topic.

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John the Baptist

Cooking Workshop
Grades K-3

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The focus will be on God’s message at the time of Jesus’ baptism, proclaiming that Jesus was His own Son, and God loved Him. The students will also learn that Jesus is God’s gift of love to all people. We, the baptized people of God are deeply loved by God the Father. The students will make a sugar cookie with “a stained glass heart or dove cut-out” of clear red candy in the center.

Supplies List:

  • Napkins,
  • cookie sheets,
  • parchment paper or aluminum foil,
  • hot pad holders,
  • oven,
  • cooling racks,
  • tubes of purchased sugar cookie dough (or use recipe attached),
  • cookie cutters, mallets,
  • hard red candies,
  • a knife to slice the rolls of dough (or a small bowl of sugar and a glass if using a homemade recipe.)
  • A picture of Jesus’ Baptism,
  • a candle and matches,
  • Children’s Bibles,
  • student journals,
  • colored pencils or markers.

Teacher Preparation:

  • Read and become familiar with the accounts of Jesus’ baptism in the four gospels.
  • Purchase prepared sugar cookie dough in a tube for slicing; or prepare sugar cookie dough that the students can roll into balls and flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.
  • Set out red candy, mallets, cookie dough, and cookie cutters on a clean working surface (such as white butcher paper or waxed paper).
  • Review the attached “Heart in Hand” cookie recipe. Following the directions carefully is essential.
  • Make sure that an assistant is available to help bake the cookies!


Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Welcome the students warmly. Invite them to thoroughly wash their hands in the kitchen with soap and warm water.

Say: Good morning everyone! We’re starting off the New Year by learning about the wonderful things that took place on the day of Jesus’ own Baptism. But first we’re going to make sugar cookies. The heart-shaped “stained glass” center is to remind us of God’s love for His Son Jesus and for us too! Let’s get started:

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Baking Time:

  1. Slice sugar cookie slices off for each student. (Or pass out a ball of dough to each student—demonstrate how to roll it into a smooth ball; then flatten it with a glass dipped in sugar.)
  2. Place each cookie on a foil or parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  3. Label each student’s cookie.
  4. Demonstrate how to coarsely crush the red candies with a mallet; assist students as needed.
  5. Use a miniature cookie cutter to cut a heart shape in the center of each cookie.
  6. Fill the cut out area just up to top of cookie with crushed red candy.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes, until cookies just barely begin to brown.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool completely before removing them from the foil.

Bible Story: The Baptism of Jesus:
Read aloud the story of Jesus’ Baptism from a Children’s Bible or a Children’s Bible story book. Mark 1:1-11 is a good account for young children.

Say: Jesus’ baptism is written about in all four of the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The story starts out with the work of Jesus’ cousin, whom we call John the Baptist, or John the Baptizer. John’s job was to tell people that someone great, Jesus the Christ, God’s Son, was coming. Let’s read the story. (1-2 minutes)

Show: a picture or illustration of Jesus’ Baptism.

Ask: Did you hear what God spoke from the clouds high above when Jesus was baptized? It’s the memory verse for this month. Let’s all say it together. (Practice several times.)

And a voice from Heaven said, “This is my Son whom I love; with Him I am pleased.” Luke Matthew 3:17 NIV

Journal Time – Apply the Lesson:
Say: This story did not end with Jesus’ Baptism. At the end of Jesus’ life on earth He said to His followers “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved.” Mark 16:15-16a The Message.

Say: The followers of Jesus did just what Jesus told them to do. Two thousand years later, people still believe God’s message of love and are baptized. You and I are the baptized people of God! When we were baptized God’s love was everywhere, all around us, and His love is still with us today.

Read: Water Come Down! The Day You Were Baptized by Walter Wangerin, Jr. -
(4-5 minutes) or substitute another children’s story about baptism.

Pass out student journals and markers or colored pencils. Invite the students to draw a picture of Jesus’ baptism, their own baptism, or the baptism of someone they know.

Snack Time:

  • Carefully remove the cooled cookies from the lined cookie sheets.
  • Distribute napkins and cookies to the students.
  • Light a candle to remind the students of a baptismal candle.

Table Prayer: Dear God, thank you for speaking from the clouds at Jesus’ baptism, telling us that Jesus is your Son; telling us that you love Him very much. Thank you for making us your sons and daughters too, because of the great gift of your Son Jesus. While we enjoy this morning snack together we ask together
“Come Lord Jesus, be our guest. Let these gifts to us be blest. Amen!"

Clean-up and Dismiss.


