Needed: (Optional: The Visual Bible, basin of water, pencils and slips of paper for each student)
Intro Activity: Best/Worst. Have students name the best jobs they can think of. Ask, Who are the types of people who get those job? (Now do the same for the worst jobs imaginable.)
Show the passage from The Visual Bible if you have it. If not, skip down to the reading.
Have your students take turns reading John 13:1-17.
Jesus told washed His disciples’ feet and then told them to do the same thing for each other. Why would Jesus wash His disciples’ feet? Isn’t that kind of a gross job that was beneath Him? Shouldn’t the disciples have been washing Jesus’ feet?
(Read verse 4 again.) Jesus knew who He was. He knew how powerful He was. He knew He was above everything and better than everyone. But He still washed the disciples’ feet to show them that He loved them.
As Christians, we follow Jesus’ example by serving other people, even people who we might normally think aren’t as good as us, and by doing things that we might normally think are below us. We do it not to lower ourselves or make ourselves less of a person, but to show love to that other person.
We’re going to practice serving each other. (Have students sit in a circle. Use your basin to wash the first student’s feet and then allow that person to wash the next student next to them. The last student washes your feet.)
Doing that for each other was a little awkward, but we did it not to make ourselves feel weird or like less of a person, but to show love to our fellow Christians.
Now I want you to think of one way you can show love to someone else this week. (Pass out paper and pencils and have students write down one thing they can do to serve someone this week.) When you write your idea down, that’s your commitment to do that act of service.
(Read verse 17 again to close.)