Samuel: Listening to God!

Overview and Background Information

Overview of the Workshops:

  • Art: Children will make Dream Catchers Note: If you scroll down to the bottom of this lesson set, there is an additional art lesson on decorating pillow cases.
    Focus: Listening to God, serving God.
  • Bible Skills & Games: Children will play several listening games.
    Focus: Learning to listen to God.
  • Computers: Create posters to advertise a Baby Shower Mission Project
    Focus: Serving God when you are young
  • Cooking: Children will create Samuel’s bed snacks.  Also check out Cooking modification by another member that substitutes Marshmellows for the rasins here.
    Focus: Hearing God’s voice.
  • Drama: Children will explore the different characters in the story using Frozen Statue techniques.
    Focus: Learning about the characters in the story, exploring baptism.
  • Mission: Children will gather and sort Baby Shower Mission Gifts and make gift cards to go with packages.
    Focus: Serving God like Samuel
  • Video: Children will view the Nest Video “Samuel.”
    Focus: Overview of the story.
  • Music Video Idea added by Neil MacQueen at a later date.

 

Scripture References:

I Samuel 1-3, “The Story of Samuel” Little Kids’ Adventure Bible, pages 109-113.

Memory Verse:

“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9


Bible Notes:

  • Little Kids’ Adventure Bible:
    People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 109
    Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 110
    Did you Know? How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 112
  • NiRV Adventure Bible:
    People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 319
    Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 318
    Did you Know? What was Eli’s sin? Page 320
    How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 321

 

Theme:

God spoke to the people in the Bible. God still speaks to us today through the Bible, through those who love us, through preachers and teachers, through Christian friends, through worship and prayer.

Music:

  1. “I Want to Be Like You,” FFH I Want to Be Like You, Brentwood Music, 1998.
  2. “Serve the Lord,” WOW the 90’s, Word Entertainment, 1999.
  3.  “Every Move I Make,” Modern Worship Songs, I Could Sing of Your Love Forever, Sparrow, 2002.
  4. “Here I am Lord,” Group’s 18 of the BestPraise and Worship Songs, Volume 2, Group Publishing, 1994.
  5. “I Will Call Upon the Lord,” Acoustic Worship, Brentwood Music, 1998.
  6. “Take my Life,” Offerings II, Third Day, Brentwood Music, 2003.
  7. “If We are the Body,” Casting Crowns
  8. “Draw Me Close,” Change My Heart O God, II, Vineyard Music, 1997.

Objectives and Life Application (K-1): 

  • Children will retell the story in their own words.
  • Children will become familiar with the characters in the story: Hannah, Elkanah, Samuel, Eli.
  • Children will talk about ways they can listen to God.
  • Children will talk about ways God answers prayer.
  • Children will describe ways God can use them in the world.
  • Children will memorize I Samuel 3:9.

Objectives and Life Application (grades 2-5):

  • Children will locate the story of Samuel in the Old Testament.
  • Children will identify the book of I Samuel as a book of Old Testament History.
  • Children will identify the following characters and place them correctly in the story: Hannah, Elkanah, Peninnah, Eli, Samuel.
  • Children will retell the story in their own words.
  • Children will discuss ways God speaks to us today.
  • Children will discuss ways God answers prayer.
  •  Children will describe ways God can use them in the world.
  • Children will memorize I Samuel 3:9.

Background Information:
The books of I and II Samuel explore the history of Israel from the 12th Century to 10th Century B.C. These books describe Israel’s transition from a loosely organized Tribal Confederacy governed by judges to a unified monarchy. Samuel was Israel’s last and greatest judge.

After the death of Moses and the Israelites’ entry into the Promised Land, Israel was governed by judges. Judges were people with great moral character and believed to have a close connection to God. They made God’s will known to the people. Eli was a priest and judge in the town of Shiloh. The Tabernacle had become a more permanent structure, sometimes called a shrine, and was located at Shiloh. Eli served as the priest and cared for the tabernacle. Each year, the Israelites made three required pilgrimages to worship and offer sacrifices at Shiloh.

Hannah and Elakanah
Elkanah (El-KAY-nuh) was from the tribe of Levi. He had two wives – Hannah and Peninnah (Puh – NIN –uh). He greatly loved Hannah, but she was unable to have children. His second wife, Peninnah, had several children. Polygamy in these times was not considered morally wrong, however it was economically unfeasible for many. If a first wife was barren, it was common for men to take additional wives. This seems to have been the case in Elkanah’s situation. Rural families also tended to have more wives to ensure enough children were born to work the fields and because infant and childhood mortality was so high. Children in Bible times were considered to be special blessings from God (still are!). Children were a symbol of fulfillment. In contrast, childlessness in Bible times was considered a great curse and punishment from God. Hannah’s barrenness was a bitter disappointment for her. Peninnah did not help matters by constantly teasing her about her childlessness.

Each year, Elkanah’s family made the pilgrimage from their home in Ramah to Shiloh to worship and offer sacrifices for the forgiveness of their sins at the tabernacle. (The tabernacle by this time was housed at Shiloh and may have been a more permanent building than the portable building used in the wilderness.) Each year, as family members gathered, Hannah was reminded of her childless state. Her bitterness and despair over her childlessness dominated her entire life. Because of her depression, she was unable to see the blessings God had given her, such as a loving husband.

During one of these annual pilgrimages, Hannah fervently prayed for God to give her a child. In return she promised that she would give him to the Lord as a Nazirite. (A Nazirite was one who was under a special vow of separation to the Lord. Nazirites could not cut their hair, touch a dead body or drink any fermented drinks. Samson was probably the most well-known Nazirite. Samuel and John the Baptist were also dedicated similarly.) The dedication of the firstborn son was a common practice for families. However, most families “redeemed” their firstborn by bringing a special sacrifice to the tabernacle or temple. God answered Hannah’s prayer, she became pregnant and baby Samuel was born. The name Samuel means “name of God” or “asked of God.”

The dedication of Samuel
Hannah remembered her promise to God. After he was weaned (probably at about age 3-4), she took him to Eli, the priest at Shiloh, and left him in his care. Hannah’s prayer of joy and praise at Samuel’s dedication is an amazing declaration of faith and understanding of God. In this prayer, Hannah declares God to be holy, the one who sees and judges all human affairs, the one who satisfies our needs and the Master of all that happens to us. Mary’s Magnificat (in Luke 2) is modeled after Hannah’s prayer of thanksgiving in I Samuel 2.

It may be difficult for our children to understand how Hannah could “give away” her son. This did not mean that Hannah stopped loving her son; indeed, we read that each year Hannah and Elkanah journeyed to Shiloh to visit Samuel and bring him a new coat. Young children were often apprenticed to learn various careers. Samuel was groomed to replace Eli since Eli’s own sons were spoiled, unruly young men. It would have been a great honor for a young boy to serve in the tabernacle with the priest. And we also read that God blessed Hannah and Elkanah with three more sons and two daughters. God is able to answer our prayers in greater ways than we can imagine!

