This is a literacy project connected to Bible stories for secondary schools across the UK.
Choose one of the events, read about it, think about it, then write about it as if you had actually been present. You can choose one of the characters and write it from their perspective or you can invent a character for yourself.
Maximum of 5 pages/1000 words. You can illustrate it but please don’t laminate. Do make a copy as you won’t get the piece of work back.
Make sure you include full name and date of birth IN BLOCK CAPITALS, year group and school’s full name and address.
Send to; The Schools Bible Project, The Vicarage, Cressingham Road, Lewisham, London SA13 5AG by 30th June
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The Wedding at Cana John 2:1-12
On the third day there was a wedding. It took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Dear woman, why are you telling me about this?” Jesus replied. “The time for me to show who I really am isn’t here yet.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do what he tells you.”
6 Six stone water jars stood nearby. The Jews used water from that kind of jar for special washings. They did that to make themselves pure and “clean.” Each jar could hold 20 to 30 gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the top.
8 Then he told them, “Now dip some out. Take it to the person in charge of the dinner.”
They did what he said. 9 The person in charge tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He didn’t realize where it had come from. But the servants who had brought the water knew. Then the person in charge called the groom to one side. 10 He said to him, “Everyone brings out the best wine first. They bring out the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink. But you have saved the best until now.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana in Galilee was the first of his signs. Jesus showed his glory by doing this sign. And his disciples believed in him.
12 After this, Jesus went down to Capernaum. His mother and brothers and disciples went with him. They all stayed there for a few days.
Two teams both with a transparent jug with the bottom half covered with tape. The bottom of the jug filled with red squash. The teams also have a large jar of water and a small cup. They have to have a relay race, carrying water from the jar to fill the jug. The first team to fill their jug wins.
The Cana Rap Characters: Servant Mary Jesus Master of the banquet Voice Props: 6 jars Servant:
A wedding is coming! It’s happening today! I’m the busiest servant, I really must say!Everyone in Cana will be here, it’s true. And I’ve got so much to finish and do.
(enter Mary and Jesus) Well, look there is Mary and Jesus her son. He brought all his buddies. I hope they have fun. Voice (offstage):
Hey, Servant, be quick, the wine has run out!
Servant: No wine?! Keep it down. You don’t have to shout.
If we’re all out of wine, then the party is done. But lucky there’s Mary, and Jesus, her son.
Mary: The wine is all gone? And the feast just began! We’ll think of something. We’ll do what we can.
Jesus, my boy, can you help with the wine?
Jesus: Mary, Dear mother, this is not my time. Mary:
Pish-posh. Servant-boy, here’s what you do: Do whatever my son Jesus tells you to do. (Mary exits.)
Servant: Here are six jars used for hand washing.
Jesus:Fill them with water—to the top ‘til they’re sloshing. (Servant exits and returns with jars.)
Jesus:Now draw some out and take it to your master.
Servant: I’ll be as quick as I can—no servant is faster! (Master pops up. He takes a drink.)
Master: Why this is delicious! I’ve never had wine so good. You saved the best for last. I didn’t think that you would! (Master exits.)
Servant: (to Jesus) That was amazing! A miracle! A wonder! You’ve given me a lot in my head I must ponder!
Jesus: It was a miracle for sure, that much is true. But it’s only the beginning of what I will do. My Kingdom is coming and soon drawing near. God party has started, and your invitation’s right here.
Information on the story
What? The first miracle that Jesus ever did.
Six stone water jars – why were they at the wedding? They were used for ritual washing. Washing rituals were very important to the people of the Old Testament. Therefore the water in the jars would have been dirty water which people had washed their hands in.
The size of these six stone jars is also important. The story tells us that each jar contained approximately 20 to 30 gallons! That means Jesus’ miracle produced more wine than could possibility be needed for the feast. (A gallon is nearly 4 litres)
The number of jars is also interesting because the number six often represents imperfection or incompleteness and perhaps shows Jesus himself completing the number by performing the miracle.
You could tell the story from the perspective of Mary, the Servant, the Master or perhaps even the bride or groom at the wedding.
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