Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
- Students will learn God expects us to help those we see who need help.
- Students will learn everyone is worthy of our help, whether we like them or not.
- Students will learn God expects us to have a generous and serving heart.
- Students will participate in an activity to help raise their awareness of the opportunities God gives them to serve others.
Guiding Question: How can we make sure we are helping those in need, like the Good Samaritan and not just passing by them without helping?
Materials: photos of people in various situations, paper, markers
Procedure: Tell students the story of the Good Samaritan. Ask them why they think the Good Samaritan stopped when the others didn’t. Have them share the excuses the others gave for not helping. Ask older students to list some of the excuses people give today for not helping others.
Explain to students that often we don’t stop and help people like the Good Samaritan, because we are so worried about what we are doing, we don’t even really notice the person who needs help.
Tell students you will show them several pictures. They are to find as many ways to help others as they can in the picture. Encourage older students to really get creative and find ways to help people that don’t necessarily look like the need help when you look at the picture.
Have students draw their own pictures of people and challenge their classmates to identify how to help the various people in their artwork.