FAITH QUEST

The Last Supper (Revised)

March 12-April 9, 2006

Creation Station

 

Scripture:  Luke 22:7-23 or Mark:14:12-26

 

Key Scripture Verses:  Luke 22:19-20  “Jesus took some bread in his hands and gave thanks for it.  He broke the bread and handed it to his apostles.  Then he said, ‘ This is my body which is given for you.  Eat this as a way of remembering me.’  After the meal he took another cup of wine in his hands.  Then he said, ‘This is my blood.  It is poured out for you.’”    (Contemporary English Version)

 

Memory Verse:  Luke 22:19 Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”  (NIV)

 

Offering:  One Great Hour

 

Concepts:

·        Jesus taught us to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and wants us to do it to remember him.

·        The Holy Spirit is with us in Communion.

·        Celebrating Communion is one way to give thanks to God..

·        We treat the bread and wine with respect because they are special symbols of God’s love.

                                           

Objectives:

1. Learn that Jesus first thanked God and then shared the bread and wine.

2. Understand that the bread and wine are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus.

3. Recognize that Jesus used this meal to help us to remember him.

4.  Children will create a stained glass picture of the Communion elements.

 

Procedure:

Welcome and Introductions:

 

1.  Welcome the children and introduce yourself.  Wear your name tag. Make sure that everyone is in the right classroom!  Children will either already have name tags on, or will get a name tag from their shepherd. Make sure that you know everyone’s name and greet the students individually. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.

 

2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Perhaps: Spirit of Jesus, be with us as we learn more about the meaning of your words.  Amen.

 

Bible Lesson:

1.  Today’s story takes place on the Thursday after Palm Sunday.  Jesus was with his apostles for a Passover meal in Jerusalem.  Perhaps some of you remember learning about Moses leading the Jewish people out of Egypt.  That happened about one and a half thousand years before Jesus’ time.  After their escape, Jewish people have celebrated the anniversary of their freedom with Passover ceremonies of praying, singing, and special foods.  The foods like lamb, bitter herbs, flat bread, and wine reminded them of the Jewish people’s escape from slavery.

 

2.  Jesus knew that this supper would be his last meal with his close friends.  Many of these friends had been traveling with him learning and teaching God’s word for the past three years.  Jesus knew that he was going to be betrayed by Judas, who was there at the meal.  He knew that by the next night his body would be put on a cross and he would be dead and buried.  He also knew that through God’s power, he would come alive again on Easter Sunday.  He was sad, but he didn’t cry or yell at Judas.  Instead, he used the bread and the wine from the meal to remind his disciples about who he was and how he should be remembered.  Today, churches all over the world remember Jesus at this meal as they celebrate Communion.  They use Jesus’ same words as they pass out bread and wine or grape juice.  Wine is made from grapes, so either drink is used.  When these elements are shared, they are no longer just food and drink.  They become a symbol of Jesus’ life and teachings and a reminder of the presence of the Holy Spirit.  They also become a way for us to thank God for sending Jesus.

 

3.  Can you picture Jesus and his friends at this last meal?  They were in an upstairs room, most likely sitting on cushions on the floor.  A low table would have been spread with the special foods, arranged on clay dishes.  The wine was probably in a clay pitcher and people drank it from clay cups that did not have stems or handles.  The bread would have been flat or unleavened to remember the people escaping from Egypt who were in such a hurry that they did not have time to wait for bread to rise before baking it.  This is somewhat different from how some artists paint the scene and from what may be seen at some Communion services.

 

4. But, the important thing about Communion is not to copy it exactly, but to receive the spirit of God by listening to Jesus’ words while receiving the bread and grape juice.  These words from your Bibles describe the event: “Jesus took some bread in his hands and gave thanks for it.  He broke the bread and handed it to his apostles.  Then he said, ‘ This is my body which is given for you.  Eat this as a way of remembering me.’  After the meal he took another cup of wine in his hands.  Then he said, ‘This is my blood.  It is poured out for you.’”

 

Application:

1.  Create!  READ the Bible lesson (1-4 above) with expression. 

 

2.  Tell the children that they will create a picture of the Communion elements imitating the stained glass technique.  Show them reproductions of stained glass windows.  Note how the windows are divided into a grid with metal bars for strength.  Within each grid section, pieces of colored glass are held together with thinner pieces of metal.  Point out the arrangement of clay dishes, grapes and bread.  Ask the children to study the arrangement so that they can include all that is necessary in a picture of Communion.

 

3.  Have children put on smocks and tell them that because they will be using permanent markers they should be careful not to mark their clothes.  Pass out pieces of transparent film and markers.  Steps:  Use black to draw outlines of the elements.  Pretend that the lines are strips of metal that hold the glass together (It would be more authentic if they draw a simple grid, but this is not essential).  Fill colors in after these outlines are completed.  Yellow or brown can be used for the bread and clay, red or purple for the grapes.  Blue or green would make a nice background.

 

4.  Clean up!  Involve everyone in cleaning up so that you will have time to share together in the closing. You may want to have a pre-arranged signal for clean up and tell them at beginning of art project what that will be - perhaps giving them a 5 minute warning and then the final clean up notice to allow those who need a bit more warning that they need to complete whatever they are working on.

 

5.  Turn out lights and lock the classroom door when leaving. 

 

Reflection Time:

1.  Ask the shepherds to pass out journal pages and pencils/markers.  The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson – Before Jesus shared the bread, what did he do?  Why did Jesus share the bread and wine in this way on that night?  What does the bread stand for?  What does the wine represent?  The Communion service is a formal way for people to gather together to remember Jesus.  In our every day lives, what other things do we remember about Jesus? 

 

2.  At 10:40 ask the kids to put away their pencils/markers and prepare for the closing prayer.

 

Closing:

1.  Encourage the children to show their “window” and share their thoughts about what Jesus means to them.

                                                                                                 

2.  Tell them where their Pennies will be given.

 

3.  Say the Key Memory Verse together (see above). You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can take home.

 

4.  Pray! Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Prayer (suggestion): Lord Jesus, who gave your life so that we may know God better, thank you for teaching us how to celebrate your memory in the Communion service.  Be with us during the week reminding us to share our love with others as you do with us.  Amen

 

Teacher preparation in advance:

1. Read the scripture passage and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop.

 

2.  Practice reading the Bible story (above) with expression.

 

3.  Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.

 

4.  Experiment with what the children will be doing.

 

5.  Set up the display.  Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process.  Have the materials ready to go.  There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.

 

6.  Decide how you want to close the lesson.  Prepare a prayer, ask for suggestions, or use suggestion provided.

 

Materials:

Props – plain clay pitcher, plate and cup (possibly borrow Communion pieces from

 Worship Committee)

Dark pita bread

Red grapes on stem – real or artificial

8 x 10 transparent film (type used for overhead projection will work) – may be halved

Permanent markers – Sharpie and broader ones

Examples of stained glass windows (supplied in office file)