Relation to baptism
There are similarities between our United Methodist practice of infant baptism and Samuel’s dedication to the Lord. In both instances, the parents promise to bring their children up to know and love the Lord. In our Baptismal Covenant, parents promise to nurture their children “in Christ’s holy church, that by (their) teaching and example they may be guided to accept God’s grace for themselves, to profess their faith openly, and to lead a Christian life.” The congregation also promises to “do all in your power to increase their faith, confirm their hope and perfect them in love.” Samuel’s upbringing with Eli would have surrounded him in the ways of God and groomed him for God’s service.

God calls Samuel
One night Samuel heard a voice calling out to him. Thinking it was Eli, he went and woke the old priest. After the third time, Eli finally realized that Samuel was hearing the voice of God and instructed him to say, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” Samuel obeyed and God relayed his message. God told Samuel that Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood because of their evil ways. They regularly violated the regulations of the Law regarding the sacrifices. They were violent, dishonest and adulterous. While Eli rebuked his sons, he was unwilling to take the discipline further and continued to allow them to serve as priests. Because of this Eli’s sons would lose their positions. Instead, God called Samuel to serve him in a mighty way as a prophet and leader of Israel. Samuel would be the one who would take over after Eli’s death. God continued to lead the Israelites through Samuel for many years.

God calls us
Too often, adults brush children aside. Children are not expected to fully participate in worship or to understand matters of faith. This story makes clear that God speaks to willing hearts – young or old. Children as well as adults are called by God to serve. What are ways our children can listen to and serve God?

How do we hear God’s voice today? Sometimes God still speaks in an audible voice. But we also hear God’s voice through prayer, by listening or reading the Bible, through worship, by listening to sermons or Sunday school teachers, through Christian friends and parents. Children need to know that God speaks to us very clearly through His Word, the Bible. How do we show God that we are listening to him? By taking time to be still and seeking God’s voice, by talking to God and by doing what God says to do. As we grow in faith, God’s voice becomes more clear in our lives.

Discussion Questions

  • Why was Hannah upset? (she did not have any children)
  • Why did Hannah and Elkanah visit the tabernacle each year? (required by law, to make a sacrifice so that they could be forgiven for their sins – contrast this with how we are forgiven through Jesus!)
  • What happened when Hannah and Elkanah went to the tabernacle? (she prayed to God to give her a son)
  • How did Hannah feel after she prayed? (she felt a sense of peace, was no longer troubled)
  • How was Hannah’s prayer answered? (she had a son, Samuel)
  • Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)
  • Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know about us and share our joys and concerns with God)
  • Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God)
  • How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (made him a new coat and brought it to him every year)
  • Grades 4-5: Contrast Hannah’s Prayer of Thanksgiving with Mary’s Magnificat in Luke 1:46-55.
  • What was the job of the priest? (to prepare the sacrifices, to keep the lamp burning, to take care of the tabernacle)
  • How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God?
  • Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  • What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  • How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  • How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)

Sources:

  • New Invitation Bible Studies, Summer 1990, Fall 1995, Graded Press; Bible Zone #6 “Hannah and Samuel” Abingdon Press, 1998; Bible Teacher’s Commentary, Lawrence O. Richards, Cook Communications, 2002; United Methodist Hymnal, United Methodist Publishing House, Nashville, Tennessee, 1989.

 

A lesson set from State Street UMC
Bristol, VA

This lesson created and copyrighted by State Street UMC, Bristol, VA, 2005. Permission granted for non-commercial, local church use, provided credit is give to the source.

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Samuel 

Video Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Children will watch the video “Samuel” and explore Samuel’s faithful service to God.

Scripture References:

I Samuel 1-3, “The Story of Samuel” Little Kids’ Adventure Bible, pages 109-113.


Important Note for Video Workshop Leaders:
Children love this workshop! Often the video is a direct correlation with the Bible story and creates a concrete, visual image in the children’s minds. They refer to this image over and over throughout the rotation as they visit other workshops. Some videos may take some liberties with the story-you may need to point out these discrepancies. As much as possible sit down with the children and watch the video together. Feel free to pause the video to discuss something that you especially want them to note. Please ensure that the children treat the room with respect-no standing, jumping or otherwise abusing the seats.

Please start on time!

Time Guidelines:

  • Welcome/Introduction 5 minutes
  • Introduction of story 5 minutes
  • Video-Samuel 25 minutes
  • Discussion Questions/Bible Notes 10 minutes
  • Journal 5 minutes

 

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Read the Background information, Teaching Tips and Lesson.
  • Preview the video prior to class time.
  • Gather the materials

Materials List:

  • Video: Samuel
    (The Animated Stories from the Bible, Nest Entertainment)
    Video running time-25 minutes
  • Popcorn


 

Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Introduction:
Have the children sit in the theatre seats. Welcome the children and introduce yourself and the shepherd. Please make sure you are wearing your nametag and the children have picked up their nametags

Opening Prayer: (You may pray your own prayer or pray the following)
Dear Jesus, Thank you for giving us this time to learn about you. Guide us to be a faithful servant to you and to show others our love for you through all we say and do. Amen

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Introduce the Story:
Samuel’s mother had prayed for a son. God answered her prayers and gave her a little boy she named Samuel. The name Samuel means “name of God” or “asked of God”. Hannah, Samuel’s mother, remembered her promise to God. She loved her son very much, but kept her promise to give her son to be raised by the priest Eli as a special religious leader, a Nazirite. Let’s watch how Samuel learns about God while living with Eli and how Eli also learns from Samuel.

Start the movie and hand out the popcorn and a drink.

Once the movie is finished, have the children throw away their trash and move to the table for Bible discussion.

Important Teacher Notes:
Each workshop includes the Bible story. One of our primary goals is to improve the children’s Bible literacy! If children did not bring their Bibles from home, use the classroom Bibles. Shepherds should help the children locate the stories. Use the handout “Helping Children Learn to Use their Bibles” and the Background Information to help you introduce the story.

If you are teaching at the 11:00 session, and the majority of your children attended the earlier session, modify the Bible study part of the lesson. Have the children locate the various scriptures, but do not read them all again. Paraphrase or have the children tell you the story.

Remember that as the rotation progresses; the children will become more familiar with the story. When this happens, allow the children to tell you what they know. The children should still locate the story in their Bibles every week. Use the bold headings in their Bibles to guide your discussion. You may want to review some of the Bible notes as well. Be sure to fill in any missing information and add additional details using the Background Information to help you. One of the greatest advantages of this model is that children who come regularly learn the story in great depth.

