Familiarize yourself with the following passage:
John 2: 1-11Jesus and his new disciples were in Galilee, in a city called Cana. Jesus and his family had been invited to a wedding. The disciples were also welcomed to come to the wedding. At one point in the celebrations, the supply of wine ran out. Jesus’ mother, Mary, came and informed Jesus of the situation. Mary was hoping that Jesus would help solve the situation, but Jesus responded by saying that it was not yet his time. Mary told the servants of the wedding to do whatever Jesus told them to do. Jesus told the servants to fill 6 large stone water jars with water. After they were filled, Jesus told them to take some of it out and serve it to the one in charge of the ceremony. The water the that was tasted by the one in charge was no longer water, but wine! The man in charge was impressed with the quality of the wine that was served to him. He congratulated the groom for saving the best wine until later in the celebration, rather than serving the best first. This miracle of turning water into wine was the first of Jesus’ many miracles. After seeing this miracle, Jesus’ disciples began to believe in him.
Water into WineSupplies Needed:
• A large, non see through pitcher
• A large clear pitcher
• Powdered drink mix
• Wooden spoon
• Small paper cups
1. Before class pour the powdered drink mix into the non see through pitcher. Fill the clear pitcher with water. If the directions on the packet call for sugar, also add the sugar to the same pitcher and stir until dissolved.
2. As you are telling the story, use your supplies as props to help tell the story. The non see through pitcher represents one of the 6 large stone jars. When Jesus tells the servants to fill the stone jars with water, pour the water from your clear pitcher into the non see through pitcher. When Jesus tells them to serve it to the man in charge, use your ladle to pour some of the newly created drink into the small paper cups. Give the drink a slight stir before pouring to ensure everything is mixed.
3. Share your newly created drink with the kids and enjoy their reactions to the ‘miracle’. Ask the kids how the servants and disciples who saw the miracle must have felt.
John 2:11This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
Jesus ConnectionLife is full of problems that we cannot fix. When the wedding ran out of wine, this was a big problem! Mary and the servants turned to Jesus, the only one who could fix their problem. And fix their problem he did! When we come to Jesus, and confess our sins, he can help fix what is broken and wrong in our lives. We must first come to him and share our problems with him!
Turn Your Eyes Upon JesusTurn your eyes upon Jesus
look full in His wonderful face
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim
in the light of His glory and grace
Come to Jesus*This is only the first two verse of the song by Christ Rice.
Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live
Now your burden's lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain
So sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live
Here Comes the Bride!Supplies Needed:
• Several rolls of cheap toilet paper
1. Divide the class into teams of 3-5 kids per team. Give each team 1-2 rolls of toilet paper
2. Give the children 5-10 mins, timed, to dress one of their team members as a bride, using only the rolls of toilet paper they were given. No scissors, no tape, no glue, no staplers. Just toilet paper.
3. Encourage the children to think of everything a bride wears: the dress, shoes, a vail, flowers, necklaces, the ring…
4. At the end of their allotted time, judge the beautiful brides and pick a winner. If you want to make it a little bit more exciting, bring in an outside person to be the judge!
Jar Memory Verse GameSupplies Needed:
• Jar templates
• This week’s memory verse
1. Before class, print several copies of the jar template. (Think ahead to how many teams you would like to divide your children into. I recommend no more than 4 per team. ) Write the verse out on each copy of the template, and then cut the template out and into puzzle pieces. Be sure to keep each set of puzzles separated from the others!
2. Divide the children into teams. Give each team a set of the jar puzzles.
3. Have the teams compete to complete the puzzle the fastest. The winning team is the one who completes the puzzle and jumps up and reads the revealed verse together first.
4. If you want to replay the game, mix up the teams and start again.
Clay PitchersSupplies needed:
• Air drying modeling clay
• Pictures of old water pitchers
1. Show the children several pictures of what really old water pitchers looked like to give them inspiration before they begin creating their own.
2. Give each child a portion of modeling clay and encourage them to make their own water pitcher.
3. Give the children toothpicks to draw designs and decorations on their pitchers