Theme: Dining Room
Materials: A table set for dinner, bread or crackers,
grapes or grape juice, washbasins, water, liquid soap, towels, and
The Scene: Place a table in the center of the room
or station area. Set the table for dinner with linens, place
settings, covered serving dishes, and candles. Place washbasins
filled halfway with water in each corner of the room. Put liquid
soap and towels next to each basin.
Experience: Gather families around the dinner table.
Ask: What's your favorite meal? Explain. Who usually
prepares and serves meals in your family? What other roles do
family members have in meal time preparation or cleanup?
Say: During Jesus' last week on Earth, he shared a meal
with his disciples. This meal is often called the Last Supper.
Before they ate, Jesus served his friends in a unique way.
Have the youngest person in each family serve his or her family
members the food as you read aloud John 13:1-15.
Afterward, say: Jesus washed his disciples' feet to give
them an example of how to serve others. In a moment I'll ask you to
serve each other in a unique way. As you leave the table, gather
your family around one of the washbasins. Take turns washing each
other's hands with soap and water in the basin. While you wash a
family member's hands, tell that person something you appreciate
about him or her and why. When everyone's hands are washed, move to
the next station.
Excerpted from Children's Ministry Magazine.
All Stations in The Easter Path:
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