School is In – Let’s Talk About Helping
STORY: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
Hey there, I’m Pastor Fish. Ready for a story? I want to tell you Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan. Once there was a man, who got beaten and robbed, and was left half dead on the side of the road.
First a priest happened to pass by, but did he stop to help the man?
Then a Levite happened to pass by… but did he stop to help the man?
Right again! Then a Samaritan was passing by… but did he stop to help the man?
Yes, he did!
He felt compassion in his heart, and, taking pity on the man, bound his wounds, poured oil and wine, and set him on his own animal, carrying him to an inn to take care of him. When he left the next day, he left money with the innkeeper, to take care of the man, saying “whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.
Jesus asked, “which of these three people was a good neighbor to the man?”
(the one who showed mercy?)
Yes that’s right! The Samaritan showed mercy. And Jesus’ people didn’t get along with Samaritans, so what do you think about Jesus teaching us that a Samaritan could be a hero?
(anyone can be a hero!)
- Review: We Always Review our “Golden Rule Rhyme.” Say together (substitute ‘Sunday school’ for something else such as ‘bible school’ where needed):
“As we gather in Sunday school, we will follow the Golden Rule.
To each other be kind and true , as we want to be treated too!”
- Thinking: Jesus was Jewish. The Jewish people and the Samaritans did not get along. Why did Jesus use a Samaritan as the hero in this story? Who are the people we don’t get along with? Imagine Jesus using someone like that as the hero of the story.
- Bible Savvy: What is Jesus trying to teach us?
- Doing and Being: In what way do we want to be like the Good Samaritan?
- Imaginary Play [material: n/a] Pretend you are a person in trouble. The teacher walks by without helping… what does that feel like? Now the teacher is the Samaritan. How does that feel?
- Drawing [material: paper, crayons] Draw the scene you heard in the story.
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