Bible Texts:

Luke 10:30-37


Children's Bible Story sources:

"The Good Samaritan," DK Children's Illustrated Bible, p.232

"The Good Samaritan," Spark Story Bible, p.300

"The Good Samaritan,"" DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.268


Children's Story Resource

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

One day a boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard. Up, up, up and away he flies, high into the sky. Whizzing past clouds, stars and planets until suddenly, he runs out of petrol! Miles from earth, the boy crashes into the moon and waits. Just as he is beginning to get cold and lonely, a friendly martian appears from the darkness, also with a broken aircraft. Together they come up with a super plan to float the boy back down to earth to collect his toolbox. Can the boy find his way back home safely and will he ever make it back up to the moon to rescue his friend?

How these stories are connected: The Samaritan and the boy both use their resources to help someone else. These stories help us consider why we do the things we do and how we can go out of our way to make a difference for someone else. Sometimes actions that seem very small to us can make a big difference to someone else.


Questions about The Way Back Home:

     Did the boy and the Martian know each other?
     Why were they afraid at first?
     What did they do for each other?
     Why did they do that?
     Did they know each other at the end of the story?


Questions about the Bible story:

     Did the Samaritan know the man he helped?
     Do you think he was afraid to help him?
     What did he do?
     Why did he do that?
     What does Jesus tell the lawyer to do?


Questions about our lives: 

     How do you and your friends help each other?
     Are you afraid to help your friends? Why or why not?
     Are you afraid to help people you don't know? Why or why not?



Dear Jesus, teach us to love and care for people. Help us to be good neighbors and friends to the people around us. Teach us what is good and right. Amen.