Objectives:The student will be able to
- retell the story Jesus is Baptized
- explain the meaning of the symbolism in the Baptism ritual
- explain what happens during a baptism and that we receive new life
- identify the first Sacrament and explain what it is
- explain that you become members of the Church when you are baptized
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards: (show picture cards that we have done thus far)
Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)
Galilee- region of ancient Palestine, now part of Northern Israel. It is between the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Cousin- a child of somebody’s uncle or aunt, a relative
Baptize- to wash away the original sin
Jordan River- river that flows through the Sea of Galilee and empties into the Dead Sea (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Holy Spirit- the third person of the Trinity, understood as the spiritual force of God
Godparent- someone who promises at a person’s Baptism to help that person be a Christian
Say to the students: Who said this, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”? (John the Baptist) Then read story: "Jesus is Baptized" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: What does baptize mean?
Show the students a picture of a Baptism. Say: What do you think is happening in this picture? Explain to students that Baptism is one of the seven sacraments and most of them have been baptized when they were babies so they do not remember it. Others are baptized later because you can be baptized at any age. Bring in items that are used during a baptism and ask the students if they have ever seen one. Discuss why you are baptized, what happens during a baptism step by step and what is said. Show a short video of a baptism.
-Who are godparents and what do they promise to do? At Baptism special people called godparents who are a man and woman that promise to help the parents teach the baby how to live as a child of God and as a Catholic. Both godparents must be Catholic and have to be practicing Catholics (they must come to Mass every week and be a good Catholic).
-What do you wear? A white robe as a sign of your new life.
-What does the priest or deacon pour on your head to show we have new life and to wash away your sins? Water. What kind of water is it? Ordinary water.
-When should children be baptized? As soon as possible after birth.
-At Baptism holy oil is put on you by the priest or deacon and they make the Sign of the Cross on your forehead. Long ago oil was used to mark people as kings and priests. Oil is a symbol of strength and healing. The newly baptized is anointed with sacred oil to signify that the Holy Spirit dwells within the heart of this new Christian. It's also a sign of being anointed to a mission to live and love as Jesus lived. The priest or deacon makes the Sign of the Cross on your forehead with what? Holy oil
-Why does your godfather light the Baptismal candle from the Pascal (Easter) candle? To show that we have new life.
-When we are baptized we become members of what Church? The Catholic Church.
-When you are born you have original sin. Who did we inherit original sin from? From Adam and Eve.
-When you are baptized it takes away original sin. It also removes every sin the person has done. How many times can you be baptizes? Only once.
-A priest usually does the Baptism and sometimes a deacon. But, if there is danger that someone will die without Baptism, can anyone baptize another? Yes they may and should baptize.
-What happens if you die and you are not baptized? You do not go to heaven.
-The Sacrament of Baptism is one of the seven sacraments. Baptism is the first sacrament because no other Sacrament can or may be received until you have been baptized.
dltk-bible.com- Jesus is Baptized lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.
kidsclubs4jesus.com- Jesus is Baptized lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).
calvarycurriculum.com- John Baptizes Jesus lesson #174 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
Introduce craft: What hovered over Jesus’ head after he was baptized? A white dove.
Taking Flight- A bird that can be a dove that you make out of white paper and using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 41).
auntannie.com- Make soap doves to remind the children how baptism symbolizes that their sins are washed away. Note: You can use a slightly greased cookie cutter to help children make the soap into the shape of a dove. Or the children can just make it into any shape they want.
Introduce craft: The Sacrament of Baptism is one of the seven sacraments. Baptism is the first sacrament because no other Sacrament can or may be received until you have been baptized.
Need: Trashcan and 2 balled up pieces of paper for balls.
Directions: Put a trashcan against a wall. Have students line up in two teams behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to basket). Students then play Horse Basketball, but spell Jesus. The first team that spells JESUS wins.
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Place your markers on “START”. The player rolls the die and moves that number on the board. The player then follows the directions on the square they landed on. If they land on “Wild Card”, the player will state how many spaces they want to move ahead (between 1 & 4). Then the player to their right draws a card and reads the question out loud. (If they cannot read, the teacher or someone else can read it for them). On each card is a question about the Baptism of Jesus. If they answer correctly, they get to move how many spaces they wanted. If they are not correct, they go back that many spaces. The first player to FINISH wins.
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Baptism worksheet- Follow the directions and fill in the blanks below to find out what happens after you are baptized.
Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)
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