To commemorate the Last Supper, use these ideas for children’s ministry on the eve of Good Friday to focus on what Jesus did for us.
As Jesus and his disciples shared a meal together, Jesus gave them a new commandment — to love one another. Along with stressing the importance of relationships, Jesus blessed the wine and bread and washed the disciples’ feet. Teach kids the importance of relationships and service with this Maundy Thursday event that includes a blooming gift, a special act, and a gracious meal.
Kids can create these flowerpots to give away as a springtime gift to elderly neighbors.
The Stuff: Small terra cotta pots, permanent markers, puffy paint, potting soil, packets of springtime flowers such as marigolds or violets, and fliers
Create It: Kids can use markers to write on the pot, “Love one another (John 13:34)” and then use puffy paint to decorate the pots. When the paint is dry, plant flowers in the pots. Encourage kids to invite their neighbors to attend church services, too. Provide a flier containing service times and dates.
When kids have finished planting, there’s no doubt their hands will be dirty. Use this hand-washing activity to remind them of how Jesus served his disciples by washing their feet.
The Stuff: Tubs of warm water, liquid hand soap, and towels
Experience It: Paraphrase John 13:1-17. Then have kids find a partner and wash each other’s hands. Remind them how Jesus humbly washed his disciples’ feet on Maundy Thursday. As kids each wash their friend’s hands, have them scrub each finger and pray the following for their friend.
• Thumb–Pray for your friend to reach out and share Jesus with someone this spring.
• Pointer Finger-Pray for someone who’s important to your friend.
• Middle Finger-Pray for your friend to be surrounded with love.
• Ring Finger-Pray that your friend’s commitment to Jesus grows every day.
• Pinky Finger-Pray for a weakness in your friend’s life, that Jesus will provide strength.
Close your evening with a meal shared with friends. Arrange tables in a large square so everyone feels as if they’re at one table. Form groups, and have each group serve one portion of the meal. For example, have one group serve drinks and utensils, while other groups serve bread and butter, the main course, and dessert. After the meal, have kids each share the friendship quality they value most in the person on their right. Close with prayer, asking God to help kids show kindness to others and thanking him for the friendships he’s provided in your group.