Friday, June 20, 2014

Communion Children's Sunday School Lesson on the Last Supper

Includes 2 lessons

Jesus Teaches His Disciples 

How to Serve One Another

Use this children’s Sunday School lesson to teach children about serving others.

Needed: Bibles, drawing paper, crayons or colored pencils

Intro Game: Good and Faithful Servant – Tell the students that you’re going to play a game in which you’re the Master, and they’re your servants. You’re going to name something you want, and they have 15 seconds to bring you what you asked for.

Anything that meets your criteria counts. If a student can’t bring you what you asked for within 15 seconds, they’re out. Items you already have in front of you count if they can apply it to meet the new criteria. The last one in the game wins and becomes the Master for the next round.

Some ideas of what to ask for include:

Something of a certain color
Something of a certain shape
Something that reminds you of the Bible
Something that reminds you of Jesus
Something you would use for a certain purpose

Part of the fun could be naming criteria that a lot of items meet and then narrowing it down to criteria that only a few items in your area meet.

Play 2-3 rounds and then explain that they were all good servants because they all tried to bring you what you asked for. Even though some of them couldn’t find what you wanted, none of them said they wouldn’t do it. They all tried.

Lesson: Ask students, Who do you think is the greatest person who ever lived?

Who do you think is greater, people who have servants, or the servants? People who are bosses, or people who listen to the boss? The king or the people in the kingdom? The President or the rest of the people in the country?

If you’re the greatest person in the world, do you think you would have people working for you, or would you work for other people?

(Read John 13:1.)

“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.”

Did Jesus know He was going to die soon? (Yes.)

The reason Jesus came to Earth was to die on the cross to take our punishment so that we could be forgiven for our sins.

(Read John 13:2-8.)

“The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.

“He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’

“Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’

“’No,’ said Peter, ‘You shall never wash my feet.’

“Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.’”

Why didn’t Peter want Jesus to wash his feet?

Peter knew that Jesus is God and that Jesus is the greatest person who ever lived. People should be doing things for Jesus instead of Jesus doing things for other people.

(Read John 13:9-15.)

“’Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!’

“Jesus answered, ‘Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.’ For He knew who was going to betray Him, and that was why He said not every one was clean.

“When He had finished washing their feet, He put on His clothes and returned to His place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ He asked them. ‘You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

Why did Jesus wash His disciples’ feet? (To give them an example of what they are supposed to do)

Everyone is supposed to do things for other people. No one is just supposed to have people do things for them. Everyone is equal, and everyone is supposed to do things for others instead of thinking that they’re greater than someone else. No one is greater than anyone else. Only Jesus is greater because He was part of God. Other people are just regular people. We’re all the same.

(Read John 13:16.)

“Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.”

Jesus was the Master, and the disciples were the servants. The disciples were the messenger, and Jesus was the one who sent them.

Jesus says that if even He did things for other people, then the disciples have to do things for other people too. They’re not more important than Jesus, so they can’t say that they don’t have to do something that Jesus did.

(Read John 13:17.)

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

If we know that Jesus told us to do things for other people, and we do them, what will happen to us? (We will be blessed.)

God will reward us if we listen to Jesus and do things for other people as He said.

Craft: Serving Suggestion – Give students drawing supplies and have them draw a picture of themselves doing something for someone else. When they’re finished, have them tell the class about their picture.

Game: Good and Faithful Servant – Play the intro game again and emphasize they’re serving the Master by getting what they want but that then, they get a chance to be served by others. We’re all supposed to serve each other.

Closing Prayer: Jesus, we thank You for setting the example of how we should treat other people. Help us to think of ways that we can serve others as You did. Amen.

Last Supper - Communion

Use this children’s Sunday School lesson to teach children about what the sacrament means and how Jesus started it at the Last Supper.

Needed: Bibles, a Communion set (It’s up to you whether your church will allow you to have Communion with the children. If not, simply show them the items used in Communion.)

Intro Game: Traitor Among Us! – Have students close their eyes. Explain that when you walk among them and tap one student on the shoulder, that student is the Traitor. When you tap them, they should look up and point to another student.

