The towel and basin are the symbol of diaconal ministry.
They represent humble service to those in need.
"Deacs" Do Feet...
You may have seen deaconesses and students washing feet at a Women's Conference or Youth Gathering. We aren't podiatrists, pedicurists, or reflexologists. We are people called to a life of diakonia (service). Jesus says, "If I your Lord and master would wash your feet, you should wash one another’s."
A lot of ministry happens while we do feet. We hear many stories, learn a lot and make new friends.