Monday, April 2, 2012

The Last Supper JMJ Style

It’s Easter week!  Our family celebrates pretty much every holiday on the calendar and Easter is no exception and this year we are going to try something new.  In the past we have celebrated the bunny and faith aspects of Easter but this year we are going to go a little more in depth with the biblical history involved.  I know that lots of churches do Maundy Thursday Dinners or a Passover Seder Meal.  I can appreciate these things but they are not super kid friendly, so I have taken the liberty to put my own twist on the Last Supper.  This Thursday night this is what we will be doing:
-In biblical times they would have sat on pillows or mats around a low table.  We are going to simulate this by having a carpet picnic and sitting on pillows.
-When you see pictures of the Last Supper there are always bowls of fruit and bread on the table.  This I can do!  Kids love fruit and bread so we will go with that.  Feel free to cook lamb and other cultural favorites that were probably really served that day but I am going to opt to skip that part of the meal.  My Passover feast is going to look more like a tapas party.
-One thing that I really do want to illustrate to my kids is the message of servant leadership that Christ demonstrated by washing the disciples’ feet.  When it is time to call everyone to the table I want to have a bowl or bucket ready and we will talk about how people’s feet were filthy back in that day and that it was customary to wash your feet before you sat to eat.  We will discuss how rich people had servants that would perform this task.  I will explain that even though Jesus was a very important person, He still wanted to serve His friends by performing this act of kindness.   My husband and I  will then wash the children’s feet before we sit to eat our meal.
-I am not sure what direction our conversation will take.  I think they will be intrigued with many of the facts surrounding the meal, which will foster discussion.  Things like where people ate, what they ate, how they dressed, why they didn’t use tall tables, and so on.  I am fine with this.  My goal is to simply bring some biblical knowledge into the picture.  I am not striving for theological greatness here. 
I am excited about giving this a try.  If you decide to make this activity part of your holiday I would love to hear how it goes and glean any fun ideas you may have!  You can always chat with me on my facebook page Just-Mama Jenni.  

1 comment:

  1. Love this.... So kind and creative! :)
    Michelle Matthews