Have everyone open their eyes and say that the student the Traitor pointed to is not the Traitor. Students then have the opportunity to guess who the Traitor is. If they guess more than one person, have them take a vote. If the majority votes for the actual Traitor, they win and the game is over. Choose a new Traitor and play again.

If the majority is wrong, the person the Traitor pointed at is out. Have everyone close their eyes and then, ask the Traitor to point to another student. The game continues until students guess the real Traitor or the Traitor is one of the last two students left. If the Traitor makes it to the end, they win.

Play as long as time allows. Then, explain that one of Jesus’ disciples was a traitor.

Lesson: Ask students, What is Communion?

Why do we take Communion?

“Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him over to you?’ So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand Him over.”

It says that Judas offered to be a traitor to Jesus and help the priests arrest Jesus. Why would Judas be a traitor to Jesus? (Judas didn’t really believe in Jesus. He just wanted to get money from the priests.)

“On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for You to eat the Passover?’

“He replied, ‘Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, “The Teacher says: ‘My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

“When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, He said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray Me.’

They were very sad and began to say to Him one after the other, ‘Surely You don’t mean me, Lord?’

“Jesus replied, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with Me will betray Me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about Him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.’

“Then Judas, the one who would betray Him, said, ‘Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?’

“Jesus answered, ‘You have said so.’”

How did Jesus know that Judas was a traitor? (God told Him. God knows everything, even before it happens.)

(Read Matthew 26:26.)

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is My body.’”

Jesus and His disciples were having the first Communion. What does Jesus say the bread is in Communion? (Jesus' body.)

“Then He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’”

What does Jesus say the wine, or grape juice, is in Communion? (Jesus' blood.)

So, when you see the bread being broken for Communion, it’s supposed to remind you of all the pain that Jesus went through in His body when He died. And when you see the wine or grape juice being poured into the cup for Communion, it's supposed to remind you of how Jesus bled and died on the cross.

Optional Activity: Administer Communion to your students if this is allowed in your church.

Optional Game: The Life of Jesus Relay – Divide students into two or more teams. When you say, “Go!” the first student on each team will perform the first leg of the relay race, traveling to the other side of your play area and back to their team. The second student on each team then does the second leg, and so on until that team completes the last leg. The first team to complete all legs of the race wins.

Leg 1. Crying. Cry like a baby to show Jesus was born as a baby.

Leg 2. Crawl. Crawl like a baby to show that Jesus had to crawl when he was little.

Leg 3. Slow Walk. Walk slowly like a one-year-old to show that Jesus had to learn to walk.

Leg 4. Run. Run like a child, as Jesus did when He was a boy.

Leg 5. Hammer the Ground. Hit the ground like you’re a man hammering nails to show that Jesus learned how to be a carpenter.

Leg 6. Spin. Spin around saying, “You’re healed! You’re healed!” to show that Jesus helped all the people around Him.

Leg 7. Crucifix Run. Run with your arms outstretched to the sides to show that Jesus was crucified on a cross.

Leg 8. Backward Walk. Walk backward with your arms crossed over your chest to show that Jesus died.

Leg 9. Skip. Skip, yelling, “Ta-da!” to show that Jesus came back to life.

Game: Traitor Among Us! – Play the intro game and remind students that Judas betrayed Jesus.

Closing Prayer: Jesus, we thank You for coming to die on the cross to take the punishment for our sin. Help us to believe in You just like Your disciples did during that first Communion. Amen.

Recommended Extras

Superbook: The Last Supper – an animated video from the updated Superbook series, includes time-traveling children who learn lessons from the story

The Last Supper: The King of Kings Becomes the Servant of All

God’s Story: The Last Supper – free 3-4-minute video explaining Jesus washing His disciples’ feet and the first Communion

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet and The Last Supper – free coloring and activity pages


Both of these lessons are included in my book, He Came, He Saw, He Conquered!
He Came, He Saw, He Conquered! Children Sunday School Lessons on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus by [Wilson, Rev. Stephen R.]
Kindle  $2.99, Print $5.99

Find more resources on my Free Children's Sunday School Lessons page!

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