The Last Supper
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Making communion bread and juice for use in the classroom, home, or worship.
Exodus 12:37-39 and storybook.
- Read through the recipe.
- Gather the materials.
- Birthday candle
- Candy cane
- Sparkler or firecracker
- Candy heart box
- Package or can of black-eyed peas
- Can of cranberry sauce
- Grapes and juice making supplies
- Bread making supplies (see recipe suggestions below)
- Baking sheets
- Ziploc bags
- Juice jars
- Last Supper Crossword Puzzle (see Resources below)
- "God’s Story" by Karyn Henley (or any children's storybible that tells the Last Supper)
Advanced Preparation Requirements:
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Ask the children to tell you what special celebration they can think of as you hold up each item (birthday candle, candy cane, cascarone, sparkler or firecracker , candy heart box, package or can of black-eyed peas, can of cranberry sauce).
Say: “Sometimes eating one particular thing at a meal year after year makes it more special.” Refer to a few of the items and share a special memory of that celebration. (For example; “When I see a birthday candle, I remember my daughter’s first birthday) “Having a special meal to remind us of something is a very old custom. The Bible story we are going to learn about today tells how Jesus had a special meal with His disciples and used it as a symbol for His disciples, and us, to remember Him.
Dig- Main Content and Reflection
Read the story of the Last Supper from the Children’s Bible God’s Story by Karyn Henley on page 608. Be sure to tell the children that this is just another way to tell the story that is found in every one of the gospels in their Bible. “Does anyone know which books are called the gospels?” (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)
“The story calls the meal that Jesus wanted to eat with the disciples the Passover. Who can tell me what the Passover meal was?” (Allow children to give answers and fill in the blanks, explaining that Passover was a special celebration that the Jews held every year to remember the time that God freed them from slavery in Egypt.)
“Did you know that Jesus and all the disciples were Jewish so it was natural for them to participate in this holiday celebration every year—just like Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter every year. But Jesus did a special thing with this meal. Who can tell me what it was?” (He told them that every time they eat the bread and drink the wine they should remember Him.) “That’s why today we call it the Lord’s Supper. Jesus is our Lord and we are to remember Him at this special celebration.”
“What do you think Jesus wants us to remember about Him?” (accept all answers)
“Sometimes we only remember about Jesus when we are in church doing church things. Jesus wants us to remember Him all the time—that He died on the cross so that your sins could be forgiven and you could be a new creation. So even though Jesus tells us to remember Him when we eat the bread and drink the juice, we should remember Him all the time. It wasn’t just a little thing He did for us. HE DIED ON THE CROSS FOR US! He died on the cross for (repeat the sentence and name each child).”
“How does that make you feel?” (accept all answers and then share with the kids how it makes you feel)
“Jesus died on the cross for everyone, but not everyone chooses to put their trust in Him and exchange their life for His. If have never done that or you are not sure if you have, your shepherd would love to talk with you about how you can do that. While we are doing our activity today, just tell them you would like to talk to them for a minute about something and they can spend time with you explaining how you can do that.”
WORMY EDITOR'S NOTE:
Your church may permit a classroom celebration of Communion using the bread and juice the children have made. Ask your pastor.
You may also use the bread and juice in the church's celebration of communion as it can be frozen.
Whichever way you choose, please let the children TASTE their handiwork, practice taking communion, if not fully taking it, and take some HOME. These are not magical elements.
Say: “Today we are going to make our own bread and juice to use in another workshop on another day. When you go to that workshop, you will participate in a Passover Meal called a Seder. We will not be celebrating the Lord’s Supper in here today because the Lord’s Supper is a time just for Christians, or people who want to put their trust in Jesus. If you do, or want to, you are welcome at Christ's Table!" (ask)
Lead the children to make unleavened bread using one of the recipes included.
Tell the children that we will not be making bread like they eat in their sandwiches but we will be making bread that is flat, or unleavened. “That means that it doesn’t have any ingredients in it that make it rise, like yeast or baking powder. There is a special reason for that. Remember we said that the Passover was a special meal to remember the time when God freed the Jews from slavery. Listen while I read about that time.”
Read Exodus 12:37-39. “The Jewish slaves in Egypt did not have time to let the bread rise before they had to leave, so when the Passover is celebrated, we also eat unleavened bread to remember the speed with which they had to move once God gave them instructions.”
While it is baking, you will make grape juice. Decide which "grape juicing method” you want to use (either stomping the grapes in a small tub with their feet covered in ziploc bags or crushing grapes in individual ziploc bags). Transfer the juice into a jar to be used later. When the bread cools, place it in ziploc bags to be used later. If time allows, children may complete the Last Supper Crossword Puzzle.
Be sure to pray with the kids, thanking God for the special times that He gives us and especially for the special celebrations that help us remember Jesus.
Have the children assist with the cleanup and close with a prayer.
Online FREE "Last Supper" Crossword Puzzles & Other Activities
https://sundayschoolzone.com/activity/the-last-supper-coloring-page-2/ (Coloring Page)
Unleavened Bread Recipes
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
2 tsp oil
1/4 c water
Sift flour and salt and mix butter into flour until it forms "peas". Mix oil and water and add to flour; mix this until it leaves the sides of the bowl. Put a small amount of flour on a bread board and knead dough lightly. Add a small of amount of flour and press flat with your hand. Roll out as thin as possible. Pick it up, turn it over and roll out thin again. Perforate with a fork and bake on a cookie sheet 8 minutes at 400 degrees.
5/8 c. white flour
3/4 c. wheat flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 C and 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 C. honey
1/4 C and 1 Tbsp. hot water
Combine dry ingredients, then add oil, honey and water.
Roll out dough to about an 8" x 12" piece on a cookie sheet.
Use knife to score dough into square pieces about 1" x 1". Do not cut completely through the dough.
Bake at 350 deg. until there are no more dark (wet) areas visible and edges are slightly brown. (Usually 5-10 minutes)
Let sit and cool enough to handle and remove from pan.
2 1/3 cup wheat flour
1 cup white flour
2 tablespoon margarine
2 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoon sugar
Grease cookie sheets. Melt the margarine, mix the wet ingredients well and mix the dry ingredients well. Mix together and knead well with extra flour. Flatten onto the cookie sheets and brush with olive oil. Bake 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees.
A lesson written by Jamye Cappadonna from: Grace Point Church
San Antonio, Texas
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