285 - The woman who came for water


15 minute Story planner

John 4
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 325

1. Setting the scene - 2 mins 
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The life of Jesus FlashCards' cards one to five

Ask the children what they think Jesus meant when he said, ‘if you drink the water I give, you will never be thirsty again.’ Jesus was talking about God’s love and forgiveness. He wanted the woman to know that when a person says ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness the Holy Spirit begins to work powerfully in their lives, changing them from the inside-out. The Holy Spirit helps and guides Christians. Jesus wanted the woman to understand that what she really needed, more than a drink of water, was God’s love and forgiveness and the Holy Spirit to work in her life.

2. Starter question - 1 min  
Have you ever been so thirsty that your mouth has felt dry and uncomfortable? Have you longed for a drink of fresh, ice-cold water? Imagine if the only water for miles around was in a deep, deep well. Who would collect the water for you? Who would lower a bucket into the dark hole to reach the cold water at the bottom? Imagine if instead of water you longed for something else… imagine wanting God’s love and power to be at work in your life more than anything else.

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • A jug or large pot

  • Images from the internet of a well similar to those in use at the time of Jesus (beware of copyright guidelines)

  • ‘I would give you living water’ speech bubble (see Printables)

  • ‘… you will never be thirsty again’ speech bubble (see Printables)

  • ‘Come and see the most wonderful person’ speech bubble (see Printables)

Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web

4. Story activity - 6 mins

Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - A watery challenge
You will need: a glass, a bowl, a paper napkin, a rubber band or tape, a penny and pens or pencils. ‘How to set up the challenge’ sheet (see Printables)

Before the session fill a glass with water and place it in a bowl.

Place the bowl on a low table and lay a section of the paper napkin over the glass. Secure the napkin to the glass using an elastic band as shown in the picture (see Printables) and place a penny on top of the napkin. Encourage the children to take turns poking holes in the napkin using a pen or pencil. The children should keep poking holes until the penny drops into the water. The person who pokes the hole that causes the penny to fall is the loser.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins

Father God we think about the woman at the well and imagine her surprise when Jesus asked her for a drink.

Father, thank you that what you offer us is more important to us than water. Thank you that water quenches our thirst but your love and forgiveness works in wonderful and powerful way in our lives.

Father, just as Jesus knew everything about the woman in Samaria you know everything about us. Thank you that although you long for us to learn and grow to live your way you love us even when we get things wrong. Thank you that there is nothing we can do that will make you love us less and there is nothing we can to do to make you love us more. Amen.

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