Jesus Christ taught us
how to serve others
CSMP-booklet 2010 pg. 22
Tell the children that one
day a man asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”
Jesus answered him by telling a story that
teaches us how to serve others.
Invite a few children to dress up in simple costumes to portray characters from the parable of the good Samaritan:
Tell the story in your own words (see Luke 10:30–37) and then help the children act it out. Ask the children:
Point out that our neighbors can be anyone in need. Explain to the children that they can serve their friends and family members all the time, but they should serve people they do not know only if they are with a parent or another trusted adult.
Testify that Jesus Christ loves everyone and wants us to serve everyone.
Tell the children that Jesus wants us to serve others, including members of our families. Cut out small paper circles and give a few to each child. Have them draw a smiling face on each one to make “Service Smiles.” Encourage the children to perform small acts of service for members of their family during the next week. Brainstorm together tasks they could do (such as leave a kind note, pick up toys, or make a bed). Have the children leave a “Service Smile” where the act of service was performed. Invite them to ask their families to participate in this activity with them. Encourage the children to be ready to share with the Primary next week how their service helped bring smiles to their families.
Invite the children to retell the story of the good Samaritan in their own words. Use the same costumes you used the previous week to help them remember. Then give the children an opportunity to report on their “Service Smiles” from last week. One way to do this is to create a wheel like the one shown here, with each class in your Primary listed. Spin the wheel and invite one or two children in the class indicated to report on their service and how it helped them and others feel happy. Repeat as time allows.