The Last Supper occurs in all 4 gospels with varying degrees of details. We are choosing the Mark version as the basis for this lesson because it is the most concise and contains most of the elements of this story. We strongly encourage you to read all 4 gospel accounts in your preparation.
There are several parts to this story that paint the whole picture:
To put this story in context, see this visualization of the chronology of Holy Week.
Have you ever seen our church do a "Lord's Supper" or "Communion" service? Does anyone know why we do that?
Today, we are going to learn about the time Jesus had his Last Supper with his disciples, which is why we do the Lord's Supper in memory.
Read story from a Children's storybook Bible for younger children.
For older children, read the story from an age-appropriate Children's storybook Bible or read directly from the Bible.
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud: Mark 14:12-26
First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?
Heads up! Making Mazah is an activity from the Passover lesson in the Old Testament. It should be taken a step further in this lesson and be used to teach about Jesus' commandment in Luke 22:19
Scripture It was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. That was the time to sacrifice the Passover lamb. Jesus' disciples asked him, "Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover meal?" Mark 12
Supplies water, flour, oven
Scripture Mark 14:12-16
Supplies lamb, matzah (or crackers), grape juice
Scripture Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives. Mark 14:26
Scripture Mark 14:12-26
Supplies matzah or crackers, grape juice, water jug, table
Heads up! Some denominations have restrictions on who can take and who can perform the Lord's Supper. Check with your leaders if you are unsure about doing this activity in your church.
Scripture While they were eating, Jesus took bread. He gave thanks and broke it. He handed it to his disciples and said, "Take it. This is my body." Then he took the cup. He gave thanks and handed it to them. All of them drank from it. "This is my blood of the new covenant," he said to them. "It is poured out for many." Mark 14:22-24
Supplies Crackers, bread (or whatever your church uses for the Lord's Supper), and grape juice
Scripture Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives. Matthew 26:30