On Sunday, our Awesome Kids acted out the fabulous story Our House, by Michael Rosen.
George (Izak) was in the house. He wouldn't let any of the other children play in the house. "This house isn't for girls," he said. "This house isn't for twins, or people with glasses, or small people, or people who like tunnels." So selfish!
But, when George had to go away (to go to the toilet), everyone piled on into the house! When George came back, he was not happy!
Luckily, our story had a happy ending, and George came to realise that his house was "Our House", and it was for girls, boys, small people, big people, people with glasses, people who like tunnels... because this house was for everyone!
The story from the bible today was the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well. This is a story about a woman who was not very popular. She was so unpopular that she came to the well to get water in the middle of the day when she thought no one else would be there to say mean things to her or call her names. People thought she was a real loser.
But, Jesus was at the well and talked with her, even though other people thought he shouldn't bother. Jesus treated her with respect and kindness - nobody treated her that way!
Jesus asked the woman for a drink of water. He told her it takes more than food and water to make us feel "alive". Jesus says what keeps him "alive" is loving like God loves.
In this story, this is about making friends with a real outsider, and making her feel really different, really good, about herself.
Jesus wants us to share God's love with everyone, and remember that although every one of us is different, God loves each one of us the same. God's awesome living love is poured out for everyone, making us all feel "alive"!