BIG IDEA: GOD CARES FOR ME
AIM: The aim of the ‘I Care Because God Cares’ Childrens Lesson on Good Samaritan is to help children understand that God first cared for them. Therefore we care out of a response to God caring for us and creating us to be caring people.
- Doctor Relay. You will need a toy doctors kit for each team. Place the different objects from each doctors kit along the ‘path’ in front of each team. Children must then run and collect one item before coming back to put the item in the doctors kit and tagging the next player in their team. The first team to collect all the doctors items is the winning team.
- Bandage Me! Each team is given a toilet roll and must choose one person to wrap up until the toilet roll completely covers them. The winning team is the team that has its member completely covered in toilet roll!
BIG VERSE: Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7.
SET the Scene:
Read Luke 10:25-37. Explain to the children that the Samaritan man had to decide if he was willing to cross to the other side of the road. He had to decide if he would walk on by, or if he would help. When we care for someone we have to decide to try and understand them and their ways of doing things. We have to love them for who they are, not for who we want them to be.
- ‘Good Samaritan’ by Saddleback Kids
- ‘Good Samaritan’ by Beginners Bible
- ‘The Parable of the Good Samaritan’ by McGee and Me
- ‘The Good Samaritan’ – a lego version
- ‘The Good Samaritan’ – another lego version
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1. GOD CARES FOR ME
You will need a photo or picture of your pet (or if you are daring, you could bring your pet to show and tell), or one of the leaders pets and some of the things that help you to take care of your pet: food, blanket, bed, toys etc.
Say: This is my pet. [Introduce, share their name and any fun stories about them.] One of the things you should know about my pet is that I have to look after it. I can’t just leave it to look after itself. I care for my pet. I care about how it feels and what it wants. That’s why I make sure that I feed it and I have given it enough water. [Go into more detail about how you care for your pet].
You know, we care for our pets, but there is someone that cares for us too. In fact, He cares much much more for us than we could ever care about our pets – or even another person! Who cares for us? [Get feedback] There is someone that cares for us even more than our carers, parents, grandparents or teachers care for us. That’s right! It’s God! The God of the Universe, the Creator of the entire World cares about us. But He doesn’t just care about us all as people, He cares about each one of us individually.
Matthew 6:29-31 says:
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
God cares about you! He cares so much about you that He knows how many hairs are on your head! That’s why Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan. He cares about people and that they are looked after. He cares about and for you. So know that you can tell Him anything and He is listening out for you. He is watching out for you and is there to help if you want Him in your life.
2. I CARE FOR OTHERS
Bandage game. Choose some bandages and 2-4 players. Then encourage the players to pick a friend they can bandage up. Choose what the players must bandage – an arm, hand or eye works best. Have some fun with it! See who can bandage up their partner the best.
Say: In our Good Samaritan story everybody thought that the Samaritan was not able to care for someone. Why? Because they didn’t like Samaritans and didn’t think they were able or capable to be kind or caring. They didn’t think Samaritans would make very good friends.
Just as we have bandaged and taken care of our partner in this game the Good Samaritan took care of the man in our story. He didn’t ignore the man and walk away like the others who did not care. The Samaritan showed that he cared about the man by stooping down and helping him. He might have got dirty, and perhaps it wasn’t nice to touch his injured body, yet he cared for the man and made sure he would be well looked after. He paid for the man to get better by taking him to an inn.
God cares for us and about us and He wants us to care about and for others too. That means doing things for other people and thinking about others, not just about ourselves. And when we don’t care? We can remember that God cares for us and ask Him to help us care.
- What happened to the man as he walked down the road?
- Who walked past the injured man first?
- Who walked past the injured man second?
- Who walked past the injured man last?
- Which person helped the man?
- Why would the Jews listening to this story have been shocked?
SEARCH the Scriptures:
- Write the different verses below with Sharpies onto spare bandages and hide them around the room. Encourage children to run around and find them and read them.
- Alternatively write the bible references on bandaids (plasters) and stick them around the room. Encourage children to find them in teams in their bibles. The first team to find all the bible verses is the winning team. You could also simply hand the bandaids out if you are in a small group and encourage the children to search in their bibles for the one verse they have been given.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4.
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalm 123:3.
What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Psalm 8:4.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. Psalm 23: 1.
SENSE How You Feel:
How does God care for you?
Who do you care about?
Encourage each child to think about how God cares for them and who He wants you to care about as you proceed to do one or more of the following activities:
- Put bandaids on paper and draw mouths, arms and legs on them to create bandaid picture people.
- Make the Good Samaritan first aid kit
- Create your own first aid kit in a cup. Simply put a bandaid, tissues, candy and any other items into a cup and decorate with a red cross.
- Have loose bandaids and bandages for children to touch and feel as they think.
- Cut out and leave a number of pictures of people from different ethnic groups, classes, gender, age etc.
Using the emoji love heart smiley printables (color) (b&w), write or draw someone you already care about and ask God to help you care for them better, or do the same for a new person/group that God has asked you to care about.