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Summary of Lesson Activities:
A “Would We Recognize God?” game.
Scripture Reference:
I Samuel 3: 1-21

Leader Preparation:
  • Gather the materials.
  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Get recordings of church members.

Supplies List:

  • tape recorder
  • tape with voices saying Bible verses
  • Bibles.


Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.

Has God ever spoken to you? How would we know if God is talking to us?
Let’s think about that for a little bit, while we read the story about Samuel.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Read: The Bible Background
I Samuel 3: 1-21
Practice: The Memory Verse

Have the kids ‘recap’ the story in their own words.
  • Hannah prayed to God to have a child – would give him back to God.
  • Eli was the priest at the temple – had 2 sons who stole offerings meant for God.
  • Samuel was Eli’s helper – parents came to visit
  • God called Samuel during the night, but he thought it was Eli calling.
  • Eli realized it was God – Samuel said ‘Speak, for you servant is listening’
  • God told Samuel that Eli and his sons would be punished
Would you recognize God’s voice? If God spoke to you, would you know it? What would it sound like? Most people don’t know what God’s voice sounds like, - Big voice, small voice, like a Grandpa, we don’t know
  • God is probably not going to call us on the cell phone. But, would we recognize God if He talks to us? How do we know when God is talking to us? (True stories/situations from Randall, Iowa.)
  • Actually heard words when nobody was around (and you’re not crazy)
-A lady in our church was worrying about something. It bothered her a lot and she couldn’t seem to stop fretting. She kept worrying. As she was standing in the hallway, she heard a voice say “I’ll take care of it.” She looked around, there was nobody around. And God ‘took care of it’ – there was no need to worry anymore.
  • A peaceful feeling
-I was looking at an old picture of my kids and my parents hanging on my refrigerator. I see that picture every day. This day, I thought we needed to take a new picture. I got a peaceful feeling and felt that was the right thing to do. Four days later my mom had health issues that made one side of her mouth droop down. We didn’t get that picture in time. I feel God was talking to me, but I didn’t listen.
  • A persistent feeling / the same thoughts keep popping in your head
-I had an acquaintance going through cancer. I had not talked with her and her husband for a while. All of a sudden, I got a persistent feeling that I should call them. I called and went to see them. She was really sick and died the next day. I feel God was talking to me.
  • Nagging thoughts/things that bug you
-There was Sunday school work that I needed to complete. Some of it had been sitting round for 1 ½ years. I just hadn’t made the time to tidy up the loose ends. I had nagging thoughts that kept bugging me to get it done. I finally completed the project. Shortly after my work was done and saved on disk, our computer crashed. No information could be recovered from the computer, but I had the disks as backup. I feel God was talking to me.
  • Have you ever listened for God? God says “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10.) We just need to be quiet and trust that God knows what he’s doing.
  • Let God come in and fill you with His spirit.
  • Sometimes we get so busy with our lives that we forget to pray and pay attention to what God has to say to us.
Who is talking? We are going to listen to people from our church reading from the Bible. Can you guess who they are? Samuel had a hard time recognizing God’s voice. Let’s see how good we are at recognizing people we know.
  • Play a pre-recorded tape of people reading their favorite Bible verse – maybe 15 different people. They will say the verse, followed by the Bible reference, then pause for 5 seconds and say their own name. (use a variety of people and ages)
  • Stop after each verse and let the kids guess who is the speaker. (Stop the tape before they say their name.)
  • Have hints available if needed – sings in the choir, plays the piano, usually sits in the back of the church, related to Stephanie, etc.
  • After each verse/name say, “You could (or couldn’t) recognize ________ (name of reader),
    • But will you recognize God when He speaks to you?”
    • But will you listen to God when He talks to you?”
    • But will you be still and pay attention to God?”
    • But will you be quiet and trust in God?”
  • You can use the same sentence each time, or mix them up. It seems kind of corny, but the kids really responded to the repetition.
Ahead of time: Record people’s voices. Let each person pick their favorite Bible verse or use one of these suggestions:

