Jesus and The Woman at the Well
February
John 4
Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee and called ordinary people to follow him and help spread the gospel. These first disciples were fishermen, and they changed their lives to follow Jesus. Jesus told them they would become “fishers of men.”
Jesus is on his way back to Galilee and is passing through Samaria. Tired from the journey, Jesus sits next to a well to rest. A Samaritan woman comes to draw water and Jesus speaks to her and asks for a drink. Jesus shows the woman that God’s love is for everyone.
The Bible Story Through Gameplay
This game takes place inside the city of Sychar and outside the city near Jacob’s well. Children begin the game with the task of finding Jacob’s well and preparing a place there for Jesus to rest. Kids must find a shade tree, remove the broken pots underneath, and then place a mat at the base of the tree. Children watch a cinema of John 4:5-6, as Jesus and his disciples walk into the area. Jesus sits on the mat to rest, while the disciples continue on into the city.

Then children are instructed to find the Samaritan woman at her home. Upon finding her, she says, “I need to find my water jar so that I can go to the well.” Children will enjoy this search because it involves finding a way to keep a set of hidden stairways from disappearing. They can then climb the stairs to the top of a high column. Sitting at the top is the Samaritan woman’s water jar. They return it to her and then follow her to Jacob’s well, where they watch a cinema of John 4:7, 9-11, and 13-15. They observe Jesus speaking with her about “living water.”

Next kids are asked to find the disciples in the city. Once found, children must help the disciples purchase bread at the market place. Children then follow the disciples back to Jesus, where they watch a cinema of John 4:27-28. The children see the Samaritan woman leave the area and are instructed to help her tell three people about Jesus. When they find a person in the city, the Samaritan woman says, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?”

Kids must then follow these people back to Jesus, where they watch the final cinema of John 4:39-42. Children observe the people speaking with Jesus and asking him to stay with them. Kids must then find the FaithPoint before entering the Bonus Round.

For extra points, children can help a young boy retrieve his water jar from a well on the other side of the city. Kids retrieve other items like a plate, a fig, and a horn from the well before finding the boy’s water jar. More points are awarded for taking these other items back to their rightful owners.

THE GAME IN 30 SECONDS

Go to Jacob’s well and prepare a place for Jesus to rest under the shade of a tree; watch a cinema of John 4:5-6.

Find Samaritan woman at her home.

Follow the Samaritan woman to Jacob’s well and watch a cinema of John 4:7, 9-11, 13-15.

Find disciples in the marketplace.

Follow disciples back to Jesus and watch a cinema of John 4:27-28.

Help the Samaritan woman tell 3 people about Jesus.

Follow the people back to Jesus and watch a cinema of John 4:39-42.

Collect bonus tokens; then find the flag to end the game.

God is love. 1 John 4:8 (NRSV)
 
KEEP IT GOING AT HOME

This month, children are asked to prepare a place for Jesus to rest at Jacob’s well. They must first clean an area under a tree near the well by removing some broken pots. Kids must find a mat and place it in the shade of the tree. Children then watch the cinema of John 4:5-6, where they see Jesus come and sit on the mat.

Ask the kids: What kinds of things could you do to prepare an outside area for Jesus to rest mid-day and be comfortable?

(Each month, “Keep It Going At Home” will contain some fun gameplay activities related to the Bible story. Use it to start a discussion with your children about this month’s Bible story game.)

In John 4:5-6, Jesus sits by Jacob’s well, resting from his journey.
Jesus speaks with the Samaritan woman about living water. (John 4:7, 9-11, 13-15)
In John 4:39-42, the Samaritans come to Jesus and ask him to stay with them.
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