What Kids Will Do: Design serving trays as they
learn how Jesus showed his disciples how to serve others.
What Kids Will Need: aluminum biscuit pans, white
paint, paintbrush, tempera paint, paper plates, rubber craft
stamps, embroidery thread, craft glue, marker, snacks.
Preparation Place: A few days before this
activity, paint each aluminum pan white. On the day of the craft,
squeeze a little paint onto several paper plates, and place these
within children’s reach.
- Give each child a white aluminum pan. Write each child’s name
on the bottom of his or her pan.
- Guide children in lightly dipping rubber stamps in paint and
then pressing the stamp once or twice on a paper plate to remove
- Let children stamp designs on the white pans.
- To trim pan edges, children may glue embroidery thread around
the perimeter. As children work, let them brainstorm ideas for
using their trays.
- While trays dry, ask children to assist you in cleaning up and
putting away craft supplies. Open your Bible to John 13:1-17, and
tell the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Then ask:
- What does it mean to serve someone?
- Why do you think Jesus washed the disciples’ feet?
- What do you think Jesus hoped the disciples would learn about
Say: Jesus washed the disciples’ feet to show
them how much he loved them. He wanted his disciples to learn to
serve and love others too. Jesus wants us to serve and love people,
just like his disciples did. We can show love by serving and
Let the children serve each other snacks, using the trays they