Each lesson contains more Background Information and discussion questions than can be used in one session. Remember, children are studying this story for four weeks! Be sure to follow the time guidelines and leave ample time for the activity.

Bible Study: Grades K-3
Samuel lived many years before Jesus was born during the time in Israel’s history known as the time of the judges. After the Israelites came into the promised land, they needed help setting up their communities. Judges were religious leaders in the community who helped the people follow God. Samuel was the last and greatest judge in Israel.

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. Help the children locate the “Story of Samuel” “in the Little Kids’ Adventure Bible, pages 109-113. This story is too long to be read in its entirety. Paraphrase the story or use the attached excerpt from the Children’s Illustrated Bible to review the main points.

Have children locate and review the following Bible notes:

Little Kids’ Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 109
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 110
Did you Know? How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 112

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review with the children at this time. Have children with Bible bookmarks place their red ribbon bookmark here. Children with their own Bibles should highlight the verse with the Bible highlighters. Please do not mark in the classroom Bibles.
“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Bible Study: Grades 4-5
After the Israelites left the wilderness and entered the Promised Land, they settled into a new way of life. The tabernacle was now a permanent structure and kept in a town called Shiloh. The Israelites came regularly to worship there. The Israelite people were governed by a series of leaders called judges. Judges were moral people who were very close to God. They helped the people understand God’s laws and how to behave in a way pleasing to God. Samuel was the last and greatest of Israel’s judges.

This period in Israel’s history happened many years before Jesus was born. Where would we find the story of Samuel in the Bible? (Old Testament) Samuel’s story is found in the book of I and II Samuel. These are books of history. Let’s find the story in our Bibles now.

Help the children locate I Samuel 1 in their Bibles. Children with Bible bookmarks can use their yellow ribbon bookmark to locate the books of history and move forward from there. This story is too long to be read in its entirety. Use the bold headings to paraphrase the scripture for them.

Read and discuss the following Bible notes:

NiRV Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 319
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 318
Did you Know? What was Eli’s sin? Page 320
How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 321

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review with the children at this time. Have children with their own Bibles highlight the verse with the Bible highlighters.
“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Discussion Questions:

  • Why was Hannah upset? (she did not have any children)
  • Why did Hannah and Elkanah visit the tabernacle each year? (required by law, to make a sacrifice so that they could be forgiven for their sins – contrast this with how we are forgiven through Jesus!)
  • What happened when Hannah and Elkanah went to the tabernacle? (she prayed to God to give her a son)
  • How did Hannah feel after she prayed? (she felt a sense of peace, was no longer troubled)
  • How was Hannah’s prayer answered? (she had a son, Samuel)
  • Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)
  • Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know about us and share our joys and concerns with God)
  • Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God)
  • How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (made him a new coat and brought it to him every year)
  • What was the job of the priest? (to prepare the sacrifices, to keep the lamp burning, to take care of the tabernacle)
  • How did Eli help Samuel grow to love and serve God?
  • How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God? 
  • Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  • What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  • How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  • How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)


Reflection and Journal Time:

The last ten minutes should be reserved for Journal Reflection Time. This is an opportunity for processing and reflection about what children have learned. Ask the shepherds to pass out the journals, pencils, and the journal question for the day. Workshop leaders and shepherds should sit down with the children in small groups to facilitate discussion and writing in Faith Journals. Memory verse stickers are also included for each session. Children may also copy the memory verse and illustrate. Journal Stickers are color coded for each age level – purple (grades K-1, red (grades 2-3) and blue (grades 4-5). Please be sure to use the correct stickers.

Journal Question:

Grades K-1: Draw a picture of Samuel serving God in the tabernacle.
Grades 2-5: What did Samuel do to serve God? What can you do to serve God and show God you love him?

 

Closing:

Closing Prayer: Gather the children together. Review with them one word or concept that they learned in today’s lesson. (faithfulness, love, giving, service, listening, prayer, worship) Encourage the children to attend again next Sunday for another workshop. Ask them to invite a friend, especially one who does not belong to a church. Remind children to bring their Bibles. Ask for prayer requests and pray together.

Clean-Up: Have the children throw away their popcorn bags and cups if they have not done so already. Clean out popcorn machine and sweep up any stray kernels. Put away Bibles, paper, pencils, videos, etc. Bag up trash and place outside the classroom door. Replace trashcan liner (extras are found in the hallway supply closet).

REMIND CHILDREN TO BRING BABY ITEMS FOR OUR BABY SHOWER MISSION PROJECT!

Release children only to parents or by prior permission of parents. Make sure parents sign their children out on the classroom clipboards.

After your rotation is completed, please:

  1. Remember to return all supplies to the storage areas in the classroom or the supply closet in the hallway. Please help us keep our rooms neat!
  2. Please bag up trash and place outside the classroom door. Replace the trashcan liner – extras are found in the hallway storage closet.
  3. Fill out your evaluation form and return! We use these to improve our lessons, so please take the time to do this!
  4. Return un-used journal questions and lesson materials (you may leave them in the classroom).
  5. Fill out the reimbursement form, attach receipts and turn in to the office. Mark all receipts “Sunday school supplies.”
  6. Thanks for being part of our G.R.E.A.T. Adventure Team!
  7. Let us know if you would like to teach again.

 

A lesson written by Jaymie Derden from: State Street UMC

Bristol, VA

 

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Samuel 

Mission Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will compile the items collected for our Baby Shower Mission Project and create gift tags to go with gifts.

For scripture and objectives, see above.


Preparation and Room Set Up:

  • Review the Background Information, Behavioral Covenant, Teaching Tips and Lesson plan.
  • Gather all the baskets of collections together.
  • Preview the Rotation Music CD. Play the music as children arrive and during journaling.
  • If possible, invite the director of the Teen Store to come toward the end of class time to receive the collected Baby Shower items.

Materials List:

  • Bags/baskets for sorting collections
  • Colored paper
  • Markers
  • Stickers


Please start on time!

Time Guidelines:

  • Welcome and Introductions 10 minutes
  • Bible Study 10 minutes
  • Mission Project 30 minutes
  • Reflection/Closing 10 minutes


Presentation

Opening-Welcome/Introduction:

Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Make sure everyone is wearing a nametag. Please include the shepherd in introductions. Give the children a simple one or two-sentence synopsis of the day’s activity.

Prayer: Please begin your class with prayer each week. Pray your own or use the prayer printed below.
Dear God, Thank you for this day and for everyone who is here today. Be with us now as we learn about a young boy who listened to you and became a great prophet. AMEN.

