Sunday School Fun Zone - Year 2 Toddler Lesson about the bible story of the Good Samaritan

Week 8 - The Kind Neighbor Who Cared!

Concepts Children Learn:

Good neighbors are kind. They stop to help.

Jesus wants us to be kind neighbors who care.

Prep: Mark you bible with the memory verse: Luke 6:36. Make up stand-up figures 1-3. When telling the story, make the characters "walk" in front of your story background page - Picture 1 -- then set to the side). Make stickers (using restickable glue or print on Inkjet sticker paper). See Craft Page for directions. Print the b&w or color story pages. When copying picture 1, enlarge to match the size of the stand-up characters and glue onto poster board. Cut out stickers from accessory page and apply restickable glue (glue sticks). 1bw, 2bw, 3bw, 4bw, 5bw. accessories bw, 6bw, 7bw, 8bw, 9bw., 9color.

The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You don't need to read the words on the actual story pages. They are for use as posters or coloring pages). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

Key Verse: Luke 6:36. Other Scriptures used as reference: Luke 10:25 - 37.
LESSON: The Kind Neighbor Who Cared!

One day when Jesus was teaching, someone asked Jesus, "You tell us to love our neighbor like we love ourselves. But, who is our neighbor? So Jesus told him a story. This was the story he told:

One day, a man was walking to Jericho. His footsteps sounded like this. (Pat your lap slowly). Would you like to join me and make the sound too? (Encourage the children to join you). (1) As he was walking along, some mean men came and beat him up. And, they took all of his money! Then they left him lying by the side of the road. He was hurt very badly. (2) Soon a man came along. He worked at the church. (Pat lap and encourage children to join you). He saw the man lying on the side of the road. But, he just looked the other way. He pretended he didn't see him. He went to the other side of the street because he didn't want to be bothered. He left the poor man laying in the street. Who would help the poor man who was hurt? (Point to man in street).

(3) A little while later, another man walked by. (Pat lap and encourage children to join you). He saw the man who was hurt lying in the street too. He didn't really care what happened to him. He was too busy to be bothered. He also went over to the other side of the street to get away from him. Who would help the poor man laying in the street? He is hurt really bad! Somebody please help him!

(4) Then another man came along. He was from Samaria. (Pat lap and encourage children to join you). When he saw the man laying in the street, he felt bad for him! He cared about what would happen to him. (5) He went over to see how he could help him. Oh no! It looked like he was hurt very badly. He put medicine on his cuts, and then put bandages on. (Place bandage stickers on cuts). There! Now he would start to feel better. Then he gently picked up the man and carried him. He put the man on his donkey and took him to an inn. An inn is place for people to stay for the night. He stayed with the man who was hurt all through the night to make sure he was o.k. The next day, he gave the man in charge of the inn some money. (Place coins on table). He said, "Please take care of the man who is hurt. If it costs more, I will give you more money."

Then Jesus asked a question about the story, "Which one of the three men was a good neighbor to the man who was hurt?" (Set three figures out in front). We can answer Jesus' question too. Who do you think was the one who was a good neighbor to the man who was hurt? (Let the children pick one). That's right! And, our Bible tells us that the man talking to Jesus answered the question too. He said, "The man who was kind was the good neighbor!" And, Jesus said, "You go and do the same." Wasn't that a wonderful story that Jesus told?

Let's have a snack, and then we will talk about the story.

CIRCLE TALK TIME / GROUP STICKER ACTIVITY: (What does this mean for me?)

In the story that Jesus told, the first two men didn't really care about the man who was hurt, did they? They just ignored him and kept walking. But, Jesus told us the story because he wants us to be like the good neighbor who cared. He wants us to help people who need our help.

(6) Lots of times we see people who need our help. The baby in this picture is crying for his toy (Point to baby), but he is too little to go get it himself. What could we do to help him? (Give the children a chance to answer). Yes! We could go get the toy for the baby and give it to him! (Let child put toy sticker by baby). Oh, that is very kind! Look how happy baby is now! (Put happy face sticker on baby). (7) This little boy can't walk. He is in a wheelchair. (Point to Grandma). He is hungry. What could we do to help? (Give children a chance to answer). We could bring him a snack to eat. Who wants to give this boy a snack? (Let child put snack sticker by boy). Oh...now he is smiling! (Put happy face sticker on boy). He really likes the snack! If you were playing on the playground, and you saw a little girl fall down and get hurt, should we just walk away and ignore her? (Give children a chance to answer). No! Jesus says a good neighbor helps. We could help in lots of ways! We could go over and see if she is o.k. We could go get our mom or dad. We could even help put band-aids on their cuts. (8) (Let child put Band-Aid sticker or real Band-Aid on girl). Oh, look! Now she is starting to feel better! (Put happy face sticker on child). (9) This is Blurpy the Bible Bee. He has a message for us. Jesus told us that story because he wants us to be kind neighbors who care. (Lift flap). He wants us to help each other. Lots of people think they are too busy to help others. They don't really care what happens to others. (Shake head no). But Jesus says good neighbors are kind. They stop to help. And Jesus wants us all to be kind neighbors who care about other people.

PRAYER: Allow children to pray after you or a helper prays.
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