Maundy Thursday occurs on the Thursday before Easter.
"Maundy" comes from the Latin word mandatus which means "commandment." On Maundy Thursday, we remember that Jesus sat at table with his disciples and told them, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you also should love one another." (John 13:34)
We also remember that on this night, Jesus began the tradition of celebrating the Lord's Supper, instructing his disciples to "Do this in remembrance of me." (1 Cor 11:23-26)
Explore the playlist below and reflect together on the significance of this day.
Watch this video that tells the story of the Last Supper. Do you have a children's Bible at home? Look up this story in your Bible (John 13) after the video and read it together.
Youth Video and Poem
Read through John 13 and then watch the video below.
Then reflect on the poem "it is the simple things", written by Slats Toole.
What's your favorite meal to eat with your family?
I wonder if you've ever heard the words that Jesus used at the Last Supper before?
I wonder what it would have been like to have dinner with Jesus?
I wonder how the disciples felt when Jesus washed their feet?
If Jesus wanted to wash your feet, I wonder what you would say?
Jesus said "Just as I have loved you, so you ought to love one another." (John 13:34) I wonder how you can love others as Jesus loves you?
Thank you, God, for the example of Jesus as a servant. Help us to love others like Jesus loves us. Amen.
Journey to Easter
Add to your "Journey to Easter" display in your house for Maundy Thursday.
Click here to get access to the coloring sheets and instructions.
Wash One Another's Hands/Feet
Jesus washed his disciple's feet as a way to show his love for them. He did a job that was normally done by a servant, showing us the importance of serving others.
Gather up a towel and a large bowl filled with water. As a family, take turns washing and drying one another's hands. As you wash and dry, say a blessing to the person "You are loved by Jesus. Go and serve."
Maundy Thursday Worship - Stripping the Table
Usually at the end of our Maundy Thursday worship service, we remove signs and symbols of our faith from the sanctuary. This removal of items helps us remember the loneliness and pain Jesus experienced, as well as the darkness of the tomb. But this is not the end! We wait and watch for for the new light on Easter morning and the promise of resurrection!
Our Maundy Thursday worship this year will be held in our homes over Zoom. As we move through the readings, remove items from your table, one by one until at the end of the readings, your table is bare. For more ideas on stripping the table, including removal of signs of faith in your house (and the joy of putting them back up on Easter morning!) check out this article: Maundy Thursday at Home: Stripping the Table.
Enjoy a time of Children and Worship together with the story of "The Last Passover."