Jesus was the ultimate example of a servant. When I think of the King of the Universe getting down on His knees and washing the dirty, stinky feet of His disciples it humbles and amazes me. It also makes me love Him all the more. Remind your kids (and yourself) that Jesus loves them enough to serve them (and die for them) as you do these activities this week. Be sure to check out the Watermark Kids Significant Summer packet as well as Watermark External Focus Give and Go materials for more great ideas on teaching your kids to Serve this summer.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Jesus wants us to help others. We serve Jesus by serving others. Jesus knew the time was close for Him to leave the world. When dinner had been served, Jesus got up, wrapped a towel around Himself, and began to wash the disciples’ feet. In doing so, He taught them that even as He served them, they were to serve one another after He was gone. (John 13:1-20)
- We show God’s love to others by serving them.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… And love your neighbor as yourself.” - Matthew 22:37,39 (NLT)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that we show God’s love to others by serving them:
1. Serving Badge
Cut a sheriff star or police badge out of cardboard. Have your child help you cover it with aluminum foil so it is nice and shiny. On the front, use a permanent marker to draw a heart. Using a stapler, attach the badge to a piece of string. Have him add embellishments or beads if he likes. Then brainstorm ways to serve the family while wearing the badge. Talk about how Jesus served others by asking these questions:
- Why did Jesus wash the disciples’ feet?
- How would it make you feel to wash somebody’s dirty feet?
- How does Jesus feel when we serve others?
- How has Jesus served us?
2. Bike Wash
Let your child set up a free “Bike Wash” for neighborhood kids. You will need a hose, bucket and plenty of old towels. Let your kids serve other kids by making their bikes super shiny clean! This would be a fun activity to do as a community group!
3. Finger Play
Here are two helpful hands to do. (Hold up hands)
Work for Mom and Dad and you. (Point to others)
Here are two helpful feet to run (Point to feet)
Errands when they must be done. (Run in place)
Here are two ears to hear you say, (Cup hands behind ears)
“The Lord’s my Helper every day.” (Point upward)
As Jesus modeled service for His disciples, pray for opportunities this week to model service for your child/children. Ask God to show you how you can go above and beyond this week to serve your child in a way that will uniquely speak to him/her of Jesus’ love.
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