What You'll Need: scriptures, GAB 36/GAK 217: Christ and the Samaritan Woman, a glass of water, GAB 64/GAK 240: Jesus the Christ, coloring page and coloring tools.Scripture: John 4:14 - But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Opening Song: I Lived in Heaven (PCS #4 - verse 3)
Note: You may also choose to singe verse 1 and then 3 to get a flow for the context of the words.
Where Jesus lived was a very dry place. Water was very important to the people there since, without water, nothing can live. Plants, animals and people will die in a very hot place without water. The people there had special pots that they used to get their water and to keep it safe in their houses. These pots were very important because it made it possible for them to get the water they needed to keep their bodies alive.
(display Christ and the Samaritan Woman)
One day Jesus was traveling through Samaria. Samaria was a place that others did not like. They thought people from Samaria (called Samaritans) were not as good as them. As Jesus was traveling he came to Jacob’s well. It was noon, it was probably very hot and he was tired. He rested by the well where people came to get water. When a Samaritan woman came to get some water, Jesus asked her to give Him a drink.
- Why did Jesus ask the woman for a drink?
- How would water help him?
- If you ever get thirsty what can you do to fix it?
(Hand each child a small glass of water. Have them drink it)
QUESTION: Now that you have had a drink you will never be thirsty ever again in your whole life, right? (No, because our bodies need water over and over again. Water moves through our body quickly and doesn't last forever.)
Since the people of Judah usually had nothing to do with the Samaritans, the woman was surprised that Jesus was talking to her. Jesus told her that He could give her water that would cause her to never thirst again. She did not understand.
Jesus did not mean actual water. Because Jesus died for our sins it makes it possible that we can be forgiven of our sins and live with Heavenly Father again forever and ever. Living forever is called "Eternal Life". Jesus told the woman at the well that He was the Messiah and that the water He offered her was the “living water” of eternal life.
Even though the woman was supposed to be getting water from the well, instead she ran to the city to tell others she had met the Christ, the Savior of the world. When she left went she left her water pot by the well, even though it was so important to her. The people in the city went to the well and spoke with Jesus themselves, and many of them believed His words.
(display Jesus the Christ)
Sometimes when we learn of Christ and his teachings we have to leave our worldly things behind us and choose to follow him because he can lead us to eternal life. When missionaries go on a mission they leave behind all of their things, stop going to college and work very hard for 18 months to three years. Even though they could be doing fun things or finishing their schooling to make more money in this life, they leave and go away to help others come to know Jesus Christ just like the woman at the well did.
When we choose to follow Jesus Christ and his teachings we have to sacrifice many things. Sometimes we sacrifice things we think are really important. But the most important thing we can get is Eternal Life with our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ has promised that if we follow him, even when it means giving up things we love, that we can have eternal life and true happiness.
Bear your testimony about times when sacrifice has led to great blessings in your life. You may share other things you would like to do on Monday nights like watching television or doing work, but you work hard and set aside that time to hold Family Home Evening because you know the teachings of Jesus can lead us to Eternal Life.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Activity: Choose from the following activities as they best suit your family.
1. Coloring Page
1. Woman at the Well Scripture Craft
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