Important Teacher Notes:
Each workshop includes the Bible story. One of our primary goals is to improve the children’s Bible literacy! If children did not bring their Bibles from home, use the classroom Bibles. Shepherds should help the children locate the stories. Use the handout “Helping Children Learn to Use their Bibles” and the Background Information to help you introduce the story.

Remember that as the rotation progresses; the children will become more familiar with the story. When this happens, allow the children to tell you what they know. The children should still locate the story in their Bibles every week. Use the bold headings in their Bibles to guide your discussion. You may want to review some of the Bible notes as well. Be sure to fill in any missing information and add additional details using the Background Information to help you. One of the greatest advantages of this model is that children who come regularly learn the story in great depth.

Each lesson contains more Background Information and discussion questions than can be used in one session. Remember, children are studying this story for four weeks! Be sure to follow the time guidelines and leave ample time for the activity.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Bible Study: Grades K-3
Many, many years before Jesus was born and after the people of Israel settled into the Promised Land, the people were led by important religious leaders called judges. Judges were very strong, moral religious leaders who helped the people understand God’s messages. One of the greatest judges during this time was Samuel. This is his story…

Where would we find a story that took place before Jesus was born? (Old Testament)
Help the children locate “The story of Samuel” on page 109-113 in the Little Kids’ Adventure Bible. Children with Bible bookmarks can use their blue ribbon bookmark to locate the Old Testament and move forward from there. The story is too long to be read in its entirety. Use the excerpt from the Children’s Illustrated Bible or paraphrase the story from their Bible.
Help the children locate and review the following Bible notes:

Little Kids’ Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 109
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 110
Did you Know? How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 112

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review with the children at this time. Have children with Bible bookmarks place their red ribbon bookmark here. Children with their own Bibles should highlight the verse with the Bible highlighters. Please do not mark in the classroom Bibles.
“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Reflect:

  • What did Hannah pray for? (to have a child)
  • Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)
  • Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know about us and share our joys and concerns with God)
  • Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God)
  • Compare Hannah’s dedication of Samuel to God to the promises we make to children at baptism – to help them grow in faith and to help them become strong Christians.
  • How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God?
  • How does our church help you grow to love and serve God?
  • How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (made him a new coat and brought it to him every year)
  • Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  • What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  • How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  • How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)


Bible Study: Grades 4-5
After the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years, they approached the Promised Land. Here Moses died. The people came into the Promised Land and settled into a new way of life. The tabernacle that had been their portable worship tent, was now a permanent structure and kept in a town called Shiloh. The Israelites came regularly to worship there. The Israelite people were governed by a series of leaders called judges. Judges were very religious and moral people who were very close to God. They helped the people understand God’s laws and how to behave in a way pleasing to God. Samuel was the last and greatest of Israel’s judges. This is his story…

This period in Israel’s history happened many years before Jesus was born. Where would we find the story of Samuel in the Bible? (Old Testament)
Samuel’s story is found in the book of I and II Samuel. These are books of history. Let’s find the story in our Bibles now.
Help the children locate I Samuel 1 in their Bibles. Children with Bible bookmarks can use their yellow ribbon bookmark to locate the books of history and move forward from there. This story is too long to be read in its entirety. Use the bold headings to help you paraphrase the scripture for them.

Read and discuss the following Bible notes:
NiRV Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 319
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 318
Did you Know? What was Eli’s sin? Page 320
How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 321

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review with the children at this time. Have children with their own Bibles highlight the verse with the Bible highlighters.
“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Discussion Questions:

  • What did Hannah pray for? (a child)
  • Why did Hannah and Elkanah visit the tabernacle each year? (required by law, to make a sacrifice so that they could be forgiven for their sins – contrast this with how we are forgiven through Jesus!)
  • How did Hannah feel after she prayed? (she felt a sense of peace, was no longer troubled)
  • How was Hannah’s prayer answered? (she had a son, Samuel)
  • Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God, to dedicate him to God)
  • How is this like the promises we make when a child is baptized in our church? (see the Baptismal covenant from the United Methodist Hymnal attached to this lesson)
  • How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God? How does our church support you and you’re you grow to love and serve God?
  • How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (made him a new coat and brought it to him every year)

Look up I Samuel 2:1-10 (Hannah’s prayer of thanksgiving). Look up Luke 1:46-55. Who is praying here? (Mary) Mary’s prayer is very similar to Hannah’s prayer. Mary would have heard stories of Hannah and would have known about her prayer.

Baby Shower Mission Activity:
Children will sort all the collected items and place in baskets/bags. Children will make cards to send with the items.

Directions:

  1. Have children sort through all the collected items and group like items together.
  2. Place the items in bags or baskets.
  3. Have children make cards to send with the items. They may use stickers to decorate their cards.

Reflection/Journal Time:
The last 10 minutes should be reserved for Journal and Reflection time. This is an opportunity for processing and reflection about what the children have learned. Ask the shepherds to pass out the journals and pencils/pens and the journal sticker for the day. (Note: Journal questions are color-coded for each age group – purple for K-1, red for 2-3 and blue for 4-5.) Workshop leaders and shepherds should sit down with children in small groups to facilitate discussion and writing in Faith Journals. Memory verse stickers are also included for each lesson. Children may also copy the memory verse and illustrate.

Journal Questions:
Grades K-1: Draw a picture of the parents and baby who get our gift. How do they feel?
Grades 2-5: We can serve God by helping others. Write down some other ways you can help someone and promise to do that this week.

Closing:

Closing prayer: Gather the children together in a circle. Review with them one word or concept that they learned during today’s session. (listen, serve, help, pray are some suggestions) Encourage them to come back next week and to bring a friend, especially a friend who does not have a church home. Remind them to bring their Bibles. Ask for prayer requests and close with prayer. Perhaps one of the children would like to pray? Or ask the children to pray out loud or silently one at a time. Have them say “Amen” when they are finished so the next child can pray.

REMIND THE CHILDREN TO BRING BABY SHOWER ITEMS TO CHURCH THIS MONTH AND PLACE IN THE COLLECTION BASKETS IN THE HALLWAY!

Clean-up: Encourage the children to help you clean up.

Release children only to parents or by prior permission of parents after signing out on class clipboards.

After your rotation is completed, please:

  1. Remember to return all supplies to the storage areas in the classroom or the supply closet in the hallway. Please help us keep our rooms neat!
  2. Please bag up trash and place outside the classroom door. Replace the trashcan liner – extras are found in the hallway storage closet.
  3. Fill out your evaluation form and return! We use these to improve our lessons, so please take the time to do this!
  4. Return un-used journal questions and lesson materials (you may leave them in the classroom).
  5. Fill out the reimbursement form, attach receipts and turn in to the office.
  6.  Thanks for being part of our G.R.E.A.T. Adventure Team!
  7. Let us know if you would like to teach again!

