SUNDAY IS COMING
Children will sign in before the service and have their worship and story and activities and playing in their groups.
TO READ TOGETHER
In Jesus’ day it wasn’t socially acceptable for people of different genders to speak with each other in public. On top of that, the woman is a Samaritan—something the disciples find so awkward that they don’t even bring it up. Maybe this event is recorded to illustrate that Jesus’ approach to women and foreigners is radically different from the religious customs that surround him. Not only that, but he opens a door to dialogue with a representative of a group the Jewish people considered heretics. Above all, Jesus reveals himself as the Messiah.
God’s love is our living water. Water keeps us alive, and so does love! Kids learn
in school that we need food and water to live. Today, extend kids’ thinking to include our need for love to survive and thrive.
TO TALK ABOUT:
What do you think living water is?
TO PRAY TOGETHER
God of light and living water
Sometimes we are thirst for your love. Be with us when we feel empty and need you to surround us.
(Ask God to do this for some other people too)
All our prayers we give to you.
TO DO TOGETHER:
A well was a common place for people to meet in Bible times. Go for a walk outside together and talk about places that you could meet Jesus today such as the park, grocery store, bus stop, and so on.
One of the most wonderful parts of this story is that Jesus knew everything about the Samaritan woman when he met her. Have each family member draw or paint a self-portrait in the center of a large sheet of paper. Add words, images, and symbols around each image that describe that person.
How fantastic it is to be known by each other who love each other lots but how wonderful to be known by God, who loves us most.