Help Anyone who Needs Help
A Good Samaritan Helped a Stranger
“Our Father, help us to love our needy neighbors in a useful way.”
Choose activities that fit your children's background, and local customs.
Learn from Luke
10:25–37 how God expects us to treat other people,
· Let a teacher or older child tell the story of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25–37.
· Explain that the injured man was a Jew, and the person who showed real love was a Samaritan from a different community.
· The Jews and the Samaritans lived in the same general area but did not like each other.
Robbers had beat a traveler and had left him to die.
· Ask the children:
1) How many people passed the injured man before the Samaritan came along?
The priest and Levite were
religious people of the man’s own race.
3) The Samaritan was of a different race that did not like the people of the injured man. What did he feel for the man?
4) What did the Samaritan do for the man?
5) Whose example in this story did Jesus say we are to follow?
2. Children may like to copy or colour the picture found at the end of this lesson.
3. Act out without words this story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37.
it first and present it to the adults during worship time.
Younger children play these
parts (They have no spoken dialogue. They simply act out
Thieves (any number)
Older children or adults play these two parts:
ü If you have materials to do so, then put a blanket on the donkey’s back as he bends down.
ü You might have two boys be the donkey, one is the front end; the other, bent over, is the rear. Put a blanket over both. Practice walking this way.
ü Pin on a tail (old rags or straw).
ü Fasten to his head long ears made of cardboard or cloth.
ü Let the donkey bray, “hee-haw,” once in a while.
To practice, simply read through
the story and have the actors do what it says.
Do not tell the adults at first
what story you are dramatizing.
a donkey to illustrate how we help one another carry each other’s
burdens or troubles.
5. Let three children each recite one of these three verses from Psalm 41:1–3:
Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;
The Lord delivers him in times of trouble.
The Lord will protect him and preserve his life;
He will bless him in the land
The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed.
And restore him from his bed of illness.
6. Demonstrate letting our light shine, with a candle.
· Light a candle and place it on a table.
Put a large basket or box upside
down over it, to hide its light.
Read Matthew 5:14–16, then
uncover the candle.
7. Memorize Matthew 5:16:
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
8. Let an older child pray:
“Father, help us to see the needs of the people around us. Help us to be quick to help them, whether or not we know them. Help us to show love in useful ways to them. Help us to love those who are not friends or family, even enemies. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
A more detailed drama, showing how a good Samaritan showed practical love to his neighbor:
A despised Samaritan showed himself to be a good neighbour to an injured man.