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Sunday, 24th January 2021

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to another weekly email full of fun resources for you to use with your family. This term we will be looking at different people who encountered Jesus. I hope you find the activities below useful as you explore the story of the Woman at the Well with your children.

Due to the current lockdown, Aftershock is also back on Zoom.

Thanks,
Matt

YouTube Woman at WellYouTube video about the Woman at the Well.

Click here to view. From John 4:1-42
 




I wonder. . . 

  • I wonder how you would describe the Samaritan woman before she met Jesus?
  • I wonder why the woman was surprised that Jesus spoke to her?
  • I wonder how you would have felt if you were the Samaritan woman?
  • I wonder how Jesus knew everything about the woman?
  • I wonder how it feels that Jesus knows everything about you?
  • I wonder why she ran back to town to tell everybody about Jesus?
  • I wonder who you would like to tell about Jesus?
  • I wonder how you would describe the Samaritan woman after she met Jesus?

Question to ask your parents!

  • I wonder who you'd like to tell about Jesus?
  • I wonder how it feels that Jesus knows everything about you?

Spinning Woman At The Well Craft

Woman at Well CraftThis week's craft is a spinning scene of the story of the Woman at the Well. To start you will need to carefully cut out everything. You will notice that the scenes have two thick black lines at the bottom, make sure to cut these out for the well.

Download template here
 
With the three scenes, fold the small rectangular glue tabs forward and then simply glue the sides together, but only up to the slits which you have cut out for the well. The well itself has a glue tab which is the correct size to slip into the slits.

Attach the base by lining up along the lines and glue the tabs which you folded at the start.

The character tabs need to be folded and glued down in the correct section: the two crowds go with the houses, the woman is alone at the well, and the three disciples are with the wheat field.

Finally, add some text boxes which you can come up with yourself to tell the story in your own words.


Youth Zone

Woman at Well SpokenClick here or on the image on the left  to watch the YouTube video  of the Spoken Word for the Woman at the Well.

The spoken word poem on the left brings to life the journey the Samaritan woman in John 4 goes through, before, during, and after her encounter with Jesus. Before she meets Jesus she is unloved, uncared for, and unwanted, not just by others but sadly by herself too. She wants after one thing and that is to be known because she knows that the act of being known brings love, care, and want which she has none of.

“I am a woman of no distinction of little importance.
I am a woman of no reputation save that which is bad.

You whisper as I pass by and cast judgmental glances,
Though you don’t really take the time to look at me,
Or even get to know me.

For to be known is to be loved, and to be loved is to be known.
Otherwise, what’s the point in doing either one of them in the first place?

I WANT TO BE KNOWN.

I want someone to look at my face
And not just see two eyes, a nose, a mouth, and two ears;
But to see all that I am, and could be all my hopes, loves, and fears.

But that’s too much to hope for, to wish for, or pray for
So I don’t, not anymore.

Now I keep to myself, and by that, I mean the pain
that keeps me in my own private jail
The pain that’s brought me here at midday to this well."
 
To say that Samaritans and Jews didn't get on is an understatement! The Jews utterly despised the Samaritans and felt they had no claim on their God and yet here we see Jesus walking into a town in Samaria, a route no Jew would ever take, to encounter this Samaritan woman.

She was an outcast and looked down upon by her own people. We see this is the case as she is found going to the well to draw water alone. Normally women took this opportunity to get water together early in the morning as it gave them a chance to chat too! But to go in the middle of the day, at its hottest, shows she was an outcast and looked down on due to her relationship status. Due to her sin, she avoided going to the well with others because she was worried and embarrassed at what people would say about her. Deep down all she wants is someone to look at her all that she is and all she could be. On her trip to the well that day she encountered someone who was waiting for her to arrive, not only that but someone who would actually speak to her. To Jesus she was important.
  • Do you sometimes feel unimportant for Jesus?
  • How does it feel that Jesus is waiting for us too that you are important to Him?
"To ask for a drink is no big request but to ask it of me?
A woman unclean, ashamed, used, and abused
An outcast, a failure a disappointment, a sinner.

No drink passing from these hands to your lips could ever be refreshing
Only condemning, as I’m sure you condemn me now
But you don’t."

To ask for a drink from not only a Samaritan but also a sinner must have made the woman feel loved. She knows all too well what it feels like to be unloved and looked down on by others and herself. The encounter with Jesus flips this around and she is now wanted, cared for, and loved. Jesus brings value to her life where others and herself failed to. Jesus welcomes her into a conversation with him, a catch-up, a drink, that will change this woman's life forever.

Jesus encountering the woman at well shows us that God loves us no matter who we are and what we have done. We look for things outside of Jesus to give our lives fulfillment, meaning, and purpose, for the woman it was men, but Jesus is saying that He is the Living Water that will not make us thirsty. We need an encounter and a relationship with Him to gain true fulfillment in life.
  • Who can we offer a drink to, a catch-up, a non-judgmental listening ear?
  • Where are you looking to satisfy your thirst?
"You’re a man of no distinction; though of the utmost importance.
A man with little reputation, at least so far.

You whisper and tell me to my face what all those glances have been about,
and you take the time to really look at me. But don’t need to get to know me.

For to be known is to be loved and to be loved is to be known.

And you know me. You actually know me;
all of me and everything about me.
Every thought inside and hair on top of my head;
Every hurt stored up, every hope, every dread.

My past and my future, all I am and could be.
You tell me everything, you tell me about me!

And that which is spoken by another would bring hate and condemnation.
Coming from you brings love, grace, mercy, hope, and salvation.

I’ve heard of one to come who could save a wretch like me
And here in my presence, you say
I AM He."

Jesus knows everything about us even the stuff we try to keep hidden. The woman cannot believe that Jesus, knowing all that she has done, wants to love her and know her continually. Jesus saw the sin of the woman and called her out on it. Jesus knows everything about us, there is no point hiding, and yet He still chose the cross for us. Jesus sees our sin and still loves us, he isn’t fazed by it, there is nothing too big or small for Jesus to forgive. Let’s be honest with Jesus, come to him as he waits for us, and accept his love, grace, mercy, hope, and salvation.
  • Spend some time in prayer to God, being honest with him, and confess the times where we have fallen short. Rest in his presence and know you are forgiven.
"To be known is to be loved, and to be loved is to be known.

And I just met you. But I love you.
I don’t know you, but I want to get to.

Let me run back to town this is way too much for just me.
There are others: brothers, sisters, lovers, haters.

The good and the bad, sinners and saints
who should hear what you’ve told me;
who should see what you’ve shown me;
who should taste what you gave me;
who should feel how you forgave me.

For to be known is to be loved, and to be loved is to be known.
And they all need this, too. We all do
Need it for our own."

After the woman’s encounter, her self-doubt has gone and the thoughts of what people will think of her have vanished. She is a changed woman and she realised that if Jesus can change a sinner like her then there is hope for everyone. ‘Let me run back to town this is way too much for me!’ Instead of avoiding people, she runs straight to those who hated and ridiculed her and told them the Good News of Jesus. She had a testimony of how she lost but now she is found, broken but is now fixed, hurting but is loved. Before she hid from society because of her sin and way of life, but after encountering Jesus, she went into that same town a different woman, a changed woman, a woman brimming with confidence not worrying who she was, but focussing on who she can become in Jesus.

It took guts to do what that woman did that day. She shared her testimony and others came to know Jesus. This Good News is too much for us too!
  • Who are you going to share Jesus with? So they can hear what he’s told you, see what he’s shown you, taste what he’s given you, and felt how he’s forgiven you?
 

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