Sunday School at Home for July 10

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Theme: Love your neighbor.
Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
Complete Supply List
● A picture of "Mr. Rogers"
● Two rolls of toilet paper
● Bibles
● Chairs - 1 per child
● “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Graham crackers
● Icing
● Plastic knives - 1 per child
● Butcher paper
● Paper
● Crayons or markers
● Other craft supplies

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● A picture of "Mr. Rogers"
● Two rolls of toilet paper

Do This:
SAY: Today our lesson is called, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” But before we get
started, let’s play a quick game. (Have kids form two circles, and identify them as the
“blue group” and the “red group.” Have groups choose one child from their group to be
the “wounded” and have that child stand in the center of their circles. Give each group
a roll of toilet paper.)
(Say these next words exactly.) On go, you’ll care for the wounded. To do this, the
wounded player will be wrapped with an entire roll of toilet paper. Let’s see which
group can do it the fastest. Go! (Allow time, and then point out who was wrapped
first, without directly congratulating a team. Have everyone sit in their circles.)
I wonder if you’ve heard of Mr. Rogers? (Show the picture of Mr. Rogers.) You
might’ve seen him on TV in his show, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood." He always
started the TV show singing this song:
It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood
A beautiful day for a neighbor…
Maybe you’ve heard it. Who are some of your neighbors? (Pause for kids to
respond.) Mr. Rogers called all the children and adults who watched him his
neighbors. Really, Mr. Rogers saw all people as his neighbors.
So, the kids sitting next to you would be your neighbors. (Have kids give high-fives
to the kids next to them.) And the kids sitting across the circle are your neighbors.
(Have kids give high-fives to kids sitting across from them.) For the blue group, even
the kids in the red group are your neighbors, and vice versa. (Have kids high-five
with kids on opposing teams.)
The Bible tells us that one time a lawyer came to Jesus and asked how he could
have eternal life. Jesus answered him with a question: “What does the Bible say?”
Jesus asked.
The man answered, repeating exactly what the Bible says: "Love the Lord your God
with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself." (Have children repeat the
verse after you.)
Jesus told the man, "You’re right. Do this and you’ll live." But then the man asked,
"Who is my neighbor?"
Jesus answered the man by telling a story about a Jewish man who was traveling
from Jerusalem and was attacked by robbers and left to die. A Jewish leader saw
him, but walked right on by. Another Jewish man walked right on by, too. But a
Samaritan man—someone who might’ve seemed like an enemy—had compassion
when he saw the hurt man. He stopped, helped take care of the man’s wounds, and
took him to a hotel. He even paid those who helped the man get better.
After the story, Jesus asked, "Which of these three men was a neighbor to the
man who was attacked by the robbers?"
ASK:
● What do you think?
The lawyer knew the neighbor was the Samaritan, even though Jewish people and
Samaritans were kind of enemies. Jesus told the lawyer, “Now go and love your
neighbor.”
ASK:
● Knowing what you know now, would you have played our game any
differently? Explain.
Jesus wants us to know that all people in this world, kids and people we’ve never
met, and ones we do know, are all our neighbors who we’re called to love.
PRAY: God, Jesus taught us to love our neighbor. Help us to be a good neighbor to
everyone we meet. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” video lesson
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● Explain whether you think the general’s neighbor was on the right track.
● What’s one way you can love a neighbor in your neighborhood this week?

Family-Style Snack
You’ll Need:
● Graham crackers
● Icing
● Plastic knives - 1 per child
● Butcher paper
Do This:
Follow these steps for the snack:
● Have kids clean their hands.
● Place clean butcher paper on the table.
● Set out graham crackers, icing, and plastic knives. Give each child a plate.
● Invite kids to make a “neighborhood of love” built with the snack supplies.

Challenge kids to represent, in some way, what they learned today.
● As they work, invite them to share what they’re doing.
● Enjoy!
SAY: The good Samaritan shows us how to love everyone we meet, and that’s what
Jesus calls us to do. Let’s practice loving our neighbors this week.

Love Your Neighbor Maps
You’ll Need:
● Paper
● Crayons or markers
● Other craft supplies
Do This:
To make the craft, have kids follow these steps:
● Remind kids that Jesus said to love our neighbors.
● Set out the paper and craft supplies.
● Invite kids to create a “love plan” by making a map of their neighborhood and
writing how they can love each neighbor inside the drawing of that neighbor’s
home.
SAY: Jesus says to love our neighbors as ourselves. Take home your craft as a
reminder to practice that this week.

Love My Neighbors Prayers
You’ll Need:
● Love Maps from the craft
Do This:
Lead kids to pray in this way:
● Have each child hold his or her own craft.
● Have them identify a “neighbor” they could love.
● Allow time for them to pray for that person.
● Close in prayer.
PRAY: Dear God, we want to love others as Jesus tells us to. Help us to do that. In
Jesus’ name, amen.
 

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