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.
You will need: Empty, clean glass jar PVA glue Water 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!
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?
Watch the story here from LUMO Project Or here for a great all age telling from Holy Tales Bible Stories
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!