BIBLE STORY: Jesus and a Samaritan Woman (John 4:1-42)
ACTIVITY: Water Pass
Give every person a cup and fill one of those cups with water. Everyone stands in a line, and the person who has water in their cup stands in front. To pass the water, hold the cup over your head and pour the water behind you. The next person in line must try to catch the water. Once you pour water out of your cup, run to the back of the line to keep the game going. Play until the water runs out.
*What’s different about the water we poured from our cups and the Living Water Jesus talked about in our story?
* What do you think Jesus means by “Living Water?”
*How does Jesus fill us with Living Water?
* How can we pass Living Water, or share the Holy Spirit, with others?
CRAFT: Soil Painting
Collect some different colored soils and let them dry overnight. Then crush up the dry soil so there’s no clumps. Add Elmer’s glue to the soil and mix it together. Then paint!
Talk About It: What is beautiful about God’s creation of soil?
The painting below- Three sisters in soil–won a global soil painting competition!
*For Older Kids (and adults!)- Watch an awesome video about soil painting, soil conservation, and the “Three Sisters in the Soil” painting HERE.
SONG: As the Deer
FAMILY MISSION: Chalk Drawings in a Neighbor’s Driveway
Choose someone (“Neighbor” isn’t ONLY the people you live next to!)- you can look in the church directory, look around your neighborhood, or your family, but challenge yourself to go to someone you might not normally encourage in this way. Plan ahead or do a “front yard pop-in” and encourage someone with a drawing! (safely distanced, of course!)
Suggestions: Write a verse from our story this week or draw something that God cares for (like you, or your favorite animal)!
“Almighty God, we thank you for making the earth fruitful, so that it might produce what is needed for life: Bless those who work in the fields, give us seasonable weather, and grant that we may all share the fruits of the earth, rejoicing in your goodness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”