Bible Texts:

Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:36-8:3; John 12:1-8


Children's Bible Story sources:

"Banquet with Simon," Spark Story Bible, p.354 

"A woman washes Jesus' feet," DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.248



Children's Story Resource

The Goblin and the Empty Chair by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

A goblin who catches his own reflection in a pond becomes self-aware of his potential to scare people. He covers his face and begins to move in the shadows where his is unlikely to be seen. Upon seeing the sadness of the members of a small family, the goblin sets about working deeds of kindness on their behalf. His kindness is the beginning of their healing.

How these stories are connected: The goblin thought he was ugly and that people might be scared if they saw his face. In the same way, the woman who washed Jesus' feet had things about her that kept her from being accepted by others. These two stories both suggest that sharing a meal and caring for one another might be ways people can bridge the gaps that divide them.



Questions about The Goblin and the Empty Chair

     Why do you think the farmer, the woman and the girl put their heads in their hands?

     Why do you think the goblin didn’t want to be seen?

     What do you think about how they all helped each other?


Questions about the Bible story:

     Why do you think Simon didn’t want the woman to be in his house?

     Why do you think Jesus wanted her to stay?

     How do you think Simon and the woman could help each other?


 Questions about our lives: 

     Who needs your help?

     What would you have to do in order to help them?



Dear God, thank you for the people who help us when we need it. Help us to see the things that people need. Help us to help them. Amen.