For Pentecost this year we had nine Baptisms. The folks becoming baptized were people of all ages (6 mon to 35 years) which caused much celebration but also a bit of a catechetical task: How do we teach and preach about Baptism to people at different ages. We ended up having a big inter-generational class on Baptism. Here were some activities we did and some learning for next time:
1) Jesus Baptism
The basic point we wanted to get across to kids was that Jesus was baptized. We had some coloring sheets, mazes and a YouTube video we showed. I give this an A/A- for effectiveness.
I was anticipating 10 kids and 30 showed up so I had to divide them into groups. It was great to have parental help.
2) Following Jesus
This picture here shows one of a three groups that did this. We ended up with a sheet 100 feet long that made a great children's sermon!
The other thing we did was have kids color in a big poster that said "Come Follow Me." This was a great filler of time when the activities went to quick/slow.
I give this an A+
3) Forgiveness of sins
4) Adoption as child of God
This was great overall and the picture I have here is absurdly cute.
5) Baptism as Body of Christ; Communion of Saints
I think the craft was super cool. But it proved too hard for many kids. I think had I had a smaller crowd, I could have worked with the kids more; it was not at the "give them the supplies and model and let them figure it out" kind of thing.
There would be a way to simplify this in terms of multiple hearts; as it was, kids used lots of tape to make something that looked a bit like what I intended.