Good Samaritan


Apostles’ Playhouse


Scripture:  Luke 10:25-37


Memory Verse:  "Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you."

Luke 6:27-28 (CEV)



·        We are good neighbors when we show kindness and mercy toward others no matter who they are.

·        Disciples of Jesus Christ must listen to his teachings and then go out and live them.

·        God’s disciples help others in need without expecting a reward.



The children will create and watch their own “music video” by acting out and recording the Parable of the Good Samaritan to music.



Welcome and Introductions:

1.     Greet the children and introduce yourself.  Wear your nametag.

2.     Ask the children who their neighbors are, accept all answers. Tell them that Jesus told a story that teaches us that strangers can be neighbors and we can be kind to people who are much different than we are. The Samaritan was not in a group that most people liked, but he was the hero of the story!


3.     Tell the children that they will make a “music video” about the Good Samaritan story. Explain that the story is told in music which they will act, dance, or sing while being recorded on camera. They will then get to watch their very own video.


Scripture/Bible Story:

Review the Bible story. Encourage the children to use their bibles in looking up verses and assist those needing help. Read the story out loud while they follow along. The older children may want to take turns reading. For weeks later in the rotation you may ask the class to retell the story instead of reading it.

            An overview that will give adults insight on the story is commentary found in the Kerygma program book "Parables Stories for Life in God’s World" by Richard J. Henderson. In this overview it is pointed out that when the lawyer asks, “Who is my neighbor?” he is really asking who he can exclude. Everyone would assume fellow citizens would be neighbors but Samaritans were considered to be impure, however it is the Samaritan and not the priest who is the hero in this story.



1.     Play the song “Good Samaritan” from I’m a Helper CD allowing children to listen to the words and tune. (Words follow lesson directions). You may also want to put words on a poster board for easy viewing.

2.     Plan actions for each verse. One option would be a few children acting out scenes with Good Samaritan, robbers, lawyer etc. while the other children dance, clap, or sing in the background. OR All children could act out motions together. Have a few ideas prepared but encourage the children’s input too.

3.     One part that is easy to learn and everyone can sing is indicated in bold.

4.     Add simple props such as a bible, “bloody” cloth, money bag, tee shirt with GOOD SAM on it for the good Samaritan to wear, etc.

5.     Practice motions for each verse a few times, then put it together and practice the whole thing.

6.     Finally record the results. Camera person will have the video taping equipment ready. Directions for videotaping follow lesson.

7.     Gather around and watch the video. Praise the children for the efforts!



Reflection Time:

Ask the shepherds to pass out the journals and pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a sticker or some memento to paste in their journal as a reminder of the story or activity.


Prompts for journal writing: Draw or write how you can be a good neighbor to someone who lives on your street. How can you be a good neighbor to someone who lives in another country?


Ask the students to close their journals and sit quietly for prayer.




Prayer: circle prayer, start prayer, thanking God for Jesus who taught us to be good neighbors etc. End prayer with “thank you God for neighbor _____(you say name of a person), then each person says a “neighbor’s” name until the prayer goes around the circle back to you. Amen 


Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Costumes go back in the box on stage. Video taping equipment back on cart into library.



Teacher preparation in advance:

1.     Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.

2.     Prepare a closing prayer.

3.     Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located. The bin with supplies is located on stage.



Supply List

·        CD player

·        CD I’m a Helper

·        Props: Bible, costumes, bloody cloth, money bag etc

·        camera, extension cord, tripod, blank VHS tape, TV/VCR



·        Richard J. Henderson, "Parables Stories for Life in God’s World". The Kerygma Program, Suite 205, 300 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15234, phone         1-800-537-9462.

·        Notes provided by Lori Houck October 6, 2002 curriculum writer’s Bible study

·        "I’m a Helper" by Rob Evans. Integrity Media. 1995.



Good Samaritan

by Rob Evans


I was beat up and

Left for dead

Blood running down

My head                                             

It was such a terrible scene

Those big, bad robbers

Treated me mean


The lawyer just

Walked on by

Didn’t even blink his eye

The priest walked by

So grand

He even had a Bible

In his hand



The Good Samaritan

Brought his help

My way, my way

The Good Samaritan

Brought his help my way

Brought it my way


He wiped the blood from

My face and my chin

 Took me to the nearest inn

Good, Good Samaritan

Brought his help my way

He gave me clothes

Right off his back

And paid my bill from his

Own money sack

Good, Good Samaritan

Brought his help my way

Brought it my way


So tell me now

Which man was the better

Neighbor to me

Samaritan, lawyer,

Or the priest

Now if you have a chance to help someone today

Just stop, remember the way

(repeat chorus)


The Good Samaritan

(repeat 5 times)



1985 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music/ASCAP