A lesson written by Jaymie Derden from: State Street UMC
Bristol, VA

 A representative of Rotation.org reformatted this post to improve readability.

Samuel

Games Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will play listening games to learn about the importance of being a good listener. They will discuss ways to “hear God’s voice.”

Important Note for Games/Bible Skills Workshop Leaders:
The purpose of the games workshop is two-fold: to develop Bible skills and to reinforce that knowledge by having fun with games. The games are not frills and fluff! Playing games helps to cement the knowledge and reinforce the skills you introduce during the Bible lesson. Children learn best when actively involve, so please do not skimp on the games portion of the lesson! Follow the time guidelines to help you stay on track. Remember – in the Rotation model, children study ONE lesson or story for 4 weeks, so it is not necessary to cover every detail in each session.


Preparation and Room Set-Up:

  • Review background information, teaching tips and lesson materials.
  • Gather necessary supplies.
  • Prepare the game materials – see below
  • Review the Music CD. Plan to play the music as the children arrive, play games and during journal time.

Advanced Preparation:

  • Before children arrive, cut out the felt shapes for the “Are You Listening?” game for grades K-1.
  • Obtain the large flannel board from the Drama room.
  • Photocopy the pages needed for the 2-5 grade games. 


Please start on time!

Time Guidelines:

  • Welcome and Introductions 10 minutes
  • Bible Study 15 minutes
  • Games 20 minutes
  • Reflection/Closing 5 minutes

Materials List:

  • Maze handout from Games Children Should Play book or any other simple maze (simple version for K-1 grades and more advanced version for 2-5 grades)
  • Pencils
  • Flannel Board
  •  Felt (6 - 9X12 inch pieces will make 6 sets)
  •  Plain construction paper or copy paper – 1 per child
  •  Patterns for six geometric shapes (circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle and star) – see attached
  • Copy paper with a large oval drawn in the center – see attached sheet
  • Flip chart or blackboard


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome/Introduction:

Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Make sure everyone is wearing a nametag. Please include the shepherd in introductions. Give the children a simple one or two-sentence synopsis of what you will be doing during the workshop. As children arrive, distribute a copy of the maze handout. Once 2 or 3 children have arrived, begin the introductory “A-Maze-ing Listeners” activity below.

A-Maze-ing Listeners!
(Adapted from Games Children Should Play, Mary K. Cihak and Barbara J. Heron, Goodyear Publishing, Co., 1980)

Supplies:

  • Maze handout from Games Children Should Play book or any other simple maze (simple version for K-1 grades and more advanced version for 2-5 grades)
  • Pencils


Advanced Preparations:

  1. Copy the maze handout.
  2. On the teacher copy, trace out a pathway through the maze.


Directions:
Today’s story is about a little boy in the Bible who was a great listener. Even as a little boy he listened to God’s voice and followed God. Later he grew up to be a great leader and prophet. Let’s play a game to see how good our listening skills are.

  1. Hand out one maze sheet and a pencil to each child.
  2. Slowly and clearly instruct the children to begin at the mouse and trace the path you have drawn out on your maze through your verbal instructions only. Point out the words on the maze that indicate right and left.
  3. At the end of the path, have them draw cheese.
  4. Compare their mazes with yours.
  5. How well did they listen?


Prayer: Please begin your class with prayer each week. Pray your own or use the prayer printed below.
Dear God, Thank you for this day and for all who are here today. Be with us now as we learn more about your great love for us. Give us open hearts and open minds as we learn and play together. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Important Teacher Notes:
Each workshop includes the Bible story. One of our primary goals is to improve the children’s Bible literacy! If children did not bring their Bibles from home, use the classroom Bibles. Shepherds should help the children locate the stories. Use the handout “Helping Children Learn to Use their Bibles” and the Background Information to help you introduce the story.

Remember that as the rotation progresses; the children will become more familiar with the story. When this happens, allow the children to tell you what they know. The children should still locate the story in their Bibles every week. Use the bold headings in their Bibles to guide your discussion. You may want to review some of the Bible notes as well. Be sure to fill in any missing information and add additional details using the Background Information to help you. One of the greatest advantages of this model is that children who come regularly learn the story in great depth.

Each lesson contains more Background Information and discussion questions than can be used in one session. Remember, children are studying this story for four weeks! Be sure to follow the time guidelines and leave ample time for the activity.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Bible Study: Grades K-3
Introduce the Story.
Many years before Jesus was born, Moses led the Israelite people out of Egypt and through the desert. Then Moses died and the people needed someone to lead them and to help them after they came into the Promised Land. Judges became the new leaders for Israel. Judges were religious leaders in the community who helped the people follow God. Samuel was the last and greatest judge in Israel. This is his story.

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. Help the children locate the “The Story of Samuel” in the Little Kids’ Adventure Bible, pages 109-113. Tell the story using the attached excerpt from the Children’s Illustrated Bible. Read and have the children look at the illustrations.

Help the children locate and review the following Bible notes:

Little Kids’ Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 109
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 110
Did you Know? How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 112

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review with the children at this time. Have children with Bible bookmarks place their red ribbon bookmark here. Children with their own Bibles should highlight the verse with the Bible highlighters. Please do not mark in the classroom Bibles.
“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9


Reflect:

  • What did Hannah pray for? (to have a child)
  • Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)
  • Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know about us and share our joys and concerns with God)
  • Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God)
  • How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (made him a new coat and brought it to him every year)
  • What was the job of the priest? (to prepare the sacrifices, to keep the lamp burning, to take care of the tabernacle)
  • How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God?
  • Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  • What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  • How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  • How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)


Bible Study: Grades 4-5
After the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years, they approached the Promised Land. Here Moses died. The people came into the Promised Land and settled into a new way of life. The tabernacle that had been their portable worship tent, was now a permanent structure and kept in a town called Shiloh (point this out on the wall map). The Israelites came regularly to worship there. The Israelite people were governed by a series of leaders called judges. Judges were very religious and moral people who were very close to God. They helped the people understand God’s laws and how to behave in a way pleasing to God. Samuel was the last and greatest of Israel’s judges. This is his story…

This period in Israel’s history happened many years before Jesus was born. Where would we find the story of Samuel in the Bible? (Old Testament) Samuel’s story is found in the book of I and II Samuel. These are books of history. Let’s find the story in our Bibles now. Help the children locate I Samuel 1 in their Bibles. Children with Bible bookmarks can use their yellow ribbon bookmark to locate the books of history and move forward from there. This story is too long to be read in its entirety. Use the bold headings to help you paraphrase the scripture for them.

