PREK & ELEMENTARY
WEEK OF SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
Bible Passage: John 4
Story Point: Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe.
Key Passage: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
What is God Like: God is love.
CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus offers something better than physical water; He gives us Himself. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to everyone who comes to Him by faith. We can worship Him as Lord and Savior wherever we are.
LET'S HAVE A CONVERSATION
1. CHECK OUT THE BIBLE STORY
OPTION 2: WATCH IT
2. SHARE YOUR STORY
Consider questions that pursue the heart of your child during natural points of connection. Here’s one during a walk or at the dinner table this week: Prompt kids to share what their favorite beverages are.
3. MORE QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION
Where did Jesus stop to rest? (a well in Samaria)
Why was the woman surprised Jesus talked to her? (Jews did not like Samaritans.)
What is the living water Jesus told the woman about? (God’s Spirit.)
Who did Jesus say He is? (the Messiah)
Who’s love never fails? (God’s)
What did Jesus ask for when He first saw the Samaritan woman? (a drink of water, John 4:7)
What did Jesus say would happen to a person who drinks the living water? (He will never thirst again. It will become a well in him. He will have eternal life; John 4:14)
Where did Jesus say people will worship God? (anywhere, in spirit and truth; John 4:23-24)
What is the living water Jesus spoke about? Guide kids to see that the living water is a picture of what the Holy Spirit is like. When we believe the gospel, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to live within us. He helps us to love and obey God and fills our lives with joy and love so that we can “overflow” joy and love onto other people.
What does it mean to worship God in spirit and in truth? Discuss how everyone worships something, but only believers worship the one true God. Point out that worshiping in spirit means that our very core, including our emotions, is involved in worshiping God. Explain that worshiping in truth means we worship the true God when we understand the wonderful truth of what He has done for us.
How can we receive “living water”? Remind the kids that the Bible teaches everyone who believes the gospel will be saved. Help them understand that when we believe the gospel, we repent of sin and love God. God forgives our sin, gives us new hearts, and sends the Holy Spirit to live in us and help us obey God out of love.
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
WHAT YOU NEED: paper, crayons or pencils
WHAT YOU DO: Provide a sheet of paper and a pencil to each member of the family or group. Ask kids to write about or draw pictures of a few things they consider to be blessings. Help them think through things like their families, their school, their friends, their church family, and so forth. Then challenge the kids to wad their papers into balls and toss them into the cup. Allow them a few chances, or they may simply place their paper wad in the cup. By the end, the cup should be overflowing with paper wads.
WHAT YOU SAY: God blesses us in so many ways. It is good to remember the blessings we have from God. The Bible teaches that every good gift is from God. The best gift we could receive is salvation from sin. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe. When we have the Holy Spirit living with us, our hearts overflow with joy, and the blessings in our lives can be used to bless other people too.
WHAT YOU NEED: watercolors, brushes, cups of water, paper
WHAT YOU DO: Provide each kid with paper and a paintbrush. Instruct kids to share the watercolors and to dip their brushes in a cup of water between using any two colors. Give them time to paint a picture of whatever they would like to paint.
WHAT YOU SAY: Those colors are beautiful, but they didn’t really work as paint until we added water to them. Our Bible story this week talked about a kind of water Jesus said He would add to our lives to allow us to live for Him.
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY
WHAT YOU NEED: A Bible (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16)
WHAT YOU DO: Before reviewing, place a bookmark at John 3:16. Hide the Bible somewhere unlikely. Choose a child to find it, giving specific direction. Invite him to open the found Bible to the key passage. Read it out loud.
Here’s a link to Motions
WHAT YOU SAY: Our key passage reminds us that God displayed His love for us in a very amazing way. God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Everyone who believes in Jesus will be saved from sin and live forever with God.
PRESCHOOL AND TODDLERS...
WHAT YOU NEED: magazines, scissors, glue sticks, paper
WHAT YOU DO: Draw a big heart on a large piece of paper. Write the story point above it. Help children cut out people images from magazines and glue them inside the heart. Encourage children to look for people different from themselves. Repeat the story point as they work. Display the poster.
WHAT YOU SAY: The Samaritan woman was surprised Jesus spoke to her because He was a Jew. Jews did not like Samaritans. But Jesus is different from other people. Jesus loves all people, and He came to give everyone a free gift: salvation from sin. What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image. All people are made in God’s image, no matter what color their skin is, where they are from, whether they are a boy or a girl, or how talented they are!
travel various ways
WHAT YOU DO: Name a mode of travel and invite preschoolers to act it out. Give children a chance to name types of travel too.
WHAT YOU SAY: We have so many ways to travel! Usually, we take the shortest and easiest way to get from one place to another. But the Jews took a longer way around Samaria because they didn’t like the people there. Jesus didn’t avoid anyone though. He walked straight through Samaria because Jesus loves all people. What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image.
play rhythm instruments
WHAT YOU NEED: instruments
WHAT YOU DO: Provide rhythm instruments as you play worship music about Jesus’ love for people. Retell the Bible story.
WHAT YOU SAY: Jesus cared for people. Anyone who trusts in Jesus will be saved.
journalingFOR 4TH-6TH GRADE
Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.
What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
What does the story teach me about myself?
Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
What characteristics of God do I see in this story?
What does the story teach me about people around me?
If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?
talking to kids about the gospel...
Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids
A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!
B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.
C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.