Last week, we learned the Greatest Commandment according to Jesus. This week, we will continue the story and learn the answer to the question “Who is my neighbor?” in the first of a two part devotion on the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Have fun feeding your family’s faith this week through Family God Time!
Supplies: God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible or a family Bible with this story, access to the internet, a copy of the activity sheet printed on cardstock for each person, popsicle sticks, glue, crayons or markers for coloring.
Gather: We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time. Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable. My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose! Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).
Story: Read “The Good Samaritan” in the First Hands On Bible, your Bible, or you can check out this version: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=ERV
Read the whole story this week. You can do the activities in My First Hands On Bible, if you wish.
Discuss: Review the Greatest Commandment from last week. You can refresh your memory down below in the song section.
Ask your kids to tell you the story that you just read again. Who was a helper? Why? Who was not a helper? Why not?
Song: The Greatest Commandment with Actions
My kids liked doing this so well that they rejected the song that I had picked out in favor of doing last week’s memorization again. Here are the words with actions:
What is the greatest commandment? (shrug with palms up)
Love (arms crossed over your heart)
the Lord your God (point to heaven)
with all your heart (point to heart)
and all your mind (point to head)
and all your soul (sign language for Holy Spirit in front of your heart, left hand palm up,
right hand rising in tornado fashion from left hand)
and all your strength (muscleman arms)
and your neighbor as yourself (shake hands with someone nearby).
Repeat this until you have it down. I promise that it will stick with you!
Activity: Print out the activity sheets on heavy paper, one copy per person.
You can find them here: Good Samaritan Puppet Show
Let everyone color them as they wish, cut them out, and attach them to popsicle sticks. Here is a pic of this project in process (it was too nice outside to color inside!):
Because there are so many characters, it took much longer for them to be colored than I anticipated. That’s why this week’s devotion is part one of two! Let them take their time with decorating them, and then put them in a safe place. We will continue the fun next week!
Prayer: (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, we thank you for those who are willing to help people in need. Help us also to become like them, and like you. In your name we pray, Amen.