Read and discuss the following Bible notes:

NiRV Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 319
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 318
Did you Know? What was Eli’s sin? Page 320
How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 321

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review with the children at this time. Have children with their own Bibles highlight the verse with the Bible highlighters.
“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Discussion Questions:

  • What did Hannah pray for? (a child)
  • Why did Hannah and Elkanah visit the tabernacle each year? (required by law, to make a sacrifice so that they could be forgiven for their sins – contrast this with how we are forgiven through Jesus!)
  • How did Hannah feel after she prayed? (she felt a sense of peace, was no longer troubled)
  • How was Hannah’s prayer answered? (she had a son, Samuel)
  • Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)
  • Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know about us and share our joys and concerns with God)
  • Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God)
  • How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (made him a new coat and brought it to him every year)

Grades 4-5: Contrast Hannah’s Prayer of Thanksgiving with Mary’s Magnificat in Luke 1:46-55.

  • What was the job of the priest? (to prepare the sacrifices, to keep the lamp burning, to take care of the tabernacle)
  • How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God?
  • Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  • What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  • How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  • How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)

Are You Listening? – Grades K-1
(Adapted from Games Children Should Play, Mary K. Cihak and Barbara J. Heron, Goodyear Publishing Co., 1980)

Supplies:

  • Flannel Board
  • Felt (6 - 9X12 inch pieces will make 6 sets)
  • Plain construction paper or copy paper – 1 per child
  • Patterns for six geometric shapes (circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle and star) – see attached

Advanced Preparations:
Cut out the geometric shapes from the felt so that six shapes come from each sheet of felt.

Directions:

  1. Divide the children into groups with several children in each group.
  2. Hand out the four sets of geometric shapes, one set per group of children. Keep one set of geometric shapes for the leader.
  3. Have each group of children arrange the shapes on their piece of paper. Shapes may be separate or overlapping. Instruct groups to keep their designs hidden from other groups.
  4. Choose one group’s design to describe. Have another group go to the flannel board.
  5. Slowly and clearly, instruct the group at the flannel board to recreate the design.
  6. When they are done, compare the two designs. How well did they listen?
  7. Choose another group’s design and repeat, having another group do the arranging at the flannel board.
  8.  Repeat with the other groups.


Option: Give a set of geometric shapes to each pair of children and have them take turns giving directions and listening to directions.

Are You Listening? - Grades 2-5
(Adapted from Games Children Should Play, Mary K. Cihak and Barbara J. Heron, Goodyear Publishing Co., 1980)

This is a modification of a classic communication game. Because our focus is on listening (rather than speaking), the game has been modified so that the teacher gives the instructions at first. Be sure the instructions are simple and clear. We can’t expect children to follow fuzzy directions!

Supplies:

  • Copy paper with a large oval drawn in the center – see attached sheet
  • Pencils or markers
  • Flip chart or blackboard


Advanced Preparations:

  • Copy the handouts – one per child (make additional copies if you want to include the Option at the end of the activity)


Directions:

  1. Give each child one handout with a blank oval on it.
  2. Have children draw a face on the oval without looking at one another’s work.
  3. Invite one child to come to the blackboard or flip chart.
  4. Choose a face that was drawn by another child and clearly and slowly give instructions on how to draw the face.
  5. Compare the original face with the face that was copied. How well did they listen?
  6. Repeat with several other faces.


Option for 4-5 Graders: If time allows, you may want to follow up the teacher-led instructions by allowing the children to give instructions. Divide them into pairs and have them to take turns giving instructions and drawing. Then switch. Compare the drawings. Typically, the drawings are quite different. Follow up with a discussion about whose directions can be trusted. God always gives us good instructions. His guidance can always be trusted!


Reflection after Activity (all grades):

  • What makes a good listener? (looking at the person speaking, not talking to other people, paying attention and thinking about what the speaker is saying, asking questions if you don’t understand, not interrupting the speaker)
  • Why is it important to be a good listener? (to help us understand things, to keep us from doing wrong things, to keep us safe, to get along well with others)
  • What makes it difficult to listen? (distractions, other people talking or moving, TV, music, not paying attention, thinking about other things, being too busy, etc.)
  • In this story to whom did Samuel listen? (Eli and God)
  • To whom should we listen? (parents, teachers, God)
  • How can we listen to God? (through prayer, through reading our Bibles, through worship, listening to sermons, coming to Sunday school, listening to parents who love us and want to keep us safe, listening to teachers and Christian friends who want what is best for us) 


Samuel was a little boy, but already he knew how to listen to God. Later Samuel grew up to be one of the greatest judges and prophets in all Israel. God wants us to listen to him and to follow him. When we listen to God, we learn more about God and how to be the kind of person God wants us to be.

Like everything we do, the more we practice, the better we get. How can we practice listening to God? (having a quiet time for 5-15 minutes, having times of silence while we pray, paying attention to what the Bible says when we read it, listening in church, reading a devotional book, repeating a scripture verse silently to ourselves over and over, etc.). As children name the ways to practice listening to God, list them on the flip chart or white board.


Let’s think about which of these things we can do this month as we study about Samuel.

Have children choose a listening activity to do this month and write it down on their maze handout. If time allows, have them write down the memory verse on their maze sheet also.

Reflection/Journal Time:
The last 10 minutes should be reserved for Journal and Reflection time. This is an opportunity for processing and reflection about what the children have learned. Ask the shepherds to pass out the journals and pencils/pens and the journal sticker for the day. (Note: Journal questions are color-coded for each age group – purple for K-3 and blue for 4-5.) Workshop leaders and shepherds should sit down with children in small groups to facilitate discussion and writing in Faith Journals. Memory verse stickers are also included for each lesson. Children may also copy the memory verse and illustrate.

Journal Questions:
Have children share their listening to God ideas as discussed above. If time allows, have them write in their journals the activity they have chosen. K-1 graders may simply draw a picture showing what they will do.

 

Closing:

Clean-up: Encourage the children to help clean up. Put away all game supplies.

Closing prayer: Gather the children together. Review with them one word or concept that they learned during today’s session. (listening, paying attention, prayer, worship are some suggestions) Encourage them to come back next week and to bring a friend, especially a friend who does not have a church home. Remind them to bring their Bibles. Ask for prayer requests and close with prayer.

Remind children to bring items for our Baby Shower Mission Project!

Release children only to parents or by prior permission of parents after signing out on class clipboards.

After your rotation is completed, please:

  • Remember to return all supplies to the storage areas in the classroom or the supply closet in the hallway. Please help us keep our rooms neat!
  • Please bag up trash and place outside the classroom door. Replace the trashcan liner – extras are found in the hallway storage closet.
  • Fill out your evaluation form and return! We use these to improve our lessons, so please take the time to do this!
  • Return un-used journal questions and lesson materials (you may leave them in the classroom).
  • Fill out the reimbursement form, attach receipts and turn in to the office.
  • Thanks for being part of our G.R.E.A.T. Adventure Team!
  • Let us know if you would like to teach again!