  • Water Come Down! The Day You Were Baptized by Walter Wangerin, Jr. ISBN 0-8066-3711-0
  • The cookie recipe idea was adapted from Heart-in-Hand Cookies

Cookie Recipe


  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter - softened
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour and a little extra
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 12-15 clear, red hard candies - we used red Lifesavers® out of a variety bag because they come in individual little bags that kept the candy from flying when we hit it with the mallet.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • A butter knife
  • A mixer
  • A rubber spatula
  • A flexible metal spatula - the kind you turn pancakes with
  • A Heart-in-Hand cookie cutter set (You can also use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter and a smaller heart-shaped cookie cutter that will fit inside it)
  • A rolling pin
  • A kitchen mallet
  • 2-3 cookie sheets
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • A little help from an adult or older sibling


  1. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and "cream" them together. Creaming butter and sugar means to beat them together until they are light lemon- colored and very smooth.
  2. Next add the eggs and vanilla then beat again.
  3. Now add the 2 1/2 cups of flour, the baking powder and the salt. Mix it all together. As you mix, the cookie dough will start to get stiff. Make sure you scrape all the flour from the sides of the bowl and mix it in well.
  4. Using your hands, form one or two balls of cookie dough.
  5. Wrap the cookie dough balls in plastic wrap and put them into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  6. When the cookie dough has chilled, take it out of the refrigerator.
  7. Turn the oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Prepare a cookie sheet by placing a sheet of aluminum foil on it. This will keep the candy from sticking to the sheet.
  9. Sprinkle a little flour on your rolling pin and on the counter or on a large glass cutting board. Using a cutting board will make clean-up easier.
  10. Roll the cookie dough out until it is 1/8 of an inch thick.
  11. Dip your cookie cutters into flour and gently shake most of it off.
  12. Place the hand cookie cutter on the dough and press down firmly. If you are using a large cookie cutter make sure that all the sides are pressed down evenly.
  13. Gently lift the cookie cutter and transfer the cookie to the cookie sheet. If the cookie gets stuck on the counter, use the flexible metal spatula to get the cookie up. Slide the tip of the spatula under the cookie dough and gently work your way under the cookie.
  14. When the hand-shaped cookie is safely on the sheet, place the heart- shaped cookie cutter in the middle, where the palm of the hand would be. Cut out the heart shape.
  15. Use the kitchen mallet to crush the hard candy. Don't crush it too much, you want it to stay in chunks.
  16. Place the red candy chunks in the heart-shaped cut-out in the cookie. Fill the hole until the candy is level with the dough surrounding it.
  17. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until the cookies are slightly brown.
  18. Take them out of the oven and cool them on the cookie sheet. Be patient! The cookies and their candy centers must be completely cool before you try to lift them off the foil or else the heart will be left behind.
  19. When the cookies are cool, lift them gently off the foil or peel the foil away from the candy heart. You will see the light shine through the ruby red heart in the middle of the cookie.


A lesson written by Kirsten from: Augustana Lutheran Church

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Jesus’ Baptism

Food – Locusts and a Skit

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Make "honey bugs" and learn the lesson through the use of a skit.

Scripture Reference:
Mark 1: 1-11

Supplies List:

  • crescent roll dough,
  • pretzel sticks,
  • raisins,
  • honey, 
  • honey butter,
  • cookie sheets,
  • spatula,
  • napkins

Leader Preparations:

  • Preheat the ovens.
  • Gather the materials.
  • Read the scripture ahead of time.


Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introductions:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Open with a prayer.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Explain: Some places today and in the past, there are people who have to scrounge for food or they would go hungry. They get their food from anywhere they can find it – kind of like survival training in the forest or desert. One source of food is bugs and insects.

Maybe John was not all that weird – if you were in the wilderness, what would you eat? Wild onions, leaves, berries, roots, insects, rodents, etc.

Where might you find the food? Dig in the dirt, under bark, around a dead tree, on bushes, etc.

Make ‘Honey Bugs’ (Idea from St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Regina – )

We are going to make a ‘Honey Bug’ to remind us about what John the Baptist ate in the wilderness. Have each child make a Honey Bug.

  • Unroll dough and divide into precut triangles. Shape each crescent roll triangle into a body and head of a bug (could roll it up, use scissors/knife to cut ‘wings’ and neck.)
  • Add raisins for eyes.
  • Break stick pretzels in smaller pieces and add for legs. (3 per side for insects, 4 per side for spiders.)
  • Bake as instructed on crescent roll package
  •  Either:
    • Brush with honey or honey butter (mixed ahead of time) after baking.
    • Serve with a cup/bowl with a dab of honey to dip their ‘bug’ into.

