John the Baptist


Talk about it

Where did John live? What did he wear and eat? What was special about the way he was born? What was the special job that he had to do? Why do you think his job was important?



John’s job wasn’t always easy. The things he said upset a lot of people because they didn’t want to hear about God or his plans. But John was strong and brave and kept telling people anyway. Use these verses from 1 Corinthians to remind you to keep telling people about Jesus too.

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love. 1 Corinthians 16:13 & 14

Make up some actions for each part to help you remember it!

Things to do

Print your own version of the Old Testament timeline here* – see how many of the stories you can tell to someone in your family! Or why not have a go at drawing your own timeline using some of the stories we’ve looked at in the last few months? All of the sessions we’ve done are still available – the first ones can be found here if you want to remind yourself!

It’s always easier to tell people about Jesus if you’ve practiced first. Why not spend some time this week talking about Jesus to someone in your house. See how quickly you can tell them about why he’s important and why everyone needs to know him!

If you have the Jesus Storybook Bible, read about John baptising Jesus in the story ‘Heaven Breaks Through’.

Play a matching game using pictures linked to John the Baptist’s story. You could either print these ones or make your own. Draw two of every type of picture on cards that are the same size. Turn them over and mix them up, then take it in turns to turn over two cards at a time. If the pictures match, you get to keep them. If they don’t match you have to turn them over and it’s the other person’s turn. When you’ve turned over all the cards, see if you can use them to tell the story of John.
Some things you could include are: honey, locusts, wilderness, John the Baptist, Jesus, a dove, a river, hairy clothes.

Make a John the Baptist collage. Draw an outline of John, then stick fabric, wool, paper or anything else you can think of on to the picture to give it the right texture. Try to find something rough for his clothes, raggedy for his hair and shiny for the water of the river!


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