A lesson written by Jaymie Derden from: State Street UMC

Bristol, VA

 

A representative of Rotation.org reformatted this post to improve readability.

 

 

Samuel

Drama Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will explore the story through Frozen Statue dramas of the different characters.

 

For scripture and objectives, see above.


Preparation and Room Set Up:

  • Review the Background Information, Behavioral Covenant, Teaching Tips and Lesson plan.
  • Prepare the Character and Situation slips.
  • Preview the Rotation Music CD. Play the music as children arrive and during journaling.


General Tips for Drama Facilitators

  • You may wish to organize costumes or puppets ahead of time to cut down on a flurry of activity and possible hurt feelings. Have props ready ahead of time. This is especially important for the younger children. The older children often are very creative with props and costumes.
  • You will want to limit the amount of time the children are allowed to dress-up. (They can easily spend the entire class time selecting costumes!)
  • Be sure that all children are involved in some way. Some children are intimidated by the prospect of being on a stage. Offer them alternative roles as well as the children who do not have main parts. They can always be “sound effects” or “crowds” or stagehands to help change scenery, or video camera operators (for the older children). Remember as well that children can draw the backdrop for the drama on the blackboard or videotape the plays (older children).
  • To eliminate competition, you may wish to place the names of characters in a hat and have children choose their parts.
  •  Be sure to explain the activity to the children and ask for questions.
  • Even though videotaping the activities may seem unnecessary, videotaping seems to encourage better behavior from the children.
  •  Have fun and make this fun for the children!
  •  The purpose of the drama workshop is not to create a polished performance. Through the activity, children will explore the story in depth. Feel free to pause and discuss details as they arise, add more information (using the Background information and resources) and answer questions along the way. 


Please start on time!

Time Guidelines:

  • Welcome and Introductions 10 minutes
  • Bible Study 10 minutes
  • Walking on Water Drama 30 minutes
  • Reflection/Closing 10 minutes

Supplies List:

  • Basket
  • Character/Situation slips


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introductions:
Early Arrival Activity: Have children write “The Story of Samuel” on the blackboard.

Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Make sure everyone is wearing a nametag. Please include the shepherd in introductions. Give the children a simple one or two-sentence synopsis of the day’s activity.

Prayer: Please begin your class with prayer each week. Pray your own or use the prayer printed below.
Dear God, Thank you for this day and for everyone who is here today. Be with us now as we learn about a young boy who listened to you and became a great prophet. AMEN.

Important Teacher Notes:
Each workshop includes the Bible story. One of our primary goals is to improve the children’s Bible literacy! If children did not bring their Bibles from home, use the classroom Bibles. Shepherds should help the children locate the stories. Use the handout “Helping Children Learn to Use their Bibles” and the Background Information to help you introduce the story.

Remember that as the rotation progresses; the children will become more familiar with the story. When this happens, allow the children to tell you what they know. The children should still locate the story in their Bibles every week. Use the bold headings in their Bibles to guide your discussion. You may want to review some of the Bible notes as well. Be sure to fill in any missing information and add additional details using the Background Information to help you. One of the greatest advantages of this model is that children who come regularly learn the story in great depth.

Each lesson contains more Background Information and discussion questions than can be used in one session. Remember, children are studying this story for four weeks! Be sure to follow the time guidelines and leave ample time for the activity.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


Bible Study: Grades K-3
Many, many years before Jesus was born and after the people of Israel settled into the Promised Land, they were led by important religious leaders called judges. Judges were very strong, moral religious leaders who helped the people understand God’s messages. One of the greatest judges during this time was Samuel. This is his story…

Where would we find a story that took place before Jesus was born? (Old Testament)
Help the children locate “The story of Samuel” on page 109-113 in the Little Kids’ Adventure Bible. Children with Bible bookmarks can use their blue ribbon bookmark to locate the Old Testament and move forward from there. The story is too long to be read in its entirety. Use the excerpt from the Children’s Illustrated Bible or paraphrase the story from their Bible.
Help the children locate and review the following Bible notes:

Little Kids’ Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 109
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 110
Did you Know? How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 112

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review with the children at this time. Have children with Bible bookmarks place their red ribbon bookmark here. Children with their own Bibles should highlight the verse with the Bible highlighters. Please do not mark in the classroom Bibles.
“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Reflect:

  • What did Hannah pray for? (to have a child)
  • Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)
  • Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know about us and share our joys and concerns with God)
  • Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God)

Compare Hannah’s dedication of Samuel to God to the promises we make to children at baptism – to help them grow in faith and to help them become strong Christians.

  • How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God?
  • How does our church help you grow to love and serve God?
  • How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (made him a new coat and brought it to him every year)
  • Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  • What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  • How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  • How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)


Bible Study: Grades 4-5
After the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years, they approached the Promised Land. Here Moses died. The people came into the Promised Land and settled into a new way of life. The tabernacle that had been their portable worship tent, was now a permanent structure and kept in a town called Shiloh. The Israelites came regularly to worship there. The Israelite people were governed by a series of leaders called judges. Judges were very religious and moral people who were very close to God. They helped the people understand God’s laws and how to behave in a way pleasing to God. Samuel was the last and greatest of Israel’s judges. This is his story…

This period in Israel’s history happened many years before Jesus was born. Where would we find the story of Samuel in the Bible? (Old Testament)
Samuel’s story is found in the book of I and II Samuel. These are books of history. Let’s find the story in our Bibles now.
Help the children locate I Samuel 1 in their Bibles. Children with Bible bookmarks can use their yellow ribbon bookmark to locate the books of history and move forward from there. This story is too long to be read in its entirety. Use the bold headings to help you paraphrase the scripture for them.

Read and discuss the following Bible notes:
NiRV Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 319
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 318
Did you Know? What was Eli’s sin? Page 320
How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 321

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review with the children at this time. Have children with their own Bibles highlight the verse with the Bible highlighters.
“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Discussion Questions:

  • What did Hannah pray for? (a child)
  • Why did Hannah and Elkanah visit the tabernacle each year? (required by law, to make a sacrifice so that they could be forgiven for their sins – contrast this with how we are forgiven through Jesus!)
  • How did Hannah feel after she prayed? (she felt a sense of peace, was no longer troubled)
  • How was Hannah’s prayer answered? (she had a son, Samuel)
  • Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God, to dedicate him to God)
  • How is this like the promises we make when a child is baptized in our church? (see the Baptismal covenant from the United Methodist Hymnal attached to this lesson)
  • How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God? How does our church support you and you’re you grow to love and serve God?
  • How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (made him a new coat and brought it to him every year)

Look up I Samuel 2:1-10 (Hannah’s prayer of thanksgiving). Look up Luke 1:46-55. Who is praying here? (Mary) Mary’s prayer is very similar to Hannah’s prayer. Mary would have heard stories of Hannah and would have known about her prayer.

