Jesus’ Baptism (K-1) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Jan 3 — 2010 Camp SunLand Jesus’ Baptism (Mark 1) Baptism tells the story of how we love Jesus and want to obey Him

IF YOU ARE PLANNING A LESSON ON BAPTISM, ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN, HERE IS A RESOURCE THAT I HAVE USED AS WELL. I CAN’T PUBLISH IT ON THIS SITE AS IT IS AUTHORED BY SOMEONE ELSE, BUT HERE IS A LINK.  (If you order from this site, we receive a small tent-making kick-back. Thanks).

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

Introducing the big idea (3 Minutes – keep it moving so kids stay tuned in)

TELLING A STORY WITHOUT EVEN TALKING!!

I can tell a lot about you when you come in the door to SunLand without you even saying anything to me.

If you come in with a great big smile (smile) – that tells the story of someone who is having a really good day and is excited and happy.

If you come in with a face that looks like this (pout) – that tells me you aren’t having the best day and maybe you had an argument, or maybe you didn’t get enough sleep…anyway, the story it tells me you aren’t happy at all!

If I see you whispering into someone else’s ear like this (act out whispering with your hand to your mouth as if you are telling a secret) – what story does that tell me? (let them give some answers). It tells me that you have a story that you want to tell, but you don’t want everyone to hear it.  It tells me you have a secret.

What story do I tell if I do this (rub your stomach as if you are so hungry) – it tells the story that I am hungry.

What story do I tell if I do this (yawn) – it tells the story that I am tired.

What story do I tell you if I do this (look and act sick) – it tells the story that I am feeling very sick)

What story do I tell you if I do this (jump around as if your foot really hurts) – it tells the story that I have hurt my foot.

–                You see, there are things that we DO that tell a story about us.

–                Some things we DO tell a story about how we feel – like if I hug someone, that tells them I am happy to see them.

–                Some things we DO tell a story about what we like or don’t like – like if I taste something sour I might make a sour face (get the kids to show a sour face).

–                Things that we DO tell other people a lot, even without us saying anything!!

Transition – introduce the word “Baptism”

* Use 2 jugs of water for this part

Today we are going to talk about something we can DO that tells other people the story of what we believe and how we feel about Jesus.  And one of the things we are going to do involves this…

(take the pitcher of water, hold it fairly high and pour it into the other empty jug)

…what is this? (water) Why do you think water is going to be an important part of our story today??

Today we are going to talk about something we DO…it is actually something we do in the water…it is something called Baptism. Can you say that with me? (get the kids to say the word)

Has anyone ever seen someone being baptized? (if someone has, get them to describe it).

What Does The Word Baptism Mean?

* Props for this section are pieces of white paper towel and food dye

The word baptism literally means to “be dipped.”

Back in Jesus time, the cloth merchants would color cloth by dipping it in a dye. When it came up out of the solution, it was a different color.

It was a bit like this: (take a piece of paper towel and show the kids how it is one color, but when you dip it into the food dye it becomes another color, emphasize how the paper towel has been changed)

The word “Baptism”means to be dipped.

  • When people are baptized they walk into the water and dip under the water and come up again
  • this is something we DO to show other people how Jesus is changing us.
  • Like the cloth is changed, our lives are changed by Jesus.
  • When we are baptized it shows that we want to obey Jesus and we want to follow Him.

Jesus taught us that baptism is important, by being baptized himself!

The Bible Story Part One – DVD “John The Baptist”

In December we learned how Jesus was born to Joseph and Mary.  For the next few months we are going to learn a lot more about what Jesus did and said when he was all grown up.

Today we are going to learn about something very important that Jesus did.

1.            DVD – Jesus’ Baptism

The Bible Story Part Two – Retell the Story

This story about Jesus is found in the Bible about half way through (demonstrate where the New Testament is…then set the Bible to the side and use the pictures with this story written on the back)

When Jesus was 30 years old, He went from his home to a river that was close by. There He met a man named John who was telling the people to change their ways and do what is right because the Lord was coming soon. John baptized the people in the water who decided they wanted to change and follow God.

John showed people how baptism is a sign of that decision. With baptism people would walk into the water and John would help them dip their head under the water and then help them up again…that was to show that their sins had been washed away, they were washed clean and all those old ways were gone and they were coming up to live a new life.

Jesus came to John and asked John to baptize Him. At first, John did not want to do this because Jesus was perfect and did not do wrong.

