Lesson 1 – Sacraments

Slide 1 - Making the Invisible Visible

Can you see it? activity
Provide the children with a coin, a slip of paper and a crayon each.

Ask them to describe the markings on their coin.

Next, ask the children to place the slip of paper over the coin. Can they see the coin and its markings now?

Lastly, ask the children to rub over the paper resting on the coin with a crayon – the design will appear on the paper.

Bring out the fact that what appeared invisible to the eye was actually there – we just needed to do the rubbing to show the design of the coin. What was invisible was made visible.

Slide 2 - Linking Kester's Adventures to Baptism

Look at the image from Part 5 of “Kester’s Adventures” in which Kester’s baby brother, Jesse, is welcomed into Abraham’s family through baptism.

• Ask the children what is happening? [baptism]
• Ask what baptism symbols they can see? [water, oil, light of the candle, Jesse’s white cloth]

Connect the film to the sacrament of Baptism
In the story, Kester’s parents brought Jesse to be baptised by Abraham. Through Baptism, Jesse was welcomed into Abraham’s family. Kester was reminded of his own baptism. This story is an allegorical story of the sacrament of Baptism.

Slide 3 - Linking Kester's Adventures to Baptism

What happens at Baptism and why?

Baptism is the way we join the family of Jesus.

• What do we use water for? [washing, drinking]
• The water that is poured over a baby (or adult) in baptism reminds us that we have been washed clean of sin.

White clothing
• What colour was Jesse dressed in? [white]
• The baby is dressed in white to remind us that they now have been ‘clothed’ in Christ Jesus – we have His risen life within us.

• The oil was rubbed on Jesse.
• In fact, in the sacrament of Baptism there are two oils. The Oil of Catechumens is rubbed onto the chest of the baby before they are baptised with water. This oil reminds us that the baby is beginning strengthened by God to say no to evil.
• Then there is a second oil rubbed on the baby after baptism – the Oil of Chrism. This oil shows that the baby has been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, and that they are children of the king (God).

The Candle
• A candle is lit from the Easter candle that reminds us that we have the light of Jesus in us now.

Connect back to the coin analogy
Have another look at your crayon rubbing.

A bit like the coin rubbing showed us that the coin was really there (even though we could not see the coin), the Sacrament of Baptism shows us that we really do belong to the family of Jesus and is sign of Jesus’ great love for us.

So, the sacraments are ways that we ‘meet’ Jesus, even though we can’t physically ‘see’ Him with our eyes.

Slide 4 - Story Recap and Reconciliation

Watch again a short segment from Part 4 of Kester’s Adventures, when Kester talks to Abraham in the garden.

Slide 5 - Story Recap and Reconciliation

Look at the image on screen from Part 4 in which Kester told Abraham about the wrong things he had been doing and how Abraham helped him to ‘remove the weeds from the garden’.

Teach the following in your own words:

Kester wanted to be good, but he kept getting things wrong. This happens to everyone at some point! Ask if that has ever happened to the children [pupils may wish to share from their experience].

Ask what advice Abraham gave Kester [to think back over his day and think of any ways he had hurt others – in actions or thoughts – and say to say sorry to individuals and to Abraham.]

Kester would say sorry to Abraham for all the rude, disobedient and naughty things he had done – a bit like pulling up the weeds in the garden.

Click to reveal the image of the weeds in the story.

Ask why they think saying sorry might be helpful to relationships [saying sorry helps mend relationships and enable them to start again]

Ask if they can think of a sacrament in the church where people can be forgiven by Jesus [Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession]

Click to reveal an image of a child in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Rather like Kester would tell Abraham what he had done wrong and say sorry, we can tell the priest what we have done wrong in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Remember how we said that we meet Jesus in the sacraments? When we go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the priest stands in the place of Jesus and forgives us for EVERYTHING we’ve done (or chosen not to do!) that has gone against what God designed us to do. This sacrament helps us turn back to Jesus and be in good relationship with Him again.

Connect to the coin rubbing again
This is another example of how a sacrament makes what is invisible seen. The priest (who we can see) stands in the place of Jesus (who we can’t see but we know is with us) to forgive us our sin.

How does it feel when you have said sorry and are friends with someone again? [joyful, happy, peaceful]

Slide 6 - Happiness

Recall what Abraham told Kester he was designed to do. The text on screen reads:

Abraham said ‘You find happiness when you love other people, when you receive love and when you make a positive difference to the world.’

How the sacraments can help us love others, receive love and make a positive difference in the world.

• In Baptism, we join God’s family. God loves us SO much! Knowing that we are loved by God and belong to his family can bring us happiness.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
• Sometimes when we have fallen out with our friends or brothers and sisters, we can feel grumpy or sad inside. We may not feel like loving them, or being loved by them. We know that our relationship with that person is not as good as it could be and needs fixing.
• If we have done something wrong, we need to say sorry. If someone has hurt our feelings, we need to forgive them. Sometimes we may not feel like doing this at all. The first step is choosing to forgive. We may not feel like forgiving until later.
• Saying sorry and forgiving helps change our hearts from sad to happy because we have made a fresh start in our relationships. We work together to make a positive difference in the world when we are loving and forgiving!
• Going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a special way in the church to say sorry to God and to others. When we say we are sorry for what we have done, the priest (who is speaking for Jesus) forgives us.
• Sometimes we feel peaceful, happy or smiley afterwards as we know we have a fresh start with God and are loved completely by Him.

Slide 7 - Writing Activity: Saying Sorry

Writing activity
Using Appendix 1, invite the pupils to write (or draw if they like) about a time when they needed to say sorry. They should include:
• who the people were that they needed to say sorry to
• how they felt before they said sorry
• how they felt after they said sorry.

You might like to play some reflective music during this activity.

Slide 8 - Prayer and Reflection

Conclude the session by inviting the children to join in this call-and-response prayer with you.

Teacher: Jesus, for the times when we have not been loving in our words and actions
All: We are sorry Lord

Teacher: For the times when we have chosen not to forgive and start again
All: We are sorry Lord

Teacher: Jesus, fill us with your love so that we can love others
All: Come Lord Jesus

Teacher: Fill us with your love for others so that we can make a positive difference in the world
All: Come Lord Jesus

Teacher: In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
All: Amen