Wedding at Cana

WEDDING AT CANA

 

Objectives:

  1. Children should identify the water into wine as Jesus’s first miracle.
  2. Children should know the word “miracle” and what it means.
  3. Children should recognize that the wedding at Cana is part of our wedding service.

 

Possible Lesson Plans:

  1. Open with prayer.
  2. Read the story of the wedding at Cana in the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 184-185, or the Read with Me Bible, pages 295-297. Supplement with the Children’s Bible, page 366, or Children’s Stories of the Bible pages 158-160, or the flannelgraph story. Why was Jesus in Cana? Who asked him to supply more wine? How was the wine supplied? Remind the children that this was Jesus’s first miracle. What is a miracle? Say the word a few times and have the children repeat it.

 

  1. Feed the Elephant True/False Questions:

True                                                     False

            Jesus went to a wedding at Cana.                  Jesus went to a wedding in Jerusalem

            Mary asked Jesus for more wine.                    The bride asked Jesus for more wine.

            Jesus turned water into wine.                         Jesus turned grapes into wine.

            Jesus’s wine was the best ever.                       Jesus’s wine was sour and nasty.

 

  1. Talk a bit about weddings. Has any of the children ever been to one? What happens? Discuss the bride and groom, the service and priest. Play-act a wedding with children as bride and groom, priest, and Jesus and Mary and the other guests. What happens after the ceremony? (reception/party) What’s a party like? What do you like to have at a party? What might grown-ups like to have? What would it be like to run out of drinks with all those guests?

 

  1. Usually, there’s singing and dancing at a Jewish wedding. Do a dance or two that you learned last night at the movie night.

 

  1. Make a wedding instrument: Coat Hanger Jingle. Have several jingle bells and one coat hanger for each child. Cut several pieces of string or yarn, about 6 inches in length. Tie one end of each string to a jingle bell and one to the coat hanger, securing with a piece of tape so they don’t slide around. Dance around the room with your new instruments.

 

Close with prayer.