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning…
Genesis 31: 49 May the Lord keep watch betw
Genesis 9:13 I have set my rainbow…
Exodus 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day…
Joshua 24: 15 me & my house will serve the
Psalms 23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd…
Psalms 46:10 Be still and know that I am…
Psalm 66:1 Make a joyful noise…
Psalms 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanks…
Psalms 118:24 This is the day the Lord…
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way…
Isaiah 12:2 Surely God is my salvation…
Isaiah 40:31 They will soar on wings like
Matt.28:19 Therefore go and make disciples
Matt 5: 9 Blessed are the peacemakers
Matt 18:3-4 become like little children…
Matt 19:14 Let the little children come…
Luke 2:11 Today in the town of David, a …
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest…
Luke 23:34 Jesus said, Father forgive them..
John 8:12 I am the light of the world…
John 3:16 – God so loved the world…
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful, pray…
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things thro
James 5:16 confess your sins…pray for each..
I John 4:7 love one another, for love…

If there is extra time: Could replay the taped verses, then look up the Bible verse in their Bible.
Talk about the story.
  • Why did Elkanah leave town with his family and go to worship at the Temple/Tabernacle?
-All male Israelites were commanded to worship at the tabernacle for three feasts every year – It was their custom (This next info is for the teacher)
#1) Passover/feast of unleavened bread, celebrated how God ‘passed over’ the Hebrew houses in Egypt
#2) Feast of Weeks/Feast of Harvest/Pentecost, celebrating the end of the harvest, this was the holiday being observed in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit came in power (Acts 2)
#3) Feast of Tabernacles/Feast of Booths/Feast of Ingathering, celebrated during the harvest season to remember Israel’s wandering in the wilderness, people lived in tents or booths
  • Hannah went to the Tabernacle to pray. Why did she do that? Why not kneel down and pray wherever she was? Maybe she wanted to get away from Peninnah – be alone – not have distractions – make it feel more holy/special
  • Where do you pray?
  • Where can you pray? Anywhere – in a crowd – by yourself – all the time
  • Do you think it was hard for Hannah to give her son to God and leave him at the temple?
Yes – her only son, only see him yearly, he was so young/probably only 3 years old,
No – she knew God would take care of him, trusted God,
Can you imagine someone coming up to Pastor Jim and giving him their son to raise?

-Samuel was just a boy. He ate and slept at the church. He was dedicated to serve God all of his life. Samuel would have performed simple tasks, such as cleaning and running errands for the priest, Eli.
  • When the Lord called to Samuel, who did Samuel think was calling him? What was his response? Eli, the priest – ‘Here I am, you called me’ (what a great servant to respond right away and offer himself – here I am!)
  • After the third time of God calling to Samuel, Eli realized it was the Lord calling. What did Eli suggest for Samuel to say? ‘Speak, for your servant is listening’ (What a great servant to be ready to listen and do what the Lord wants)


End with a prayer.

A lesson written by Rachel Haugland
Last edited by Luanne Payne
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Ideas from Neil MacQueen

Use Cal and Marty’s Scripture Memory Game to work on 1 Sam 3’s several memorable and provocative memory verses (the story of God’s call to Sam). There’s several of them so your kids could hunt and decide, then tell you why they think it’s an important verse by adding a note or quiz with the verse in Cal and Marty.

If you’re doing Eli and Samuel (1 Sam 3) try re-scripting the intriguing dialog of the verses using Let’s Talk. Let’s Talk is perfect for recasting stories, letting the kids come up with more explanatory dialog, and having them respond through their talking character to your questions.

"Cal & Marty" and "Let's Talk" software programs are now free to the supporting members of!

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You can also use Kid Pix 4 or the newer "3D" version to illustrate the funny/amazing line from God in 1 Sam 3 where he says, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle.”

Using Let’s Talk or Kid Pix 4 have the kids put words or images to the questions: What does a spiritual “tingle” feel, look, sound like?  How ELSE does a person know that God is doing something special to them or around them besides a “tingling” feeling? A person? A sense of confirmation and confidence, etc. Note that Samuel shared God’s message Eli, and Eli confirmed it was true.

*The Life of David (Kid's Interactive Series)

Samuel is briefly introduced in the following sections:

The following older programs are now *out of print, but which many Rotation churches have:

* CD

People - Prophets - Samuel - A Voice in the Night.

*Play & Learn Children’s Bible CD

For early readers and preschoolers includes “God Talks to Samuel”.

Last edited by Luanne Payne

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