Music and "Other" Lessons, Ideas, Activities, and Resources for Teaching About Samuel in Sunday School.
Post your Music and "Other" lessons, ideas, activities, and resources for teaching about Samuel in Sunday School.
Post your Music and "Other" lessons, ideas, activities, and resources for teaching about Samuel in Sunday School.
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will participate in a dramatic reading called “Speak, Lord”, make instruments, and participate in praise and worship.
God speaks to us through prayer and His Word, the Bible.
1 Samuel 1:1—3:21
Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."
1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV)
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Welcome the kids and introduce yourself. Ask the kids if they know what story we are learning about this week. (Samuel) Open your Bible and tell them that today we are going to learn about Samuel’s Story from 1 Samuel chapters 1-3 through movement and music. Instruct the kids that they will need listen for their cues as you tell the story.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Divide them into 5 groups and go over what their cues will be.
Say: When I say baby I need this group to say rub their eyes and say, “Wha, wha, wha!”
Say: When I say grow, grows, or grew I need this group to say, “Up and up and up!”
Say: When I say pray, prays, or prayed I need this group to say, “Yes, Lord.”
Say: When I say serve, serves, served, or servant I need this group to say, “I’ll do it.”
Say: When I say sleep or sleeping I need you to make a loud snoring noise.
Read from attached script titled, Speak, Lord!
You may repeat the story and switch parts if the kids enjoyed performing the parts.
Hannah wanted a baby son.
So she went to the temple to pray, “If I have a baby son, O God,
He’ll serve you as he grows up and all his days.”
God gave Hannah a baby.
The Bible tells us that as Samuel grew from a baby to a boy.
His mother prayed for him and he helped Eli as he grew.
He also served the Lord with joy!
One night Samuel said, “I’m so tired. It’s time for bed.”
Samuel prayed and went to sleep.
While he was sleeping he heard, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel thought Eli was calling him so he said, “Yes, Eli. How can I serve you?”
Eli said, “I did not call you. Go back to Sleep.”
Samuel heard his name two more times while he was sleeping and each time he went to Eli saying, “How can I serve you?”
Finally Eli realized that God was calling Samuel and he told Samuel, “The next time you hear your name while you are sleeping say, “Speak Lord, I am listening.”
Samuel went back to sleep and he heard, “Samuel.”
This time he said, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”
You are growing as Samuel grew ...
From a baby to a girl or boy.
Will you pray to God, serve the Lord with joy, and serve others as you grow?
Tell the kids that we are going to make instruments and then sing and praise God. Have each kid choose the instrument that he/she would like to make,
either rhythm sticks or drums. Explain how to make the instruments and give them a few minutes to make them.
Make 2 each since they will be rubbed together to use. Glue a strip of sandpaper on each side of a wooden paint stirrer. Then decorate the stick with markers.
Cover a round container that has a lid (coffee cans, oatmeal, shortening cans) with colored paper. Decorate the drum with markers. They can also use newspaper to fill the drum. Filling the drum to different levels will create different sounds.
Lead the kids in singing and motions (you will need to practice and learn the songs with the motions ahead of time). They can use their instruments as well.
Shout Praises Kids, Trading My Sorrows (Integrity Music):
Track #5 Trading My Sorrows
Kidstuf Classics DVD (North Point Community Church):
Track #6 Wanna Be
Track #10 I’m Gonna Walk
Totally Kids Worship Everyday (Integrity Music):
Track #6 Everyday
Track #1 Open the Eyes of My Heart
Track #3 Every Move I Make
When you finish singing, pray with the children and turn the class back over to the shepherd.
A Lesson written by Faith Herrera from: Grace Point Church
San Antonio, TX
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Member Jaymie Derden posted a note to me saying that her kids created hand and body movements to the hymn, "Here I am Lord" to study Samuel's call in the night. This popular hymn is based on Isaiah 6:8 (Here I am Lord) and 1 Samuel 3 (I've heard you calling in the night).
The hand motions were not written down so you'll have to work with your kids to recreate them yourself. I would probably also discuss potential minor changes in the lyrics just to get the kids thinking more about Samuel's story
Here's a nice contemporary sounding version on YouTube from Chris Bray, a well-known Catholic worship leader-artist. The video could definitely be projected on the wall or shown on your smart tv or computer screen as your teleprompter and music source. Videotape your kids performing it and then have fun watching it back again.
How to download this video.
"Here I Am, Lord" was written in 1981 by Dan Schutte and is found in many modern hymnals, including The United Methodist Hymnal, and Presbyterian Hymnal, and many Catholic hymnals.
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry,
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Refrain: Here I am, Lord. Is it I Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.*
See the full lyrics set to music on YouTube's "Catholic Karaoke" channel:
Comment: In many churches this hymn is sung with a quick, uplifting pace.
