The Good Samaritan

 ‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?

Intro:
If you were in trouble or hurt what would you like someone to do for you? What would you do if you saw someone who needed help? Would you find it easier to help someone you liked or someone you didn’t like? Should that make a difference?

Game: Three Legged Race
Get the children into pairs by size. Use a strip of cloth to tie a right leg to a left leg. (Non-motorized wheelchair users can join in: tie their wrist together and the non-wheelchair child can help push the wheel forward. Let them practice). Race!

Game: Mugged in the mud
Just like stuck in the mud ut with more thematic links. Run around! One person is ‘it’ anyone they touch gets stuck and has to lie on the floor. They can be rescued by anyone being a Good Samaritan who has to shake their hand and say ‘neighbour’. Name a Priest and a Levite who can be mugged but can’t help anyone else.

Memory verse:
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18
Create a string of people and write this memory verse on it. For smaller kids start from “Love your neighbour…”

Drama:
I co-wrote this script when studying drama and discipleship with Riverside Performing Arts (so the best bits probably aren’t mine!). It can be cunningly adapted to almost any number of people and the audience are involved from the beginning when they can choose the name of the unknown injured man.

Talk:
In the story Jesus told what did the Samaritan do? Why was that a surprise?
Jews and Samaritans did not get on at all. But unlike the Priest and the Levite he had mercy on the poor hurt man. What did he have to do? Do you think it was easy for him?
It can be really hard to do what Jesus says and to love other people as much as we love ourselves. We might have to give up our time or our money, we might have to miss out on something we were planning to do, or get dirty, or have other people say nasty things about us. But it helps to remember that it’s already been done for us. God saw we were in trouble with our sin: that we weren’t able to make it better. And even though he didn’t need to he came to earth as a man like us. He gave up all the worship of the angels in heaven to live with us and lots of people on earth rejected him. He even gave up his life and was horribly killed so that we could be free from sin. Knowing that God loves us – helps us to love others. Knowing that God has had mercy on us helps us to have mercy on others.

Activity:
This wordsearch.

Songs:
Any version of John 3:16. This is the one I know best:
For God so loved the world – John Hardwick: High Energy Holiday Club Songs
So Great is Jesus’ Love – Dr Rocktrin and the Groovemeisters: God Unlimited

Prayer:
Pray for a) a neighbour who needs help, b) a neighbour you can tell about Jesus, c) a neighbour you can be a better friend to.

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