This year during Family God Time, we will be using a resource from St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, but with a Family God Time twist. It is called “Lent in a Bag,” but we will be creating our own “Lent in a Dish” projects. I thought of the dish because of the beautiful Lenten garden that my daughter created in Sunday School last year, and thought that there could be a way to use both resources to create something meaningful over the course of several weeks.
You can read more about the original “Lent in a Bag” resource here: http://www.buildfaith.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/in-a-bag-trifold-Cuthbert-4-1.pdf You can read more about the Lenten dish gardens here: http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/03/mini-resurrection-garden-easter-craft.html
Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about how Jesus would do anything for his friends. Help our time to be a holy time. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: John 13:1-15
Read Jesus washing his disciples’ feet in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+13%3A1-15&version=ERV
We used the Spark Story Bible for our resource. It was the first two pages of the story “The Last Supper.” You can purchase your own copy here: http://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/product/8122/Spark-Story-Bible-Sunday-School-Edition?c=285812
Discuss as a family:
Why do you think that Jesus washed his disciples’ feet?
What job would you really not like to do? Who would you love enough to do it for?
How do you show others that you love them?
Song: I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
This is my favorite Lent song for kids. It gets the somber mood, but has a way to get the wiggles out. We held hands and walked in place while singing. Enjoy!
Activity: Pipe Cleaner Person
Perviously, we gathered all of the supplies we needed for the whole Lenten season Lent in a Dish. You can find the supply list here: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/preparing-for-lent-2017/
This week, we need a pipe cleaner.
Jesus was really a human person, and he really cared for his friends. He showed just how human he really was when he got down on his knees in front of his friends and washed their feet. To remind us of this, we are going to make a pipe cleaner person to add to our dishes. See the instructions, below.
Fold your pipe cleaner in half.
Wrap the middle around an adult’s thumb to make the head. Twist a couple of times.
Make two long twists to form the body.
Bend about an inch out of each end to become the legs, as shown. Wrap the ends up the body again.
Form the two ends into the arms. You have made a pipe cleaner person!
After you are done making your person, add it to your dish. Place the dish in a place where you and your family can see it all week long, to remind you to use your God-given power to help others!
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for this time to learn about how Jesus served his friends. Help us to use the power that you give us to serve others. In your name we pray, Amen.