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Teaching GuideOVERVIEWIn Sunday’s Gospel the Samaritan woman, curious about the living water Jesus has to offer, learns the Good News of God’s love from Jesus and becomes a disciple who brings the Good News to her townspeople. We call the life and grace that well up within her and within us the Holy Spirit. Promise helps children explore how they learn about God and how the Spirit within them inspires them to reach out to others as Jesus did.MATERIALS: Scissors and tape. Have aides available to help the children with cutting and folding. You may also precut and fold the activity and have the children do only the final taping. Separate pages 1-2 of Promise from pages 3-4 before class.SHARING LIFE STORIESOBJECTIVE: The children will identify ways to discover God’s world through their senses.1. GATHER AND SING Set the theme for today’s lesson by singing, “The Whole World Is in God’s Hands.” Add verses that reflect the children’s experience and the life of your school and parish.2. COVER ACTIVITY: How do we learn? Stay in thestory circle and distribute pages 1-2 of Promise. Read the title aloud and ask what the children in the illustration are learning. Starting at the bottom right—the girl who is wading is learning that moving water is cold and the bottom of a little stream has rocks and sand and growing things. The girl with the ice cream cone realizes she can see her reflection as she enjoys the taste of ice cream. Let only one child speak at a time. Ask each time what is helping the children learn about nature. The five senses—taste, touch, hearing, smelling, seeing. Conclude that God made us able to learn from everything around us.3. STRETCH AND SING Lead the children in this song to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”—We use our tongues to taste. We use our tongues to taste. We taste the flavors in our food. We use our tongues to taste.We use our ears to hear.We use our ears to hear.We hear noises loud and soft. We use our ears to hear.We use our eyes to see. We use our eyes to see. We see colors all around. We use our eyes to see.March 19, 2017 • 3rd Sunday of LentSunday Readings: Exodus 17.3-7; Romans 5.1-2, 5-8; John 4.5-42We use our noses to smell.We use our noses to smell.We smell flowers and perfume. We use our noses to smell.We use our hands to touch.We use our hands to touch.We touch things both smooth and rough. We use our hands to touch.LISTENING TO THE GOSPELOBJECTIVE: The children will understand that many people who met Jesus told the Good News about him to others.4. GOSPEL STORYTELLING: A Samaritan woman tells about Jesus Have the children bring pages 1-2 of Promise to the area you reserve for Gospel storytelling. Sit together in a circle and turn to the rebus Gospel story. Read the title together. Ask if anyone knows what a Samaritan is. If you have a map of Israel in Jesus’ time, point to the area called Samaria. It is between Jesus’ home territory of Galilee and Jerusalem, where the Temple is located. Jesus was on a trip to Jerusalem when he and his friends went through Samaria and met a woman getting water at a well.Read the first line of the Gospel story aloud together. Then ask individual children to read the other sentences. It is a long story but not a complicated one. When you are finished reading, ask the following questions to check the children’s comprehension—• Where did Jesus and the woman from Samaria meet? At a well outside of her village.• What did Jesus ask the woman for? What did she say and do? He asked for water. She was surprised he would talk to a Samaritan woman.• What kind of water did Jesus say he could give her? What do you think he meant? Living water. This implies it is from God.• Why did Jesus want to meet the woman’s husband? He wanted her to know that he was sent from God and so could tell things about her.• Why did the woman go to her village to tell people about Jesus? She believed he is the Messiah.• What do the villagers do? They believe in Jesus.• What do you think happened next? Some may havetraveled with Jesus and his friends. Perhaps they joined other Jews who believed in Jesus.5. CREATIVE DRAMA Gather in your open area to lead the children in retelling the story in creative drama. Ask for volunteers to be Jesus, the Samaritan woman, and two disciples traveling with Jesus. The rest of the class are theTG4-6

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