Bible Passage: John 4
Story Point: Jesus loves all people.
Key Passage: John 3:16
Show videos: There is a video for Early Childhood, and one for Elementary. If you have children in both age groups, show both!
Discussion Time: Follow up with the following questions. Answers are provided, but first see what your child comes up with.
Early Childhood 2-5 years old:
- 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)
- What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image.
Elementary 1st-5th Grade:
- 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
- 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 in 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.
Supplies: plastic cup, paper, pencils
Provide a sheet of paper and a pencil to each kid. Ask kids to write about or draw pictures of a few things they consider to be blessings. Help then think though 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 then into the cup. Allow then a few chances, or so they may simply place their paper wad in the cup. By the end, the cup should be over flowing with paper wads.