Scripture: John 4:1-30
Introductory Activity – Things I Love Lists
- On large pieces of paper, write these titles (one per paper): Foods I Love; Stuff I Love; People I Love; Pets I Love; Toys I Love; Friends I Love; Places I Love.
- Lay the papers on the floor around the room; place 3-4 markers on each piece of paper.
Guide children to move around the room and write at least one thing they love under each category. Talk about the things they choose. Say: “We use the word love in many different ways. But showing love to others and treating them right is something that the Bible teaches us to do.” Tell the children that today’s Bible story is about someone who chose to love and care for someone.
Live It Out – Stationery
- Gather stamp pads, stamps of various designs, paper, and envelopes.
Talk about the Life Point. Guide kids to talk about ways they can show love and care to people around them. Tell kids they can use the materials to make stationery. Stationery can be as elaborate or simple as the child chooses. Ask the boys and girls to think of a parent, a teacher, a friend, or even someone that is not a friend or family member. Ask what kind of messages they could write to the selected person. They could include encouraging words, words of thanks and appreciation for what the person does, notes about ways the writer could show love to the person, Bible verses about love and encouragement.
If time allows, children could begin writing their notes on the homemade stationery. If not, encourage them to write at least one note this week and send or give it to the person. Words of encouragement and appreciation are ways to show love and care. Suggest the kids choose other ways to show love and care to people around them during the week.
Introductory Activity – Carrying Water Relay
- Gather bowls and spoons. You will need one spoon for each child.
- Set up a start line and end line. Place a bowl with water on a table or chair at the start line. Place an empty bowl on a table or chair at the end line. (If you want to play with teams, you will need a bowl with water and an empty bowl for each team.)
Give each child a spoon. They should line up at the start line. At your signal, the first child scoops water into his spoon, carries the spoon to the end line, pours the water into the bowl, and runs back to the start line. When he crosses the start line, the next child in line takes a turn. (For extra challenge, kids can carry the spoons in their mouths while transporting the water. They should remove the spoons before running back to the start line.) Challenge the kids to transport as much water as they can before you call stop. After a few minutes, call “stop.”
Tell the kids that the Bible story today is about someone that came to transport water.
Live It Out – Contact Plastic Mural
- Gather contact plastic and a variety of magazines and catalogs.
- Cut a long length of contact plastic. Remove the backing and tape the contact plastic, sticky side out, to a wall. Lay magazines and catalogs nearby.
Recall the Bible story. Talk about ways to show love and care to people around them. Challenge kids to look through the magazines and catalogs to find objects that illustrate ways to show love and care to people. They can tear out the pictures; they should use their fingers to tear as close to the object as possible. As a child sticks the picture to the mural, he should explain how that item could be used to show love to someone. Tell kids to try to fill up the paper so that no sticky part of the contact plastic is exposed.