"Jesus' interactions with people rarely left them unchanged. He stirred things up and shook people's wrong ideas of God. He made heroes out of the most unlikely people and challenged thinking and lifestyles." - Nancy Ortberg, Looking for God
The past couple of weeks, a couple different classes of mine have been looking at parables. My K1 class has looked at the Good Samaritan. My CE3 class has looked at the Prodigal Son. Jesus told parables to teach people about God, but there's a lot we can learn about how we're supposed to act while reading them too.
Along with looking at Who Will Help? my K1 students have been acting out the story of the Good Samaritan in a very simple way. And they love it! Four students come up to the front, and today, I barely had to prompt them on what to say. The student sitting on the stool is the "man" who was robbed and is hurt. That student starts the little skit...
S1: (walking up to the student on the stool, crosses their arms and says) Not me! (and goes and sits down)
M: Oh no! Who will help?
S2: (walking up to the student on the stool, crosses their arms and says) Not me! (and goes and sits down)M: Oh no! Who will help?
S3: (walking up to the student on the stool, points at themselves and says) I will! (and takes their hand and both students walk back to their seats)
K1 students are still pretty young, so we keep it simple. God helps us, so we should help others.
Meanwhile, the CE3 students have been looking at the parable of the Good Samaritan. After reading the story last week, each of the students was handed a piece of paper with part of the story on it, which they then had to illustrate. Tomorrow, the students will read the story with their illustrations as review of last week's class. Here was some of my favorite artwork:
We all make mistakes. But, if we go to God and are truly sorry and want to change, God always welcomes us into His family. He loves us all and wants us to be with Him.