Jesus then explained that being baptized was something that God wanted Him to do as an example for everyone else. It was a way to show everyone that Jesus was obeying God and following God. It was something he wanted all of us to do when we decided to obey God and follow God.

So John took Jesus into the river and baptized Him.

When Jesus came up out of the water, the Bible says that the Heavens opened and God’s Spirit came down like a dove.

Then a voice from Heaven spoke and said, “This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with Him.”

John told the people that Jesus was God’s Son. He knew this because of what he saw that day.

Jesus obeyed God. He did everything that His Father told Him.

Baptism and Me (what do we need to understand about Baptism)

Using a few toys and background props, we want to act out the process of following Jesus and the choice to be baptized…we will emphasize different things for different age groups.  For the younger children, we are introducing the idea of baptism and that someday they will want to obey Jesus by taking this step.

Narrate this and use the toy to act out what you are saying…if you can get a child to help you, that would be good too!

(show the little toy-person)This is Johnny

Johnny has been hearing about Jesus and all the wonderful things He did and how Jesus loves Johnny.

Johnny wants to live the way that Jesus wants him to.

(show the little Bible) This is the Bible. The Bible says that we need to agree with Jesus that we do things that are wrong. When we do wrong things, that is called sin.  The Bible says that we need to be forgiven of our sins. Let’s pretend that sin is the color black.  The Bible tells us that Jesus came to the earth to offer us that forgiveness and to clean us up from sin. Jesus died on the cross for our sin. That is the color red.  The Bible says when we ask Jesus to come into our life and forgive us, Jesus comes into our life and does that and washes all our sin away…that is the color white.

(show Johnny in his house) One day Johnny was at home and he was thinking about Jesus and how Jesus died on the cross to forgive him.  So Johnny said some simple words to Jesus,

“Dear Jesus. I believe in you. I know that I do things that are wrong. I sin.  Please forgive me. Thank you forgiving me. I want to live the way you want me to live, which is the best way to live!  Thank you for showing me the way.”

Johnny felt so happy that He had done this!! That day, Jesus came to live in Johnny’s heart. Johnny decided He would obey Jesus all the days of his life.

Johnny prayed that prayer at home. But he could have prayed it anywhere because Jesus can hear us wherever we are!

(show Johnny outside scene by the lake, with people standing in the lake) When Johnny was a little older he saw people being baptized one day.  It was at the lake and people walked into the lake with a friend and they talked about how they had invited Jesus into their life.  They said that Jesus said if you believed in him and were old enough to understand what following him meant, that you should be baptized too.  They talked about how they loved Jesus and wanted to follow him and do what he asked.

Someone at the baptism said that baptism told a story about how Jesus died for us so that all our sins could be washed away, just like the water washed us clean.  When we go under the water it tells people that we understand that Jesus died for our sins. When we come up from the water it tells people that we understand that Jesus is changing us and has given us a new and forgiven life. It tells people we want to follow Jesus.

(Johnny at the park, by the swings) After the baptism Johnny decided that when he was a bit older, he would be baptized too because he wanted all of his friends to know that Jesus was the leader of his life.  Baptism tells people the story about how you love Jesus and want to obey him and Johnny knew that one day he would be baptized too.”

The Bible Verse To Memorize for January

EXPLAIN: This is such an important verse!  This verse talks about how God loves the whole world so much he sent Jesus to die for our sins so that we would not be lost and unforgiven, but that we can be forgiven and be changed by him.  When we understand this verse and invite Jesus to forgive us…then someday we will want to be baptized to show all of our friends that we are followers of Jesus!

Stepping Stones…

We will have the verse with pictures. Start by going over it several times.  Then tell the kids that each word is a stepping stone to get to the other side of a river (we will have a poster with a river you can use). After you have gone over the verse a few times, see who can build a bridge by themselves. They get a stone for each word they get right. The toy person needs all the stones to get across. Say “We will do this next week too, so work on your verse at home so you can get all the stepping stones!”

Verse:     “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16”

Blessing

Teachers, at the end of every lesson have all the children sit quietly while you pray over them.  You do not have to use these words below…but they are from the Bible and you could certainly add them to whatever you pray. Let us not miss the opportunity to impart a spiritual blessing on each child.

“I pray this blessing over each one of you.

Each of you is precious in God’s sight.

God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.

I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.

Amen.”

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