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.
Jesus’ Baptism Story Wheel- Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 39 & 40
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.
Introduce game: Who was baptized by his cousin? (Jesus)
The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing - Shoe-Tie Guy (John Baptizes Jesus)
Kids will play a high-octane game to discover what it means to serve Jesus (page 72).
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.
Introduce game: Who did Jesus ask to baptize him? (John) Did John obey him? (Yes) Let’s see if you can obey just like John did.
Play Simon Says but play “Jesus Says”
Introduce snack: What did John the Baptist eat while he was living outside?
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