Bible Passage (for parents)
Footwashing and New Commandment (John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

Jesus gathered with his disciples to share a meal.  This meal is often called “The Last Supper.”  Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and he gave them a new commandment “Love one another.”  That’s one of the things we remember on Maundy Thursday.  In fact, the word “maundy” comes from a Latin word which means command or commandment.

Watch the story together:



  • Why did Jesus wash the disciples’ feet?
  • What do you think Jesus was thinking when he washed his disciples’ feet? What was Peter thinking?  What was Judas thinking?
  • What was the new commandment Jesus gave his disciples and us?




Consider experiencing footwashing in some way.  You might wash one another’s feet.  If that isn’t comfortable, you could create a tableau instead.  Tableaus are silent, frozen frames of a story or event, much like a photograph rebuilt with actors.  Have someone be Jesus, Peter, and the other disciples.  Recreate what the footwashing looked like.  Another option might be soaking your feet in water with Epsom salts or bubble bath.


Use sidewalk chalk and trace your feet on the driveway or sidewalk.  Trace a whole path of footprints.  Write “Love one another.”  You could also use permanent markers (or fabric markers, if you have them) and trace a foot on a pillowcase and write “Love one another” on it.


Jesus washed his disciples’ feet as an example of loving service to others.  Jesus gave us an new commandment “Love one another.”  Jesus said people will know we are his disciple if we have love for one another.

  • How can we show our love for Jesus? How can we show love to others?
  • What is one way you can serve someone?

Closing Prayer

For today’s closing prayer, pray using this video:



Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home.  There will be a new one for each Sunday (as well as for Holy Week) while we are unable to gather together physically in our congregation’s building.  Contact him at [email protected].