Children will perform motions to the song Here I Am Lord in blacklight theater as they explore how the lyrics connect to Samuel's story.
A little preface to our blacklight theater Music and Movement lesson for Samuel....
I've also included links to our videos of the performances. Please realize that these were NOT rehearsed -- we basically went over the lyrics, discussed how they fit the story of Samuel and then did it in blacklight! The younger kids did just the chorus; the older kids did the verses (and ended up doing the chorus as well, because I didn't want them to just sit there in the dark on the stage! lol)
For the 3-5 grade group, our adult helper (who had practiced with the poster board signs beforehand) overslept, so we had a totally newbie adult helper who bravely stepped in and did her best, but missed a lot of the neon signs.
A good reminder that it's the process that is the most important... this was our first attempt at blacklight and the kids LOVED it. We will definitely do it again.
I've also attached the video of the K-2 graders signing the memory verse in blacklight. We sign our verses almost every month as it's a great memory tool. Blacklight was extra fun!
Many thanks to Luanne Payne for her expert advice on setting everything up!!!
NIV Adventure Bible - I Samuel 1-3, “The Story of Samuel”
For K-2nd grade: Deep Blue Bible Storybook – “Hannah Prays, pages 110-113 and “God Calls Samuel” pages 114-117
Memory Verse: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” I Samuel 3:9
Objectives and Life Application:
Copy the lyrics onto a transparency and set up the overhead projector.
Contact parents asking kids to wear dark clothing or bring a large dark t-shirt to wear.
Prepare the black light stage:
Blacklight theater requires a completely dark room. Hang a black tarp from the ceiling to floor creating a 3-sided (back and 2 sides) stage area. The floor and ceiling do not have to be covered.
Cover all windows and openings in the doors with black plastic, taping to trim with painter’s tape to eliminate any ambient light.
Prepare the black lights:
Secure the black lights vertically to a chair using thick yarn or heavy string. Tape the cords to the floor to prevent tripping hazards. Remember the lights will be off frequently during this session! (See photo one in the slide show below.)
Prepare the Props:
Wash the white gloves in Tide laundry detergent before class to enhance the glow under the blacklight.
Cut out the following props from neon poster board or paint with neon poster paint onto black foam board:
Setting up the camera/video camera:
Set up a tripod with the camera facing the stage.
Videotape a test run to determine best placement of the camera.
Note after completing this workshop:
The kids had a GREAT time with this. It was very challenging to use the poster boards – although the neon signs were amazing on the video. If you have a very large class you could have one child per board assigned – which would make it much easier – no handing back and forth of boards. Or reduce the number of neon signs and use hand motions primarily.
Welcome and Introductions 5 minutes
Bible Study 15 minutes
Blacklight Drama 25 minutes
Reflection/Closing 5 minutes
Welcome the children warmly. Help the shepherds distribute name tags. Introduce yourself and invite children to introduce themselves. Please include the shepherd.
Light the Christ Candle and place in the middle of the table where all can see.
Say: We light this candle to remind us that Jesus is the Light of the world. God is with us wherever we go. God is with us here in this place today.
Pray: Heavenly Father, We thank you for today and this time together. This month we are learning about Samuel, and how he listened carefully to you. Help us to have open eyes, ears, minds and most of all hearts. Help us truly listen this month so we can draw closer to you. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for sending Jesus to save us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(the candle should remain lit until the end of the session)
Say: Many years before Jesus was born, Moses led the Israelite people out of Egypt and through the desert. Then Moses died. The people came into the Promised Land. They needed leaders to help them and guide them like Moses had done. Judges became the new leaders for Israel. Judges were religious leaders in the community who helped the people follow God. (This is different than judges today…. If necessary, explain this difference to the children.) Samuel was the last and greatest judge in Israel. This is his story...
Bible Study: Grades K-2 Deep Blue Bible Storybook
Where would we find a story in the Bible that takes place many years before Jesus was born? (Old Testament) Let’s find the story of Samuel in our Bibles now.
Pass out Bibles to children who did not bring one from home. Help the children turn to page 110 and read the following two stories: Hannah’s Prayer and God Calls Samuel. Have the children follow along in their Bibles.
Bible Study: Grades 3-5: NIV Adventure Bible
Help the children locate I Samuel 1 in their Bibles. 1 and 2 Samuel are books of history. Due to the length of the story, paraphrase the first part of the story: Hannah’s prayer (1 Samuel 1:1-17), Hannah dedicates Samuel (1 Samuel 1:26-28).
Read heading: "The Lord Calls Samuel."
Read 1 Samuel 3:1-10.
“Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” I Samuel 3:9
Say : God called Samuel in an audible voice. God most often speaks to us in quieter ways. How might God be calling you?
