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Big Hearted

Kids will see that God's love reaches to everyone-no matter where they come from.
Scripture
: John 4:7-15
You'll Need: A large poster board with different colors on each side, pencils, and a Bible

Before kids arrive, draw a large heart on the poster board. Then tear the heart into pieces so you have one piece per child. Let children know which color you want them to write on so the puzzle fits.

Read John 4:7-9. Say: When this happened, men didn't speak to women in public and Jewish people didn't speak to Samaritan people.

Plus, this woman was poor and people thought she wasn't "good enough."

Give each child a piece of the torn heart. Say: Turn to a partner and talk about a time you didn't feel like you were good enough.

Ask: What things can make people feel different today?

Read John 4:10-15. Say: Jesus didn't care that the woman was different or that he wasn't supposed to talk to her. He loved her anyway and offered her living water-his way of inviting her to have faith in him.

Have kids each write one thing on their heart piece that makes them feel unique or different. Have kids share what they wrote as they glue their pieces onto the poster board, making it into a puzzle.

Say: Just as we fit the heart together, Jesus wants us to fit with people who are different from us and show them his love.

Ask:
• What are good things about being different from other kids?
• How can you show love to someone who's different?

This activity is part of the camp idea "Camp Can-Do" which was excerpted from Children's Ministry Magazine. Subscribe today!

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