Like last week’s story about Nicodemus, this week’s story from the gospel of John 4:5–42 is another story that is not included in the other three gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Our session will focus on only part of the story, omitting verses 16–30. Jesus and the disciples were travelling through Samaria, an unusual thing for Jews to do at that time because of the long history of conflict between Jews and Samaritans. Although they shared the same heritage, they held different views about worship. For Samaritans, the holy place of worship was Mount Gerizim; for Jews, it was Jerusalem.
The story takes place at a well and the gospel writer explores the metaphor of “living water”. This week’s session offers an opportunity to explain some of the history of antagonism between the Jews and Samaritans and how Jesus, a Jewish man, reached out to welcome and engage in conversation with a Samaritan woman.
While most people around the world have limited access to clean water and sanitation, those in our group may never have experienced what it means to be truly thirsty. At our time, together, we may explore also both the practical issues around water in Jesus’ time and today, and the symbolism of the life-giving water offered by Jesus.
All children and youth are welcome to join us for Bible story time and activities on the 2nd floor after the time of conversation with the pastor. Childcare is available for children 4 and under on the 2nd floor as well.