The passage of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples can be used with your 12-14 year olds to teach a lesson on humility, on of the important Sunday school topics for this age. Having them role play situations which they encounter daily gives them a chance to see the important lessons which come from this story.
Read the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Ask for volunteers to read the verses, or go around the room with each child in turn reading one verse.
John 13: 1-17
What is the important point of this bible passage? Why is washing someone’s feet a good example of someone showing humility? How do we feel when someone makes us feel that they are better than we are?
Activity 1: Role Play
In pairs, make up a scene where one person makes the other feel inferior.
Have the rest of the class discuss the situation that was performed, and how it could have been handled with more humility.
Be prepared to give a few age appropriate examples that they can work with – clothes, hairstyle, gadgets, etc.
Think about the world in which we live. What examples are there of people who do not show humility? Why do the students think that people act in such a way as to cause others to feel inferior – for example power, greed.
You have just won a competition – perhaps a beauty pageant or cycle race – and received a number of prizes. Write an account of your win for the local newspaper that shows both your humility at winning and respect for other competitors.