Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Retelling the Good Samaritan with felt shapes

As last week's story with felt shapes went down so well at our lunchtime club, we thought we'd try again with a different story.  Because the children are not used to Bible language, we are trying to get the concepts across in a simple, but perhaps slightly unconventional way!

Here is the story of the Good Samaritan told in terms of squares and triangles!

You will need: A large square (colour 1), a large heart, 3 small squares (colour 2), 1 small square (colour 3), a triangle (colour 4) and a double sided square (I've used red one side, green the other).  You will also need 4 small hearts (3 of them stuck onto rectangles so they can be reversed and the hearts hidden.  You will also need a felt background!  The picture below shows what I mean...

 Introduce the heart because this is a story about love.  Then bring in your double sided square.  One day a green square walks into town to do some shopping.
 Out of nowhere he is attacked by robbers who take all his money, beat him up and leave him bleeding on the floor (turn over onto red side).
 Another square comes along.  He's a very important square, because all purple squares are important!  This man has love inside him for his friends and family, but he's in a rush and is worried he's going to be late.  He doesn't know the bleeding square and can't wait around to help him.  
 He doesn't stop to show love to someone he doesn't know (turn heart so rectangle is showing) and he just walks on by to get to his appointment.  Someone else is bound to help.  Repeat this with the other purple squares.
 Eventually a blue triangle comes along.  Now squares hate triangles because they're different.  What would you expect the triangle to do for someone who probably hated him?
 The triangle saw the bleeding square and knew that he couldn't just walk by and ignore him (move small heart from big heart onto the triangle) so he showed how big his love was, even for people who were different to him.
The triangle took the bleeding square to a safe place and made sure that he would be looked after until he was better (reverse the red square so that the green square shows again).

I wonder why the triangle helped?
I wonder how the bleeding square felt?
Which of the shapes would you have been in the story?
What would you say to the bleeding square?

We'll see how it goes tomorrow!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful way to tell this story! I've just recently found this site, but it has become my favorite place to find ideas for children, youth and even adults in worship. Thank you for your incredible ministry!