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Ask children to say the word on the screen. Then ask them to repeat it back several times and ask them what they think it means:
• A group of people living in the same place
• Or having something in common
Can they think of any examples of communities?
Explain that we each belong to lots of different communities, but we all belong to God’s community, because we are all his children!
Explain that the Trinity is like a community. The three persons of God (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) love each other, work together and belong to their own community.
We are made in the image of God, so we are built to follow the same pattern! So we should love each other, work together and belong to communities.
Ask the children to close their eyes and imagine someone they love. Then take answers.
• If a child says “Mum” … say “Good answer, we should love our Mums – God wants us to love our Mums.”
• If a child says “friends” … say “Good answer, we should love our friends – God wants us to love our friends.”
Say: “These are all good answers, but today we are going to learn that God wants us to love everyone in our lives. Even people that we normally wouldn’t like!”
In this story there are several characters who behave in different ways. Ask children to listen carefully to see which person really showed love.
Click to play.
Ask the children:
• How many people passed the injured man and didn’t help?
• Which person really showed love and what did they do?
• Extension. Why was it so surprising that the Samaritan helped the man who had been beaten and left on the road?
• Who does Jesus say your neighbour is? (anyone that needs our help)
Explain that ‘neighbour’ doesn’t just mean the people that live in the houses next door to you! It means everyone – Jesus wants us to love and help everyone we come across and include them in our community.
Lead the following activity with the whole class or in small groups as you prefer:
• Distribute the prepared cards from Appendix 1: Neighbours. Each one shows a letter from the word ‘neighbour’ with pictures of people from all over the world on the reverse.
• Mix up the letters on the floor, children must arrange them into the word ‘Neighbour’ without turning them over. (Hint: the word is in the title on the screen.)
• Ask the children who their neighbours are. (Everyone)
• Then have children turn the letters over to reveal the pictures.
• Click to reveal and discuss with the children:
o Where might these neighbours live?
o What needs might they have?
o How we can show love to these people? (e.g. donating to a local food bank, giving to charity, offering friendship, praying for them etc)
Extension. As a class, write a commitment to practical ways in which your class will help your school community. (e.g. litter pick, ‘Neighbour monitors’ at playtime to make sure no one is lonely etc.)