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Rejection at Nazareth and Wedding at Cana - Matthew 13:53-58, Luke 4:20-30. John 2:1-11.

Bible lessons and ideas about the Wedding at Cana -with Art, craft, painting, construction, drawing, etc.


Note from Cathy: I did not write this good lesson. The credit goes to Tim N, a member of my church, for whom I am posting it. This lesson is based on an idea from member SheilaB. Additional lesson suggestions have been posted below by member Neil MacQueen.  Enjoy.


Wedding at Cana

Art Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

There will be a slideshow of different pictorial portrayals of the Wedding at Cana. Then the students will be asked to make their own portrayal using the materials provided.

Workshop-specific Goals:

  • Children will look at different depictions of the Wedding at Cana to see how different people portray the miracle.
  • Create their own work of art based on their understanding of this miracle.

Leader Preparation:

  1. Review Bible Background notes.
  2. Gather the Materials

Materials List: 

  • Bibles 
  • Journaling Pages
  • Laptop with Pictures in Slideshow (Will be provided by Tim on the mornings of lessons.)
  • CD Player with CD for background music while children work on project. (Player in Room, CD)
  • Paper—White and colored
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Modeling Clay
  • Tempera Paint
  • Water Colors
  • Brushes
  • Paint Clothing
  • Colored tissue paper scraps
  • Fun foam scraps
  • Aluminum Foil


Advance Preparation:

  • Refer to schedule and decide how you will make adjustments for the different ages.
  • Look at the pictures in the slideshow so that you know which ones you want to talk about
  • Have the materials set out before the class begins. It would be less distracting to the students if they sat at an empty table for the Bible story.

 



Presentation

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction: 

1. Make sure you have your nametag on. Introduce yourself to the students.

2. Open with a prayer if guide did not. 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

3. Introduction & Bible Story:

Read the Bible Story from John 2: 1-11. Have the children find the story in the Bibles.

Questions to Ask:

  • What miracle did Jesus do here? 
  • Did the guests at the wedding HAVE to have wine—would they die without it? (No) So, why did He perform this miracle? (cared about the people, to reveal His glory—to be a sign) 
  • Can you think of another story in the Bible that involves Jesus and wine? (the Last Supper)
  • Jesus takes the cup of wine and tells His disciples to drink. What does Jesus say that this wine is? (His blood) 
  • Why should they drink it and why do we go to communion? (because Jesus’ blood was poured out for us for the forgiveness of our sins. 
  • So while wine is nice to drink, the blood of Jesus is even more important.
  • What do you think your reaction would have been if you were one of the servants, the master of the banquet, one of the disciples, Mary?

4. Activities:

Show the pictures of the different paintings of the wedding at Cana. Talk about how each person shows it differently—point out a few of those differences. What do you think the artist was thinking about when they did this?

Ask the children to close their eyes for a few moments. Have them think about these questions just in their heads—no talking or sharing:

  • What is the most important part of the miracle for you?
  • What do you like best about this miracle?

Point out the different art materials. You will have the rest of the class period to make your own version of this miracle. Do not try to copy one of the pictures you saw earlier—this is your own creation (do NOT show the pictures from the slideshow again!!). Have them make their own portrayals using the materials provided. Play music CD in background as they work.

5. Reflect/Closure: Have the children describe their projects to the rest of the class—not so much the “technique” but the thinking behind the project.

6. Journal Topic (last 5 minutes of class):
Help the guide to hand out pencils/pens and the student folders. Hand out the journaling pages from the teaching box. The children should find a place to sit quietly and think and write in their journals. You and the guide may need to help the younger children with their writing. Another option for younger children is to draw a picture about the topic.

Grade 1-6: What was your art project? What important things does it tell about this miracle?

Closing:

End with prayer.


Age Adaptations
For both age groups, the children may require help with making their projects. Help them, but don’t give them too much in the way of suggestions. We are trying to see what they come up with on their own.


A lesson from St. John Lutheran Church

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Suggestions for the above Art Project:

First....Thanks Cathy and Tim for a good Art lesson!


1.  Needs some additional content about WHAT TO LOOK FOR in the various artistic depictions of the story. For example, in one famous artwork, we see Jesus acting calm and sure, while others around him are upset. Why would Jesus be able to act like that?  What does he know that the others don't?   In another painting, we see Jesus dancing at the wedding. Does that surprise you to see our Lord dancing?


2. Where to find the artwork?  Google Images. They can be saved and shown on a laptop (or projected in the room), or printed.


3. Alternate Art Project: 

Option #1:  S&S Craft makes a water bottle "holder" that you can color/paint.

Amazon sells them under the name of "Color-Me Water Bottle Holder Craft Kit".

Design the holder with key images, words, and verse about God's goodness/feast.

Then...have the kids mix up various kinds of koolaid. holder But here's the thing:  put the powdered koolaid in NEW containers and LABEL the various powders with good things found in God's Kingdom.   Demonstrate then let them mix various powders together to create a unique flavor and color.Let them try it out in small amounts. Use small cups of water to experiment.

Discuss, THEN have them create a powder mix in the correct proportion to go in a BOTTLE OF WATER. Cap off and shake, and put in their new holder.

They have just made their own sweet reminder of the Wedding Feast Jesus wants us to celebrate.

Additionally, they could also make their own LABELS for the bottled water. And they could make extras to share or give out to members.

Option #2:

VERY LARGE OUTDOOR STORAGE JARs/POTs can be found online and at larger craft stores.  They make them out of plastic.  OR, you could get a bunch of 5 gallon water jugs with handles. (Check with your local water company for jugs that they are not going to refill due to scrapes).

On one side of the jug (or on some of the jugs) have the kids decorate it with the words "water" and "common gifts".

On the other side of the jug (or other jugs) decorate it with the words "wine" and images/words that describe GOOD THINGS IN THE KINGDOM (wine= love, grace, joy, peace, serving, feasting, sharing, forgiving, dancing).  These words would describe the Kingdom Feast which Jesus is giving us a "foretaste" of in this miracle. 

You could then add some printed versions of the images you found on the web, --cutting them out and applying them with glue to the jar. You could also have kids use paint pens to draw themselves into the feast with Jesus on the jug.

Neil

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