Bible Story:  The Story of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37

Bottom Line:  God made you to help others.

Memory Verse:  “Let your light shine so others can see it.  Then they will see the good things you do.  And they will bring glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Fun Activity One: Bandage Tag

What you need

4 cones or something to mark the four corners of your playing area.

What to do: 

  • Use cones to mark your playing area.
  • Choose someone to be “it”.
  • If someone is tagged, they must cover the “tagged” spot with their hand (like a bandage) for the rest of the game.  If tagged again, they must cover that spot with their other hand.  If tagged a third time, they must go to the “hospital” – sit out on the sidelines.  Once someone is in the hospital, another player (not the player who is it) may tag them to let them back in the game.
  • Play continues until all players have been tagged.
  • Select a new “it” and play again.
  • Continue as time & interest allow.

What you say:

“In our Bible story today, a man was hurt and lying on the side of the road.  Two people passed him by, but one man stopped to help.  The Bible tells that he bandaged the man’s wounds and took him to a place where he could get better, even paying for his care.  In our silly game today, you had to cover your hand with a “bandage” or sit out in the hospital & then wait for someone to help you get back in the game.  We’re learning today that (Bottom Line) God made you to help others.  There are lots of ways you can do that this week!

Watch This!  God MADE Me to HELP!

Fun Activity Two: Fruit Fingertips

What you need:

  • Fruit Roll-Ups or Fruit by the Foot

What you do:

Pass out the fruit rolls.

  • Encourage kids to place their fingerprints into their fruit rolls.
  • Compare fingerprints to see how no two are alike.
  • Enjoy!

What you say:

“Of all the billions of people in the world, isn’t it amazing that no two people’s fingerprints are exactly alike?  What an amazingly creative God.  He has uniquely wired you.  You are wonderfully made by a God who deeply loves and cares for you.  And you have a purpose!  (Bottom Line) God made you to help others.  He wants you to use your hands for good.  So my challenge to you is to look for ways to help today.”

Fun Activity Three: I Wish You Well

What you need:

  • Blank note cards, envelopes, decorating supplies, scissors, glue

What you do:

  • Give everyone a note card and envelope.
  •  Set out the decorative supplies & encourage kids to decorate the cards as they choose.  The kids’ creativity is the only limit!

What to say:

“This week and beyond, look for and opportunity to give your card to someone who is sick, injured, or needs encouragement.  Because when you take the time to show others that you care, you show them that God loves them and that they’re important to God.  So remember, just like the Samaritan in Jesus’ parable, (Bottom Line) God made you to help others.”

 

I hope you all had fun with these activities!  We will see you tomorrow at 9:00a, 10:15a or 11:30a!