The Good Samaritan / Helping Others
This is a simple response story that can be ‘acted out’ by the whole school simultaneously
You’ll need a big roll of paper, like wallpaper lining paper, a marker pen
Say that you want to write down what today’s assembly is all about. Try to spread out the roll of paper so that you can write on it. Indulge in a little slapstick as the paper pings back into a roll and you get more and more annoyed, trying to spread it out and keep it in place.
In the end, realise the solution: ‘Aha! I need someone to HELP me.’ Ask two of the children to come and hold the paper in place while you write on it: ‘We help others’. Ask them to hold it up and ask the school what it says. Say it out loud together, as you point at the words on by one.
Say that Jesus told a story about helping each other.
Here is a very simple telling of the story with actions or sounds that the children can join in with as you tell the story. They can stay sitting down to reduce the risk of creating anarchy.
Once upon a time there was a man who was walking along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho.
Walking action with arms
Suddenly he was attacked by a band of robbers.
Who beat him up, stripped him of his clothes, stole all his money, and left him half dead by the side of the road.
In a weak voice, call ‘Help! Help!’
A priest from the Temple in Jerusalem happened to be walking along the same road.
Same walking action with arms as before, but make the priest seem fatter with a bigger, fatter action
He saw the man
And what did he do? He walked by on the other side of the road
Fatter walking action again
Then along came a man who helped in the Temple in Jerusalem.
Same walking action but thinner
He saw the man too
And what did he do? He too walked by on the other side of the road.
Thinner walking action again
Then along came a Samaritan:
Hold nose in disgust as if the Samaritan is a disgusting person to be near
The people Jesus was telling this story to didn’t like Samaritans…
He came along on his donkey
Make donkey ears and say hee-haw
He saw the man
And what the Samaritan do?
Hold nose in disgust
He had pity on him, went over to the man, poured soothing oil and wine on his wounds
Pouring on arm and smoothing with hand
and bandaged them up.
Then he lifted him onto his donkey
Lift – it’s a real effort so say ‘urrgg’ – then ‘heehaw’ as the donkey takes the weight
And took him to a hotel and took care of him.
The next day he took out some money
Hold out hand
and gave it to the hotel manager, saying, look after this man, and next time I come I’ll pay you for any extra costs.
Which of the three men was the best at helping others.
Was it the priest?
Was it the helper in the temple?
Or was it the Samaritan that people didn’t like?
Yes It was the Samaritan…
the one that people didn’t like…who helped the man.
To say truthfully ‘We help each other’ we need to be like the Samaritan ready to help anyone in need, not just the people we like, the people like us, but anyone who needs help.
Jesus ended the story by saying – ‘Now you go and do the same!’ Let’s say that together: ‘Now you go and do the same!’
Give yourselves a clap!
Now think about this question for a moment in silence: Who could you help today? Is there someone in your class or in the playground who might really need some kind help? Try to keep your eyes open for a chance to help that person today.
Dear God, there are times when we need help from others, and times when others need help from us. Help us always to be ready to help each other, even people we don’t like, as Jesus taught us. Amen.