Lesson Plan- Last Supper/Holy Thursday (1st grade on up)
Last Supper/Holy Thursday
Objectives:The students will be able to
- retell the story of The Last Supper
- explain that at the Last Supper Jesus offered his life to his Father and gave himself to us in Holy Communion
- identify The Last Supper as a Passover meal and that the purpose of celebrating the Passover meal was to remember how God delivered the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt
- identify the reason we celebrate Communion is to remember that Jesus delivered us from the slavery of sin when he died on the cross
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)
Lie- to say something that is not true. Servant- somebody who serves or works for another Betray- not being loyal, giving out information to harm another, not helping another Garden of Gethsemane- the olive grove just outside Jerusalem where Jesus was betrayed after the Last Supper (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map). Deny- to say something not true, to not do something for someone, saying you do not know them
Read story: The Last Supper and ask questions from the sheet and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: Why do they call this event “The Last Supper”?
sermons4kids.com- In Remembrance of Me object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin
dltk-bible.com- The Last Supper (click on 2) lesson plan with coloring page, crafts, games, mini book, snacks, take home sheet, puzzles, etc.
kidsclubs4jesus.com- Wash Disciples’ Feet, The Last Supper lessons 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- The Last Supper (lesson #229) and The Master Becomes A Servant (lesson #230) with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
Introduce game: Who ate with Jesus at the Last Supper? His disciples. Let’s see if there are enough chairs for everyone to sit. (Play Musical Chairs)
Line up alternate facing chairs, one less than the number of children playing. (Example: If there are 10 players, place 9 chairs). The players move round the chairs while the music is on. When the music stops they have to sit down on a free chair. The player without a chair is out and let that player be the one to stop the music the next time. Remove one chair each time the music is played. Repeat until you have only 2 players and 1 chair. The one to sit down first on the last chair is the winner.
Introduce game: What do you know about the Last Supper? Let’s find out.
The Last Supper Trivia Game Questions- (use questions from Last Supper File Folder Game that is below.)
Divide the class into two teams. Establish in the classroom, a first base, second base, third base, and home. Determine in advance how many innings will be played. Team #1 is up at bat first and line up along the chalkboard. The first player is asked a question from the teacher, if they are correct, they advance to first base. If they are incorrect, they go to the end of the line and it counts as an out. The second batter is then asked a different question. Each correct answer allows the batter to advance one base. The game continues like baseball until there are three outs. After three outs, Team #2 has their turn at bat. Whichever team has the most runs, wins.
Need: one small ball (or two balled up pieces of paper), two chairs, one trashcan.
Directions: Put a trashcan against a wall. Divide the class into two teams. Have students line up in two teams behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to basket). Ask the first person in Team #1 a question. If they are correct, they get to try to make a basket. If they make a basket, their team gets a point. If they do not get a basket, their team does not receive a point. After the first player has his turn, he then goes to the end of Team #1’s line. It is now Team #2’s turn. The team with the most points wins.
Have you ever experienced a Passover Seder? For many, Seder meals are not a common part of their typical Holy Week traditions. To help children understand what was eaten during this meal, here is a game that reviews the traditional food of the Seder meal.
Last Supper File Folder Game- Play individually or in teams and work your way around the game board answering questions about the Last Supper. If you are correct you roll a die and move your marker in your row in any direction you want. If you land on a colored space, you can move one row toward the center with “Last Supper”. Play continues until a team or player reaches “Last Supper”.
Introduce snack: What happened on Holy Thursday? Jesus had the Last Supper with his disciples.
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