Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet: John 13:1-15

How do you feel about feet?  One of the last things we do on summer nights is to wash our feet before we get into bed.  It is surprising how dirty they can get in just one day of playing outside!  This Family God Time devotion connects this simple task to Jesus’ life.  Enjoy growing in faith together as a family!


Supplies:  God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible or a family Bible with this story, access to the internet, access to foot washing supplies, nail polish (optional).

Gather: We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time.  Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable.  My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose!  Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).

Story:  Read the story “Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet” from John 13:1-15 in My First Hands On Bible (you can do the activities there, if you like), your Bible, or you can check out this version:

Discuss: What did Jesus do for his disciples in this story?  Why do you think he did that?  Why do you think he told them to be a servant to others?  What are some ways that we as a family could work on serving others together?

Song:  Jesus Loves Me:  Foot Washing Version
Jesus loves me, this we know,
For the Bible tells us so,
Little feet to him belong,
When he’s weak, that’s when he’s strong.
Yes, Jesus loves us!  We love each other!
Yes, Jesus loves us!  The Bible tells us so!

Activity: For our activity this week, we washed one another’s feet.  I found that it worked best with a bucket of warm water in the bath tub.  My daughter also insisted on using a scrub brush to get in between my toes!  It may seem silly, but after reviewing the story and singing the song, it was a holy experience.  Here is a picture of my clean tootsies from that memorable day:

clean tootsies

Prayer: (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Lord Jesus, you washed the disciples’ feet to show that you were willing to do anything to love them.  Help us to help and love each other, as you first loved us.  In your name we pray, Amen.

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