Religion - Lesson focus: A story from the Gospel of Matthew.
Explain to your child that one of the stories about Jesus that we hear after Christmas is the story of Jesus’ Baptism. Explain that before Jesus started his ministry of teaching and healing he asked John the Baptist, his cousin, to baptise him.
If you have a Bible at home, you could find Matthew’s account of that event together. (3: 13-17)
Before reading, ask them to stand reverently and respectfully to listen to the Gospel reading.
Explain the reader says, ‘A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew’ and the children respond by saying ‘Glory to You O Lord’ whilst making the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads, lips and hearts.
Here is the reading for those without a Bible:
At that time Jesus arrived from Galilee and came to John at the Jordan to be baptised by him. But John tried to make him change his mind. “I ought to be baptised by you,” John said, “and yet you have come to me!” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so for now. For in this way we shall do all that God requires.” So, John agreed. As soon as Jesus was baptised, he came up out of the water. Then heaven was opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and alighting on him. Then a voice said from heaven, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased.”
Then at the end say, ‘The Gospel of the Lord,’ and the children reply, ‘Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.’
Some questions to discuss orally:
Main activity - Look at the short picture book version of this Gospel story attached below.
Then using the pictures provided, sequence them into the correct order.
Stick these/draw these into your book and have a go at writing a couple of sentences for each picture to retell the story.
I have attached a word bank to support some of the key words.
Extension - include how Jesus and John felt in the story recount.
All resources are attached below.
I look forward to seeing some pictures of the work the children have completed. Please use the class email address: