The Good Samaritan

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The parable of the Good Samaritan challenges us to identify our neighbor more broadly than family, friends, and coworkers. Jesus identifies the Samaritan as the neighbor because he acted kindly toward the man who was hurt and robbed.

The Story

Read the story of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37.
Retelling of the story for younger children.

Key ideas for discussion:

  1. What happened to the man who was going to Jericho?
  2. What did the priest and the Levite do when they saw the hurt man?
  3. What did the Samaritan do? How can we be like the good Samaritan?
  4. What are some things you could do to practice being a good neighbor to the people around you?
  5. To be a good neighbor, we need to think about the needs of others and what truly helps them.
  6. What are some things you could do to practice being a good neighbor to the people around you?

Read more about the good Samaritan:

“The Good Samaritan” story retold by Kurt Ho. Asplundh, illustrated by Marguerite L. Acton (An illustrated retelling of the parable of the good Samaritan for young children.)
“Being a True Friend and Neighbor” worship talk by Peter M. Buss, Sr. (If we want to be good friends, we must listen and look for the times when our friends really need us.)

Projects and activities for various ages:

The Good Samaritan Song Video (Song teaches the story of the Good Samaritan.)
Golden Heart Project (When we are kind to others, it is like having a beautiful golden heart.)
The Good Samaritan Jacob’s Ladder Lesson (ages 7-10) (An illustrated lesson about the Good Samaritan with activities.)
The Samaritan Is Good Neighbor Coloring Page
The Good Samaritan Play (ages 7-14) (A script for dramatizing the parable.)
Picture the Samaritan Helping a Stranger Project (ages 4-10) (Suggestions for illustrating an aspect of this story.)