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4th-5th Grade (W)

Big Idea: My faith grows deeper when I serve others.
Bible Story: Jesus Washed His Disciples’ Feet (John 13:1-17)
Memory Verse: God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 PETER 4:10
We are going to play a game where you will have to pair up with another S.E.A. Agent-in-Training who has the same gift or talent as you.
When I say something from the list that you have, start finding someone who has that same gift, talent, or ability.
Once you’ve found a partner, sit down and share with them about your gift or talent.
If you do not have the gift or talent, that’s okay – we all have different gifts. Find someone else like you. Share something you both have in common!
Here are some ideas to get started. Feel free to add some of your own!
Plays the same sport, plays the same musical instrument, is able to ride a scooter, bike, or roller skate, can make a new friend easily, is able to recite a Bible verse from memory, knows how to cook or bake, can blow a bubble with chewing gum, is shy when meeting new people, enjoys singing
Challenge each kid to think of one random act of kindness they can do to serve a friend or family member (like doing the dishes, picking up toys, helping a friend with homework, or giving food to someone who’s hungry).
When they’ve thought of one, have them act it out in a game of charades, while the rest of the group tries to guess what it is.

Tip for Older Kids: Turn this activity into a competition. Split your group into two teams and let each kid write down one of their ideas on a piece of paper. Mix up the papers and play classic charades. Each team has a 60-second turn to guess as many as possible and the team with the most points wins!
Look up John 13:1-17 and read it out loud.
Jesus’ friends (who we call the disciples) had pretty dirty feet. That’s because people in those days didn’t have boots, sneakers, paved roads, cars, buses, or bikes. Instead, they usually wore sandals and either walked or rode animals down dusty roads.That means their feet got really, really dirty.
Plus, mealtime back then was different from what mealtime might be like at your house. Instead of sitting at a tall table in chairs, people used to sit or lie on the ground to eat. That means your food would be really close to everyone’s dirty feet! So you’d probably want to make sure your feet got washed before you sat down to eat dinner.
Back then, people either washed their feet themselves or they would let the least important person in the room wash their feet for them. That’s why it was so surprising when Jesus decided to wash his friends’ feet!
Jesus’ friends knew that Jesus wasn’t the least important person in the room — Jesus was the most important person in the world.
MAKE IT PERSONAL: Tell a story from your own life about a time when someone used their gifts to serve you. You might talk about a teacher who taught you something important, or someone who comforted you when you were afraid, or someone who said something kind to you when you were sad.
What did Jesus do to serve His friends?
Why do you think Jesus wanted to wash His friends’ feet?
What did Jesus tell His friends to do after He washed their feet?
Let’s read Romans 12:6. Why do you think God gives each of us different gifts?
What are some of the gifts God has given you?
How can you use the gifts God has given you to serve others?
Memory Verse
Place a piece of butcher paper in the middle of the kids.
Using a marker, write the memory verse in big letters on the paper.
Read the verse several times with your kids so that they can begin to memorize it.
Next, give each kid one post-it note.
Tell them to close their eyes, count to 3, and have them blindly slap their note onto the Bible verse.
If their note is touching any part of a letter, it can stay.
If their note is not touching a letter, they must remove it and try again.
When all of the notes are covering part of a letter, have the kids recite the verse.
Continue playing rounds until most of the kids can recite the verse from memory.
Wrap Up
Close your small group time by praying with your kids.
With the remaining time you have left, let kids work on the activity pages in their binder. Use this time to connect with the kids in your group. It’s often in the “blank space” that relationships begin to form!
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