The feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of ordinary time. On this day we remember when John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ in the Jordan river. This is a good day to think about our own baptism. What does it mean to be baptized? What impact does this have on my daily life? Find ideas for youth ministry, religious education, classrooms, and your home.
Make an Origami Dove
Pentecost is right around the corner. Since the dove is often used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit, making origami doves can be a fun craft for kids on this holy day.
Paper Plate Dove Craft
April 26 is the birthday of John James Audubon. He is famous for his drawings of birds. In honor of his birthday, make your own bird art. This paper plate dove craft is simple enough for your Vacation Bible School or Children's Liturgy of the Word.
Drip Drip Drop Game for Youth Ministry
This is a water game for teenagers which can be played indoors if you don't mind wiping up a few puddles at the end. It is basically Duck Duck Goose with water.
Washed Away Prayer Service
This prayer service makes a nice accompaniment to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It could also be used for a youth ministry meeting about forgiveness or baptism. #YouthMinistry #forgiven
Water Drop Race (Youth Ministry or VBS Game)
This is another indoor water game. It is not messy at all! This works well with any age group also. It would go well with any topic related to water, such as baptism, or a community theme, since the water drop sticks together.
Fish Bowl Toss Carnival Game
Fish bowl toss is an easy game which is a take on a traditional carnival game. Use this for youth ministry or VBS. In the traditional game, if you land your ball in a bowl with a fish, you get a live goldfish! But this version does not have live fish.
Baptism of Our Lord – Year B (2021)
The readings for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord for Year B remind us that like Jesus, we are members of God's family through the gift of baptism. So possible topics for this Sunday are baptism and the Holy Spirit. Evangelism and kinship with God might also be appropriate.
Baptism Word Search Puzzle
This word search puzzle includes words typically associated with baptism. It is suitable for use with your Children's Liturgy of the Word, Vacation Bible School (VBS), or Youth Ministry.
Baptism of Our Lord – Year C (2022)
The readings for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord for Year C focus on the revelation of Jesus Christ as God's beloved and upon the effects of the Spirit. Do we view ourselves and others as God's beloved? How does the Spirit act in my life?
Baptism of Our Lord – Year A (2023)
The readings for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord for Year A give us reason to think about our own baptisms. Do we take our own baptisms for granted? Have we really thought about what this sacrament means in our lives?