Maundy Thursday

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Welcome to Thursday of Holy Week. The day we call Maundy Thursday. What on earth is that, you ask? Check it out here.

Today is the day Jesus eats with his disciples, teaches them about the nature of servanthood as he washes their feet and moves into the night where darkness takes hold.

Enter the Story
Read the Gospel account of John here.

View the story for younger people here from What’s In The Bible With Buck Denver. a Phil Vischer production (creator of Veggie Tales)

View the LUMO project story here.

Engage the Story
Let’s think about the story we have just encountered. Using the prompts below, reflect and write, draw or talk about your responses with someone special to you.

Do you have ticklish feet? Do you think any of the disciples laughed when Jesus washed their feet?
How smelly do you think all of the disciples feet were?
How do you feel when someone touches your feet? Does it tickle?

What did Jesus mean when he said to Peter” If I don’t wash you, you have no part with Me.”?
Think about Peter’s response “Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”, what might this mean?

Embodying The Story
In our current society, with COVID-19, cleanliness is such a big deal. Take a moment, go to your sink and wash your hands using the music of the doxology as your guide for the length of time to wash your hands but also as a way of thanksgiving for all that we have in this current moment, and through the thanksgiving for the sacrifice of the Christ on the cross. Think about what it meant for Jesus to take the feet of EACH of the disciples in his hands, to wash and dry them. How are we able to find the blessings in the challenging moments.

Remember the Light Lantern

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Remembering the Light

You will need:
Empty, clean glass jar
PVA glue
Paint brush
Tissue paper

How to Make It:
Cut some of your tissue paper into small squares. (A little goes a long way!)
In a glass add some PVA and a little water to thin it out.
Using the Brush, cover a section of the jar with the glue, then add pieces of tissue paper however you like!
Keep brushing a section and adding tissue paper until the jar is covered.
Once the jar is covered, brush a final layer of the PVA onto the jar ensuring that all edges of the tissue paper have been stuck down.
Place the jar somewhere to dry.
Once dry, add a tealight or battery operated tealight candle.
Now wait for it to get dark so you can see how beautiful the glow is!

If you don’t have a glass jar, check out this alternative from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry

Holy Tuesday

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Welcome to Tuesday in Holy Week. This week as we explore the readings of Holy Week through our senses today’s reading for us is from John’s gospel (RCL yr A) and can be found here.

It is the story of Jesus talking about his impending death with the disciples and what it means to follow him.

In John 12:20-36, Jesus explains to the disciples the way in which he will be glorified. He talks about the way that his hour has now come, using metaphors of wheat and light to talk about himself. So today we are going to focus on thinking about Jesus as the light.

Thinking About This

Take a few moments to think about this story today using the prompts below. Write about it for yourself or share a conversation with someone you love.

Have you ever been somewhere so dark you couldn’t see your own hand in front of you?
How did feel for you?
What happened after you brought light into that space?

What do you think Jesus was trying to say to the disciples?
Do you think the disciples understood what he was saying?
Can you think of other places in the Bible where Jesus talks about light?

How might you share your light today? 

Embodying This Story

Watch the story here from LUMO Project
Or here for a great all age telling from Holy Tales Bible Stories

Today we are going to create some light to carry us into the week. Check out this creation!

Get your groove on with Hillsong Kids here as they sing about the Light of the World.

Other great resources: dough matcolouring page, colourful prayer

Holy Monday

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Welcome to Monday in Holy Week. This week as we explore the readings of Holy Week through our senses today’s reading for us is from John’s gospel (RCL yr A) and can be found here. It is the story of a woman’s extravagant love for Jesus in sharing something so precious and expensive with him. It is a reminder of the way in which we are invited to love God and others, with a generous and unbound love.

In John 12:1-7, at a meal given in Jesus’ honor, Mary expressed her devotion to the Lord by breaking open an expensive jar of fragrant oil, anointing Jesus’ feet with it, and wiping them with her hair. Some present objected, but Jesus defended Mary for her actions. Our sense of smell is a very powerful thing in helping us to feel comforted, disgusted or even a bit ill. Jesus accepts Mary’s offering as it fills his senses.

Thinking About This

Take a few moments to think about this story today using the prompts below. Write about it for yourself or share a conversation with someone you love.

What is your favourite smell in the whole wide world?
What is one thing you absolutely can’t stand the smell of?
What is a smell that brings to mind a special memory?

What is the most precious thing you own?
Have you ever love someone so much that you were willing to give up your previous item for them?

How do you think Mary was feeling? How about Jesus?
How about Judas? Have a think about the way he responded to Mary’s offering.
What about the others gathered there, have a think about how they might be feeling. Pretend you are one of them present and write, draw or talk about your response.

How can we be generous with our love towards others just like Mary was towards Jesus?

How might you show your love for God today?

Embodying This Story

Watch the story here from LifeKids.

Using your senses see if you can beat the challenge of What is that smell?

Other great resources: jigsaw puzzle, code words, spot the difference, word search, colouring pages

For something extra, you can look here for ideas on how we tell God how much we love God through prayers of praise and adoration.

What is that smell!

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Our sense of smell is a very powerful thing. There is a story in the Bible which speaks of a woman’s devotion to Jesus by sharing a gift with him that had the most amazing smell. John 12: 1-7 tells the story of Mary of Bethany who anoints Jesus feet with some precious oil she had been keeping. You can read the story in full here.

Why not embody this story and test out your own sense of smell. Grab a friend or family member and have a go at the activity below. See how good your nose is.

You will need:
6 glasses
items from your pantry or fridge, you pick! Pick items that will have a strong smell
Cotton balls
A friend
A blind fold
A teatowel

How to play:
Pick your six smells from your pantry and place a small portion into each glass, so you have one smell in one cup. If you are using liquids you might like to put a cotton ball in the glass to soak up the smell and save on spilling chances!
Cover your glasses with a tea towel and go and grab your friend.
Once they are back at the smelling table, blindfold them. When the blindfold is secured well, offer them the glasses one at a time and ask them to take a good smell and see if they can figure out what they all are.

Have them swap so you can have a go, raid the pantry again and try with something different!

Hosanna Banner

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When Jesus Rode into Jerusalem on a Donkey, the crowds were so excited to see him. He was their long expected king. The one who would free them from oppression. If I was in my congregation this weekend we would be celebrating with palm leaves, songs and dancing. Let’s not let the physical distancing of CV-19 change that. Let’s still celebrate, and here’s how we can do this together in our homes.

What you will need:

A print out of this palm leaf template.
8 A4 sheets green or white paper
Pencils, textas, crayons and maybe green paint
PVA glue
optional: green glitter

How To Make
Print & Cut out one copy of palm leaf template.
If you have green paper, fantastic! Use your template to cut enough to spell “Hosanna” and whatever you want on either side of it.
If you don’t have any green paper, print out 8 of the templates, and colour with green crayon, texta, pencil or paint!
If you have glitter, run a line of glue around the edges of each letter and apply glitter (maybe ask a big person to assist with this)
Once your leaves are dry, string them up to make your banner! Don’t forget to make sure all of your letters are in the right order. H-O-S-A-N-N-A-!

That’s it everybody! Now find somewhere to hang it so you can look at it and remember the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem and the crowds that cheered for him.