A Cup of Cool Water: Mark 9:38-41

My youngest daughters are just starting to learn how to drink out of a cup on their own, so this text seemed especially timely for our family. It came up church this fall, and seemed like a fun way to reinforce what we had done. Enjoy feeding your family’s faith this week!

Cup of Water

Supplies: God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), a family Bible with this story, access to the internet, cups for everyone and two buckets, masking tape (optional).

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 Mark 9:38-41 in your Bible, or you can check out this version: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+9%3A38-41&version=ERV

Discuss: What did the disciples tell Jesus that they were doing? Did Jesus like what they had done? Why or why not? What does he tell them about others? What does he tell them about helping others? How can you help others in a simple way this week?

Song: Water to Drink
I came up with a song to go with Jesus’ words in this passage. You can find it here:


Activity: Water Relay (Prepare to get wet 🙂 )
Let’s try to get some water to those who need it! All you need is enough cups for each person in the relay and two buckets, one filled with water and one that is empty. Give each person an empty cup and have them form a line. Put the filled bucket at the head of the line, and the empty bucket at the tail. Have the first person dip their cup in the bucket until it is full. Then, they pass the water by pouring it into the next person’s cup, and so on, until the water makes it into the second bucket. Keep doing this until you run out of water or your kids run out of interest.
If your kids are the analytical type, you could put a piece of masking tape at the top of the water line of the first bucket. When the race is over, put another piece of tape at the top of the water in the second bucket. How did the level of water in the first bucket compare to the second? If they are similar, great job! If not, try to decide together how you could make sure that more water makes it into the second bucket. Repeat the activity.

Prayer: (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, we thank you for the gift of water, especially when we are thirsty. Help us to help all those who need help, just as you would. In your name we pray, Amen.


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