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Home Sunday, June 23rd

John 13: 1-16// Son & Servant

Intro to the Scripture passage for kids:

Say to the children something like this–try not to read from this page but preferably put it in your words:

Jesus came to show us how we should live.  One of the things Jesus wanted us to learn was how to be a servant to others.  A servant is a person who does the work for another. When your mom or dad cooks you something to eat, they are being a loving servant for you; they don’t expect anything in return.  Jesus likewise said to his disciples who desired to be great, “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28 NIV).  [Jesus calls himself the Son of Man; his favorite title.]

Jesus wanted the disciples to know that being a servant is more important than gaining wealth, power, or position.  A servant does not receive a lot of praise or credit; they work solely for the lives of others. Let us read how Jesus, who is a king, became a servant to show his love for his disciples and for us.

 

Additional questions for comprehension & imagination amongst kids:

Comprehension:

What do we learn about Jesus from verse 1? (He knew that he was about to die and leave His friends to be with the Father, and He “loved to the end”. Even in the face of “His time to go” He didn’t stop loving, but loved ALL the way to till the end)

It says Jesus knew He had come from God and was returning to God, and that all things were under His power. What did he do because He knew these things?

Why didn’t Peter want Jesus to wash His feet at first? What changed his mind?

Imagination:

Why do you think Jesus came to serve?

What do you think, is it better to have lots of money and power or to be a servant? Why?

Who around you serves you like Jesus served His friends? (Mom or Dad help us take baths, feed us, and take us everywhere we need to go. Friends, Aunts, Uncles play with us. ect.)

Take a moment to sit and ask the Father how He has empowered you to be like Jesus in His serving. Ask Him what serving He is inviting you into!

Activities to do with kids:

Step on the Color Game:

Tape red, green, and yellow pieces of construction paper to the floor, one of each color per child.  Read the following story about serving others to the class. Each time you say a color they have to go and stand on that color.  Make sure to read slowly so that they get all the actions.

This morning I woke up and put on my red house shoes.  I made my bed and folded my green blanket before I walked into the kitchen. In the kitchen, I saw my mom wearing her red housecoat and her yellow house shoes.  Her face looked a little green. She was sick! I told her to go and sit on the couch with the yellow blanket and rest while I made breakfast. I got down the red cereal bowls and the yellow spoons.  I grabbed the green cereal box and poured some cereal and milk in the bowls. Then my sister came downstairs to eat breakfast with me. She was wearing her new yellow dress and I helped her put a red bow in her hair. Then we sat down to eat.  Next, we went into the living room and sat on the green rug by mom’s yellow house shoes. While she rested I told her a story about a dog with a red color and my sister played with her yellow bunny stuffed animal. When my mom got hungry I brought her a yellow banana and some red juice. I wrapped the yellow blanket around her and made sure she was comfy with her green pillow. I like helping my mom because Jesus taught us to Help Other People! The End.

Footprints:

 With Paint:

Supplies: washable paint, paper plates, construction paper, towels, buckets with warm water

Directions:

Give each child a piece of construction paper and have them write something like this on the top (or help them write) “Jesus washes my sins away”. On the bottom of the page, they could also write something like “I will be a servant like Him”

Put washable paint on paper plates

Have each child take off their shoes and socks

Each child will dip their feet into the paint and make footprints on their construction page in between or under what they wrote.

Use buckets of warm water and towels to then wash their feet

 Without Paint:

Supplies: construction paper, markers

Directions:

Give each child a piece of construction paper and have them write something like this on the top (or help them write) “Jesus washes my sins away”. On the bottom of the page, they could also write something like “I will be a servant like Him”

Have each child take off their shoes and socks

Each child will trace their feet on their construction page in between or under what they wrote.

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