While the Honey Bugs are baking, have the kids perform the skit.

When the bugs are done baking, eat and enjoy!

Discussion: While eating, if time/desired. (Written by Rachel Haugland)

  • John was a special messenger from God. Who from the Old Testament told of this person coming? Isaiah
  • Was John the first person to ever baptize people? No, the Jews had a ritual washing for purification of the body and spirit. But Yes, John was the first person to baptize to forgive sins.
  • Many feel as if the beginning of Jesus’ ministry started when John baptized him. About how old was Jesus? 30 years old
  • Why do we baptize people now? Jesus told us to, a way to make more disciples for Jesus, include people in the Christian community, forgiveness of sins
  • Should we baptize babies, children or adults? God didn’t tell us what age, he just told us to do it, the Bible talks about baptizing families-which probably included all ages.
  • Should we ‘dunk’ or ‘sprinkle’ when we do a baptism? God didn’t tell us how, just to do it

Skit - "Prepare The Way!"

Characters: Isaiah, John, Person 1 & 2, baptized person, group, narrator, God, Jesus
Props: camel hair clothes, leather belt, rubber grasshopper, dove/bird

Isaiah: I am Isaiah from the Old Testament. God says there will be a special person to prepare the way for the Messiah! This messenger will live in the wilderness. He will tell everyone to shape up and make the right decisions.

John: (John- with camel hair clothes and leather belt - standing with person to be baptized. Group of people watching) I am John the Baptist. Turn away from your sins.

Person 1: (Standing off to the side, pointing at John) Look at John. He wears camel hair for clothes. His hair is long.

Person 2: Yah, but people come from all over to listen to him. They say they are sorry for their sins and John baptizes them in the river.

Person 1: Have you seen what he eats? Locusts and wild honey! Yuk!

John: Be baptized. (Pretend to dunk the person under the water and come back up) God forgives you!

Narrator: (Baptized person moves to the group. Enter Jesus) One day Jesus came and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. (John baptize/’dunk’ Jesus) The moment Jesus came up from the water, the heavens opened up. The Holy Spirit came down on Jesus, like a dove. (Bird flies down and rests on Jesus) A voice from heaven said,

God: (Heard, not seen) “You are my son, I love you, I am very pleased.”

Narrator: Christ told us to baptize people.

Jesus: Go and make disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

A lesson written by: Rachel Haugland

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@Chris Epstein

Here is the "recipe" in several places, but there are no pictures (so I hope you have fun experimenting and take time to come back and share pictures of what you and your kids create!) Basically, you use packaged crescent rolls and shape them into bug shapes (I would think just rolling the triangle up would work, unless you wanted it to have wings, and then you could roll part for the body and leave part flat for wings). Add pretzels for legs, raisins for eyes, brush with honey (before or after baking - each recipe has different instructions - I imagine it would be a toasty glaze if you put it on before baking). Bake as the crescent roll package instructs -- except I would think that if you use flat pieces for wings, it might bake quicker, so keep an eye on it.


Googling "bug recipes for kids" gives lots of other ideas, too (many with pictures). And check out Pinterest for bug recipes for kids. 

Have fun! 

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Respected scholar and biblical archaeologist, Jim Tabor, has an article that suggests "locusts" is a mis-translation of a similar word that can describe carob pods or honey cakes. Carob trees were and still are are cultivated in Israel and they are sometimes called locust trees. Their pod fruit tastes like chocolate and is called St John's Bread!

Very interesting read:

While we're mythbusting here, it's important to note that the hair John wore was likely soft camel's hair, and not the myth of prickly hair. It is the same description used in 2Kings1:8 to describe Elijah.  Thus, John's outfit was intentionally described like Elijah's mantle, a prophet's sign of authority. 

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Very interesting article about St John's Bread shared by Neil above!

googling "st John's bread recipe" brings up all sorts of interesting things, including this picture and source for the carob/locust pods:



This recipe looks yummy but Requires a lot of rising time. But a teacher could bake it for the class.

Here is a recipe for a quick bread with the carob powder that you could mix in class  it has to bake too long, but the teacher could bake one in advance for the first week's class and the one this week's class makes could be frozen and eaten by the next week's class, etc.

 You can also buy dried carob pods to show the kids and then grind them into a powder and use it as a flavoring or for a taste test.   (You grind the pod itself after you remove the seeds inside them. Those seeds, btw, can be planted!)  Pods are inexpensive and can be purchased online, or check your local Mediterranean or Turkish market. For those who aren't familiar with carob, it is the Middle Eastern equivalent to chocolate.

Happy recipe hunting! If you make or bake with carob, please Share what what you did! 


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