Our third presentation of the week was at Buchanan High School, which caters to students with special needs. Our presentation consisted of five psalms that we sung together, as well as our dramatized version of the parable of the Good Samaritan. True to form, I play a villainous robber, along with one of my lovely teammates (or rather, fellow violent criminals). Sometime in the near future I will see if I can post a video or recording of our wee drama on the blog.
We closed with an explanation of the drama, what exactly it was meant to represent and what lesson there was to be learned. The pupils seemed quite engaged, especially considering how diverse the population is with so many different needs and ability levels in the classroom. The questions asked afterward is always a good indication of interest, and their’s were fabulous.
1. When was this story first told?
Our answer: About two thousand years ago, originally told by Jesus, and recounted by His disciples in the New Testament. The cool thing about it is that although it is quite an ancient story, it is still relevant in the present day.
2. Why did Samaritans and Jews hate each other?
Our answer (courtesy of our pocket theologian/team leader Joseph): It was basically a family dispute. One group broke off from the other and they have loathed one another ever since. (Loathing. Unadulterated loathing.)
3. Why did Jesus choose the Samaritan to represent himself in the parable?
Our answer: One of Jesus’ goals in this parable was to explain the meaning, nature, and origin of goodness. In order to do that, He had to break down His listener’s prior expectations surrounding goodness. The two people whom you would have expected to do the right thing and help the Jew did not, and the one person you would have expected to completely ignore him ends up helping the Jew. SO, I think it is a testament to true goodness, which can only come from God, and can span any distance. Jesus is making it clear that our neighbor is not only those we already love (our friends and family), but those that are difficult to love (our enemies).
After the presentation was finished, we spent some time getting to know a few of the first years (11 and 12 year olds) a bit more personally, and then had tea and biscuits with the head teacher.
The afternoon was a battle field reformation tour. SO much interesting history that I could not possibly recount accurately here, but I might find a link for a website that you could explore for yourself. We got to go into a museum that is not yet open to the public, and that does not yet have all of their artifacts behind glass cases! Guess what that means? I got to hold several old swords, and one quite ancient one, probably about a thousand years old! Coolest! Thing! Ever!
The museum is on the property of a working farm, so there were also sheep, and boarder collies that I could pet! Yep, teaching kids about God, touching ancient artifacts, and petting puppies = basically the perfect day.
When we got home, we helped with kids club then closed out the evening with CY (youth group). I got to play with yet another puppy and hang out with some great friends, though I will say I was pretty sleepy by then.