Children’s Session – Who is this Jesus?
This session helps young people think about the different metaphors that are often applied to Jesus.
Guess Who Game – Ask as many questions as it takes to guess the face
Who am I Post-it Note Game
Write the name of a famous person or character on a sticky note for each child. Characters can be dead or alive, fictional or non-fictional, real or “cartoon”. Making sure that the player can’t see it, stick the note to their forehead.
When everyone is named players mingle and walk around the room asking the sort of questions that can be answered by “yes”, “no” and “not applicable” to try to work out who they are.
How many Crackers can the children eat without having a drink of water?
What does it feel like to be thirsty?
What does it feel like to have your thirst quenched?
“but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
Snack: Chocolate pastries and juice
Game: Wrap a Leader
Split the group into teams and assign a leader for each team. Provide wrapping paper, ribbon and tape. The first team to wrap the leader up the quickest and prettiest wins. Make sure they can breathe and make sure they person being wrapped up is comfortable with this.
Game: Am I telling the Truth
The leader will read out five statements about themselves and the children have to decide whether you are telling the truth or whether you’re lying. The children will be given two cards…one that says lie and the other that says truth. Ask the children how they decided whether it was a truth or not.
The crafts provide an opportunity to ask children what they think is meant by each metaphor. Often the kids have a unique way of seeing things and offer answers that are incredibly insightful.
Why is it helpful to think about Jesus as a good shepherd?
What does it mean for Jesus to be described as a door?
What did Jesus mean when he said he was the way, truth and the life?
What did Jesus mean when he said he was the light of the world?
Craft: I am the Good Shepherd
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 14:6
Print out the templates onto cardstock (Save picture above and print on full page setting). Add cotton wool balls to the body of the sheep and colour in the other parts of the sheep.
Craft: Door Hangers
“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9
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Craft: Fish Chalk Picture
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Children use a pencil to draw the fish shape in the middle of their black sheet of card then they use different colours of chalk to add colour their design. Once finished a strip of card can be glued to the bottom of the picture that says: “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.”
Takeaway: Glow Sticks
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
The kids loved these glow sticks. We tied 4 or 5 glow sticks together and attached the verse from John 8:12 to them and we gave the kids them as they left the group.
The review can happen at the time or later – it maybe by yourself or with others.
Some useful questions to help volunteers consider and learn from the session include:
- Has each child been able to participate in their own way?
- What went well and why?
- Has each child been able to reflect on some of the metaphors to describe Jesus and the meaning they might hold?
- What is there for you to learn from this session?
- What might you do differently another time?
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