Bible: Matthew 3:1-17
Lesson: Baptism says to everyone that you believe in Jesus and will obey Him.
You go down into the water your old dirty self and come up out of the water new clean self. It says to everyone, “ I asked Jesus to live in my heart.” (boldly point to yourself)
How to Baptize: Have a baby doll with clothes and made dirty with mud. Dip the doll in water and show the children how baptism is done. Pretending the doll is a person say “Have you asked Jesus to come into your heart to forgive your sins and clean your life? Have you decided to obey Jesus with your whole life? Because you have said that Jesus is Lord of your life I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” –Go down into the water old and come up out of the water new–
Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. (Read from the Bible)
Matthew 3:13-16 13TJesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River. He wanted to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to stop him. He told Jesus, “I need to be baptized by you. So why do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be this way for now. It is right for us to do this. It carries out God’s holy plan.” Then John agreed. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened. Jesus saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove.
Important Point: Baptism is a “public announcement “(cup you hands around your mouth and say this part loudly) that you asked Jesus to live in your heart.
Direction: Print out Baptism of Jesus and Dove. There should be one dove and one print out for each child. Cut out the doves. Have the children color the Baptism of Jesus page. Put glue on the back of the body and head of the dove and allow the children to glue the dove to the top of the dove printed on the Baptism of Jesus page. If your class has the ability they give the children scissors to cut on the dotted lines of the dove to represent feathers.
Alternative: I always thought it would be neat to glue feathers to the birds wings and tail if you have the resources.
Materials: bowl of water, doll, mud, colors, scissors, and glue sticks (optional: white feathers)
Materials for Lesson: Large bowl with water, plastic doll, mud or washable paint mixed with dish soap, NIrV Bible (Have the pages book marked), towel
Baptism of Jesus (Click on link to download PDF)
I seriously have to work on the ratio of paint to dish soap. I used a 1 to 1 ratio, and as you can see, it didn’t work very well. I know mud works, but I had a hard time finding it in the concrete jungle surrounding the church. I will try to sample a different radio next week at church to see if I can get a combination of paint and dish soap that works. It would be really convenient for those who forget to bring their dirt to church (like me).
I also had a problem this week with popping heads. That is why there are so many clips pasted together. Stardom is a compelling force.