Do: Use these signs to learn the verse:
Speak – hold right index finger next to lips and wiggle up and down slightly
Lord – with index finger and thumb make “L” sign, place on opposite shoulder and bring across chest diagonally to right hip
I (your servant) – make fist with right hand with little finger extended up, placing thumb side to chest
Listening – place right hand behind right ear
Say: We are going to listen to a song or hymn that tells about listening to God's voice and responding to it. There are many stories in the Bible where people heard God's call and responded. Sometimes they followed God -- like Abraham. Sometimes they hesitated -- like Moses. Sometimes they tried to hide or run away -- like Jonah. It's one thing to know what God wants you to do. It's another thing to be willing to do it! God wants us to listen for his voice…. to spend time in prayer and quiet time. But when we know what God wants us to do, it's important to obey. In our story this month, God called Samuel -- a young boy. Even a child can be used by God to do important things if he or she is willing to listen and obey. Samuel wasn’t too young and neither are you!
Display the “Here I Am” lyric transparency on the overhead projector.
Gather the children near the overhead so they can see the words.
First we’re going to listen to the song and create motions to act it out. Then we’ll perform the motions under the blacklight! Blacklight is a special type of drama that is done in the dark with special lights called blacklight. Neon colors and white show up, but everything else is dark.
Note: If time is short – review the song quickly and just begin the blacklight drama. Teacher can stand behind the camera and make the motions (wearing gloves) and have the children follow your lead. We found that the kids easily followed the signs -- but we do this every month so our kids are used to this! Our kids also had suggestions for signs to use -- for example they came up with the "make your darkness bright" sign -- coming together to form a "sun")
Sea – make waves by moving right hand up and down from right to left.
Sky – birds with hands, cross thumbs together and move fingers like wings flapping
Cry – sad face poster board - 1
Dark – hide hands behind
Hand – raise one hand, palm out
Save – hold up cross poster board - 2
Stars - flick hands open and shut, twinkle hands
Darkness bright – all hands come together to form a bright “sun” like ball
Bear light – grasp right wrist with left hand, right hand with flickering fingers
Whom – question mark poster board - 3
Here I am – hands on chest, then move forward as if presenting self
Is it I ? Index fingers point to chest
I have heard you calling - hands to ears, phone sign
I will go – stepping motions with hands
lead me – hands in fists move outward and to right
hold – hands cupped together
heart – poster board heart - 4
wind and flame – swirl hands around, flicker for flames
tend the poor and lame – rocking arms
set a feast – move hands up and down outward from sides
hand – raise one hand, palm facing out
save - cross poster board - 2
Finest bread I will provide p – move hands forward as if holding a platter
Till their hearts be satisfied – hands crossed over heart, heart poster board – 4
I will give my life to them – brush hands up on chest, then palms up in front, sign life
Whom shall I send? – question mark -3
Note: This version eliminates two verses that are found in other recordings.
Do: Play the song through one time with the lyrics displayed.
Say: Next we will use hand motions and props to act out the song.
Assign 1 child (2 if you have a large class) to handle the foam board props. The remaining children will perform hand motions. Show the props. Line up the children in two lines, with the prop holder center stage in back, behind the children doing hand motions.
Assign an adult helper to stand at the side of the stage and hand the poster boards in the correct order to the prop holder as needed. Be sure to keep the poster boards turned around with black side facing outward, until it’s time for them to be revealed.
Read through the lyrics and demonstrate the suggested motions having the children follow along.
For younger grades, you may not want to do the entire song. Do just the chorus and allow the older groups to do the verses.
What parts of the song remind you of the story of Samuel? (a voice calling in the night, Samuel being willing to trust God and later becoming a great leader of God's people)
Do other words remind you of other stories? (creation, slavery in Egypt, sending Jesus, prophets)
Invite children to stand in a circle.
Say: Today we explored a well-known hymn about God calling us and about how we will respond to God’s call. Will we be like Samuel and “go where God leads us” and “hold God’s people in our hearts?”
Where might God lead us? What might God want us to do to hold his people in our hearts (love and care for them)? (be kind, be loving, share with others, be helpful, think about what others need, encourage others, etc.)
When it’s your turn, please say one way you think God might be calling YOU to follow him more closely and to love others better. This is important prayer time, not play time – so please remember to be respectful of God and others.
Go around the circle asking for each child’s prayer. Add your own. Then close with the Lord’s Prayer. Extinguish the Christ Candle.
Encourage the children to help you clean up. Place all props and other materials in the prop closet or the storage cabinet. Remove the black light tarps after the last session.
To view some of our photos of our props, click on one of the pictures below. Use your left and right arrows to move through the "show."
A lesson written by Jaymie Derden for State Street United Methodist Church
Bristol, VA, USA
Images & videos copyright Jaymie Derden, 2017.