Posted by Peter Cranch

This month our Messy Church was on the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). It’s a very famous story which Jesus tells in answer to the question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25) None of us make the grade (Luke 10:27). We need Jesus, the true Good Samaritan, to come and rescue us!

Activities

Money Bags

The Samaritan paid for the man’s care (Luke 10:35).

We bought the bags from ebay and the children sewed, stuck and drew decorations on them.

Donkey Masks

The base for these is a single sheet of A3 paper folded in half. See the photo below for a template.

Catapults

The man was attacked on the road. Probably not with catapults…! Made from lolly sticks, rubber bands and a milk bottle top these were very popular! We set up a shooting gallery of polystyrene cups and the children enjoyed firing table tennis balls at them.

 

Happy/Injured Man

We decorated card figures – happy and healthy on one side, injured on the other.

Helping hands and hearts.

The children drew round their hands and marbled them using marbling inks. Plastic take-away trays are just the right size for the water and inks.

Cooking – Bandage Pastries

We bought some pre-made puff pastry (e.g. Jus-Rol) The children rolled a small piece of pastry into a square and cut the left and right edge into strips. They placed a choice of chocolate or jam in the middle and then ‘bandaged’ it up by folding the strips over. They tasted great when cooked!