Honoring Jesus with a Gift of Prayer

Activity Objective

To examine the ways in which we celebrate the Epiphany, honoring the day that Jesus was revealed to the world

Lesson Outcome

The children will be able to explain Epiphany as the day we celebrate how Jesus was revealed to the whole world.


  • Unlined index cards or colored paper
  • Poster paper
  • Pencils, pens, crayons, and markers


  • Say to the children: During Epiphany, we remember the joy that greeted Jesus' birth. The Magi brought gifts to honor Jesus. We can honor Jesus with a gift as well.
  • Invite the children to share the ways in which we can honor Jesus. Remind them that when we serve others, we are serving Jesus.
  • Provide each child with an index card or colored piece of paper, a pencil, and coloring utensils.
  • Ask the children to honor Jesus with the gift of a special prayer. Encourage the children to welcome Jesus and his teachings into their lives.
  • Have the children write their prayers on the index cards and then decorate around the prayers.
  • When the children have completed their prayer cards, invite them to brainstorm ways they might honor Jesus with a gift at home with their families.
  • Write their ideas on large poster paper. If necessary, suggest family prayer, a special meal, serving others in need of food and clothing, and so on.
  • Next, encourage the children to refer to the list as they choose a way that they would like to honor Jesus with their families. Have them write these ideas on the other side of the prayer cards.
  • Encourage the children to share their prayers at home with their families.

Learning Styles

Art/Space Smart, People Smart, Word Smart

Approximate Time

20 minutes


Tell the children that they will be creating special prayer cards for a celebration of Jesus at home with their families.