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Photini at the Well

Each day in your classroom, we ask you to follow the structure below.
This is the format that the Teacher’s Manuel and Student Workbooks have
been written in to establish consistency throughout the week of Youth Camp.

1. Read Daily Lesson from Scripture

2. Introduce Daily Icon

3. Answer: Who, What, Where, When, & Why?

4. Daily Activities

5. Daily Memory Verse

The learning continues…

Photini at the Well
READ: Daily Lesson from Scripture John 4: 1-30

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Photini at the Well
WHO: Photini, Christ, the Disciples Photini was a Samaritan woman and Jesus
was a Jew. During those times, these people
were enemies. When Jesus spoke to Photini,
it was practically forbidden in society. His words
and actions towards her teach us about God’s love
(Identify people in icon) for races and genders.

Samaritans were a mixed race and traditional enemies with the Jews. The Samaritans
worshipped the God of Israel and were awaiting a redeemer, they accepted only the first
5 books of the Old Testament (The Pentateuch) as their Scriptures. The Samaritans built
their own temple on Mt Gerizim, which the Jews destroyed in 128 BC.

WHAT The Lord is thirsty from His journey, which shows He was fully human like us, and He
stops at a well for a drink. There He meets Photini and through a conversation, He reveals
to her that He can offer Her living water that will prevent her from being thirsty ever again.
She doesn’t understand at first but she says to Jesus that she knows the Messiah, who is
called Christ, is coming. Jesus says to her, “I who speak to you am He.” Photini became
the first evangelist to proclaim to the Samaritans that Jesus was the Christ!

WHERE: A well in Samaria, the region to the North, between Judea and Galilee.
This well was located at the foot of Mount Gerizim, and is still a place
today where pilgrims can drink. Often known as Jacob's Well in Sychar.

WHEN: This happened at the 6th hour, or noon. John 4: 1-30
The Church remembers St Photini
on March 20.

WHY Jesus shows us that He is God
God takes our ordinary thinking
and helps us to understand who He is

God revealed His identity to a woman.
God’s use of women to share His
good news

God revealed His identity to a
different race.

God has come to save everyone

Photini at the Well

SONG: I am the Resurrection (clap) and the Life, (clap) (clap) (clap)
he who believes in me will never die.
I am the Resurrection (clap) and the Life, (clap) (clap) (clap)
he who believes shall live a new life

ACTIVITY Icon Coloring (Pre-K – 4th)
Word Scramble (2nd – Teens)

GAME: “Go Tell it to the World” (Pre-K – 4th) Play “Telephone,” and see if the
message of Christ can make it to the last person
without being distorted! Have candy to reward
the kids for spreading the message accurately.

Example Phrases: (Pre-K) “I know the Messiah is coming.” “I who speak to you am He.”

(2nd-5th) “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst”

(Teens) “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will
worship the Father in spirit and truth”

(2nd-Teens) “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did.
Could this be the Christ?”

CRAFT: Painting Clay Water Pots,
glue the icon of St Photini

Photini at the Well

EXTRA : The Martyrdom of St Photini

According to tradition, after the Resurrection,
the Samaritan woman was baptized and given the name
Photini, which means “the enlightened one.” The Church
also honors her with the title “Equal to the Apostles.”

Along with her two sons, Victor and Josiah,
and five sisters who were called Anatolia, Phota, Photida, Paraskeva and Kyriake
she then came to belief in His Gospel, she went to Carthage to spread the gospel.
There they were arrested, taken to Rome under Nero, imprisoned and later martyred for
Christ by being thrown into a well.

The Church remembers her on March 20.

QUIZ: Ask the questions below to recap

1. What does the name “Photini” mean?

2. How many children did Photini have?

3. Why did they go to Carthage, Africa?

4. What happened in Rome?

5. How did they become martyrs?

6. When do we celebrate her life?

Photini at the Well


“I know that the Messiah is coming,
who is called Christ.
When He comes
He will tell us all things…
Jesus said to her,
I who speak to you am He.”

John 4:25-26