Scripture: John 1:1-18
Key Scripture Verse: John1:14 The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us. (Contemporary English Version)
“God loves us so much that he lets us be called His children, as we truly are.”
1 John 3:1 (CEV)
· God came to live among us as a person named Jesus.
· Jesus is God.
1. Students will remember that in Genesis God spoke and then each creation happened. It was God’s creation that brought light to the world and Jesus as a light to all of us.
2. Students will learn that God sent John the Baptist to tell people that a light that could give life to all people was coming to earth in the form of God’s son, Jesus.
3. Children will use color and form to create their own depictions of Jesus as the living example of God’s word.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag.
2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself. A short prayer thanking God for being a part of our lives would be appropriate. Ask God to help us to be aware of his presence so that we may do good things as Jesus has taught us.
1. Discuss the background to today’s story. Have the children use their Bibles to locate the story in John 1:1-18. The word “redemption” means a release from sin. Redemption is a second chance. In the Old Testament, Samuel said God doesn’t want your (animal) sacrifices. He wants you to obey him. (1 Samuel 15:22) We cannot determine what we will do to be accepted by God but must listen to Jesus as God’s word. Jesus came to help us understand that God created all life and his Word is a light, shining to guide us.
2. God sent John the Baptist to tell people that Jesus was coming as a light to lead people to have faith in God. (John 1:6-12) He said “Because of all that the Son is, we have been given one blessing after another...Jesus brought us undeserved kindness and truth. No one has ever seen God. The only Son who was closest to the Father, has shown us what God is like.” (John 1:16-18)
3. Jesus’ life and death as the true light redeems believers by making them “children of God.” (John 1:9-12) When we studied the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus we learned that Jesus died and rose from the dead to save our souls and give us everlasting life. Jesus’ life and death was God’s way of reminding us of how to live.
4. It is because Jesus and the message he taught was such a light that many artists show Jesus with a halo or ring of light about his head. We don’t know if Jesus wore white clothing, but he is usually shown wearing white because people think of him as a “light in the dark” – a path to be followed to find the right way.
5. Take a minute to talk to the children about the creation they are going to be doing in this workshop. Tell them that they can choose any story about Jesus to depict in a picture of cut shapes. Remind them of lessons during the past two years: Jesus teaching God’s message to Mary and Martha, helping the man who was let down through the roof, sharing God’s message with his disciples at the Last Supper, foretelling and suffering the betrayal, denial, trial and crucifixion and returning from the dead to remind his disciples of God’s wishes. Remind them of the banner that they helped assemble showing some of these stories (it may be good to visit the banner for a moment but do not keep the banner on display to be copied). Tell them that they can make a picture of any of these stories by cutting and pasting simple shapes.
1. Create! Pass out materials. Every child should choose a sheet of background paper in a color that will serve as a major part of the picture – blue for sky, tan for walls or brown for earth. Have them write their names on the back of the paper.
2. Using pencils and scissors, they can draw and cut separate shapes from scraps for Jesus’ robe, hair, skin and all the rest of the parts and the surrounding event. Have them start with the largest shapes. For example, if they cut out Jesus’ robe first, they can then hold it against other pieces of paper and draw and cut out hair, feet, etc. The picture should be all shape and color, no lines or details like eyes, mouths, etc. In places the shapes can be cut through or pierced to allow a contrasting color to show through.
3. When they have all the parts cut and arranged on the background, the pieces can be pasted down.
4. Clean up! Involve all kids in this so that you will have time to share together in the closing. You may want to have a prearranged signal or sound 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. Save any large scraps of paper for future weeks.
6. Turn out lights and lock the classroom door when leaving.
1. Shepherds will pass out the Journals and pencils/markers. The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson – Where does Jesus come from? What makes us children of God?
2. Encourage the children to think about what it means when we hear “the Word became flesh” at Christmastime
1. 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.
2. Pray! Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Thank God for giving us this marvelous world to be a part of.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop Bible study.
2. Check the art room to see what supplies exist. Make a sample so you will understand the process and pitfalls.
3. 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.
4. Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or use one of the group suggestions.
Construction paper 9” X 12” assorted colors including gray, brown and tan
Scraps of construction paper in assorted colors plus white
Paste or glue sticks