I designed this Good Friday scripture lunch to tell the story of the Passion to kids. They receive one food at a time, and each is symbolic to a part of the Easter story. After receiving each item, there is scripture to read that goes with it.
This is very simple to put together. The most complicated thing is making the crown of thorns, and actually boiling the eggs. Nothing too crazy for a busy mom to pull off.
- Peppermint Patties (These are for Judas’ “silver”, so if you want to wrap something else in silver foil, that would work as well.)
- Hershey’s Kisses (for the “kiss” from Judas) I got the dark chocolate ones because they are purple, the color of Lent.
- Cheese cubes (we sliced up cheese sticks)
- Plastic Cocktail Swords (depending on how many boys you have, you might find enough plastic swords among your action figures that you don’t need the cocktail swords)
- Eggs (and then hard-boil them)
- Ritz Crackers
- Peanut Butter
- Regular Pretzels
- Big Pretzel Rods
- Salt and Vinegar Chips
The meal is also served with a glass of water.
Setting Up The Meal- Put each type of food on a different plate, and set them up in the middle of the table like serving dishes, including the glasses of water. Everyone will begin with an empty plate. When it’s time for a certain food, you pass that plate around and everyone takes one of the items. As the plate goes around, you read your kids the scripture that goes with that food. (You’ll be eating when everyone else is finished- lol.)
Before beginning, put 3 bookmaks in your Bible: On in Luke chapter 22, one in John chapter 19, and one in Matthew chapter 27. (I really tried not to skip around too much, but not all the Gospels have all the different parts represented, so this was the best I could do.)
I think it’s best to read the scripture straight from the Bible to your kids so they see where it’s coming from. We read our scriptures from my giant wedding Bible as we went.
Begin by explaining to everyone that each part of the lunch stands for a piece of our Lord’s Passion, and we’ll receive each item while listening to the scripture. Tell them if they don’t like something, they may quietly (and politely) set it to the side, but not to disrupt the readings for everyone else by making a big deal out of it. Tell them they will receive their water at the appropriate time, and if they are thirsty that it is an extra Good Friday sacrifice to wait patiently for their water. If they receive any food that they have given up for Lent, they may also make the sacrifice of placing it to the side rather than eating it.
Olives- these are symbolic of Jesus’ agony in the garden (at the Mount of Olives). Scripture- Luke 22: 39-46
Hershey’s Kiss- this is symbolic of the kiss of Judas. Scripture- Luke 22: 47-48
Sword With Cheese- To stand for Jesus’ arrest. Scripture- Luke 22: 49-54
Hard-Boiled Egg- symbolic of Peter’s denial. (Yes, I know that cocks don’t lay eggs, but we can’t eat chicken on Good Friday, and this meal needed a little protein.) Scripture- Luke 22: 55-62
Silver Peppermint Patty- Judas’ 30 pieces of silver. Scripture- Matthew 27: 3-8
Ritz cracker with peanut butter and broken pretzel bits around the edge- symbolic of the crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head. Scripture- John 19: 1-3
Water- for when Pilate washes his hands. Scripture- Matthew 27: 22-25
Pretzel Rod Cross- symbolic of the crucifixion. Scripture- John 19: 17- 19
Salt and Vinegar Chips- for when they offered Jesus vinegar to drink. Scripture- John 19: 28-30
Have a moment of silence after announcing the death of Jesus for everyone to reflect.
Holy Week In Handprints- have your kids illustrate the story of
Holy Week from the Bible using handprint illustrations.