The Thursday before Easter is filled with meaning that I want to share with my kiddos. Jesus and the disciples celebrate the Last Supper, Jesus is betrayed by Judas and subsequently arrested and tried. Jesus prays in the garden, sweating great drops of blood. He utters a line that should be a standard of our lives, “Not my will, but yours be done.” What a day! So, how can we make it real for our kids? How can they experience that Thursday that Jesus lived through 2,000 years ago? By celebrating The Last Supper as a Christian.
CELEBRATING THE LAST SUPPER AS A CHRISTIAN (family):
Plan a dinner, similar to the one Jesus experienced. The Jewish passover recounts the deliverance of the Jews from Egypt. I would instead like the stories to be about Jesus and his sacrifice for us. I am taking liberty to change quite a bit to relate it to my kids, make it interesting but also telling the story in a meaningful way. I am in no way trying to imply this is what an authentic passover seder looks like. I just used it as inspiration to tell the story of Jesus.
THE DINNER MENU:
- Matzah (whole wheat unleavend bread)
- sprigs of parsley
- salt water
- Charoset (Passover Apples & Honey – printable recipe below)
- boiled egg
- shank bone of lamb (or any meat you would like. I was making a roast, so that worked for us!)
- glass of red grape juice (or wine)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
- 5 cups apples - peeled, cored and chopped
- 2 cups grape juice
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Recipe adapted from AllRecipes
Jewish Seders heavily involve the children. The method they use is asking the children questions and allowing them to answer and explain what everything means. The answers are included on the notecards.
(Download and print onto cardstock. Cut out each numbered card and pass them around the table!)
TIP: I have tried to make this a short little celebration, only allowing discussion to go on if initiated by the kids. I want this to be something that is interesting and meaningful…but not long, drawn-out and boring. If you have children that are early elementary or younger, I would shorten it even more. I’m sure you know your audience. 🙂 Below is a 3 minute story about the Last Supper from the Jesus Storybook Bible.
Would you like more Easter resources? Check these out!
- 5 Ways to Make Easter More Meaningful for Busy Families
- Brenda’s Best Mashed Potatoes (+ ham leftover ideas)
I hope that you enjoy making the Last Supper meaningful with your family!