Frozen Statues: The Story of Samuel
Using the dramatic technique of frozen statues, children will explore the various characters in the story.
(Idea adapted from Act it Out, Randy L. Ritz, Standard Publishing Company, 1999)

Characters/Situations

  1. Hannah is upset because she doesn’t have a child.
  2. Elkanah tries to comfort Hannah.
  3. Peninnah teases Hannah because she has no children.
  4. Hannah prays to God for a child.
  5. Eli listens to Hannah praying and thinks she is drunk.
  6. Eli talks to Hannah.
  7. Hannah has a baby.
  8. Hannah cares for Samuel.
  9. Hannah dedicates Samuel to the Lord.
  10. Eli cares for Samuel.
  11. Samuel hears God calling.
  12. Eli tells Samuel to answer God.
  13. Samuel grows up to be a mighty prophet.


Supplies:

  • Basket to hold Character/Situation slips


Advanced Preparations:

  • Cut apart the character and situation slips and put into a bag or basket.


Directions:

  • Divide children into pairs.
  • One child is the sculptor and one is the clay.
  •  Have each pair select a character and situation from the basket.
  • Give each group 1-2 minutes to think about how they will demonstrate their character/situation. Have them think about the following questions:

a. Who is this character?
b. What was happening in this part of the story?
c. How did the characters feel?

  • The clay should be silent while being sculpted. The sculptor will pose the clay in an appropriate pose for the character selected. For example: If the character is Hannah at the Temple, the sculptor might pose the clay in a kneeling position, praying. The clay may move to show an action, but then must freeze at the end and wait for the audience to guess who and what part of the story is being dramatized.
  • One at a time, have the groups come forward. The rest of the group must try to guess who the character is and what part of the story is being dramatized.
  • Have each group take turns dramatizing all the characters and situations. Be sure to have the shepherd take pictures!
  • Pause to discuss the situations between dramatizations.
  • When all the situations have been dramatized, have the children sequence the character slips so that the story is told in order. 

Modifications for K-1:
Divide the children into pairs – sculptors and clay. Instead of drawing characters from a basket, call out the characters and the situations. Call them out in order to help the children remember the correct story sequence. Have children take turns being the sculptors and the clay.

Reflection/Journal Time:
The last 10 minutes should be reserved for Journal and Reflection time. This is an opportunity for processing and reflection about what the children have learned. Ask the shepherds to pass out the journals and pencils/pens and the journal sticker for the day. (Note: Journal questions are color-coded for each age group – purple for K-1, red for 2-3 and blue for 4-5.) Workshop leaders and shepherds should sit down with children in small groups to facilitate discussion and writing in Faith Journals. Memory verse stickers are also included for each lesson. Children may also copy the memory verse and illustrate.

Journal Questions:
Grades K-1: Draw a picture of Samuel being dedicated to God. Draw a picture of a baby being baptized.
Grades 2-5: We don’t leave children at church to live, but we can still serve the church and God. How can you serve God at our church?

 

Closing:

Closing prayer: Gather the children together in a circle. Review with them one word or concept that they learned during today’s session. (listen, hear, pray, serve, dedicated, baptism are some suggestions) Encourage them to come back next week and to bring a friend, especially a friend who does not have a church home. Remind them to bring their Bibles. Ask for prayer requests and close with prayer. Perhaps one of the children would like to pray? Or ask the children to pray out loud or silently one at a time. Have them say “Amen” when they are finished so the next child can pray.

REMIND THE CHILDREN TO BRING BABY SHOWER ITEMS TO CHURCH THIS MONTH AND PLACE IN THE COLLECTION BASKETS IN THE HALLWAY!

Clean-up: Encourage the children to help you clean up. Place all props and other materials in the prop closet or the storage cabinet.

Release children only to parents or by prior permission of parents after signing out on class clipboards.


After your rotation is completed, please:

  • Remember to return all supplies to the storage areas in the classroom or the supply closet in the hallway. Please help us keep our rooms neat!
  • Please bag up trash and place outside the classroom door. Replace the trashcan liner – extras are found in the hallway storage closet.
  • Fill out your evaluation form and return! We use these to improve our lessons, so please take the time to do this!
  • Return un-used journal questions and lesson materials (you may leave them in the classroom).
  • Fill out the reimbursement form, attach receipts and turn in to the office.
  •  Thanks for being part of our G.R.E.A.T. Adventure Team!
  • Let us know if you would like to teach again!

 

Characters/Situations

Directions: Copy and cut apart. Place in basket for Statues Drama.


Hannah is upset because she doesn’t have a child.

Elkanah tries to comfort Hannah.

Peninnah teases Hannah because she has no children.

Hannah prays to God for a child.

Eli listens to Hannah praying and thinks she is drunk.

Eli talks to Hannah.

Hannah has a baby.

Hannah cares for Samuel.

Hannah dedicates Samuel to the Lord.

Eli cares for Samuel.

Samuel hears God calling.

Eli tells Samuel to answer God.

Samuel grows up to be a mighty prophet.


 

A lesson written by Jaymie Derden from: State Street UMC

Bristol, VA

 

A representative of Rotation.org reformatted this post to improve readability.

 

Samuel

Cooking Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The children will make Samuel Sleeper’s snacks as they learn the story and memorize the Bible verse.

 

For scripture and objectives, see above.


Preparation and Room Set Up:

  • Review the Background Information, Behavioral Covenant, Teaching Tips and Lesson plan.
  • Gather all necessary supplies for activities.

Supplies List:

  • Graham Crackers (one per child)
  • Marshmallow Cream
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Fruit Roll-up
  • Plastic knives
  • Juice drinks
  • Paper towels
  • Rotation Music CD
  •  CD player
  •  2-3 colors of construction paper – one piece for each child
  • Tape
  • Copy paper cut into 2X4 inch rectangles (one card per word of verse + scripture reference)
  •  Markers
  •  Straws – one per child
  •  Tape 
  •  Baskets - 2


Allergy Note: Several of our children are severely allergic to peanuts and other nuts. Check ingredient labels to make sure nuts and nut oils are not included in any cooking activities.

Important Note for Cooking Workshop Leaders:
Children LOVE to cook and create various concoctions in this workshop. But occasionally the cooking activity does not have as obvious or concrete a connection with the lesson as do some of the other workshops. Help the children make that connection by intentionally discussing the way the activity relates to the lesson of the day. Discuss during preparation, eating and clean-up times. When finished with the activity of the day, please be sure to bag up the trash and replace the trashcan liner (extras are found in the hallway closet if needed) if any food items were used.

Please start on time!

Time Guidelines:

  • Welcome and Introductions 10 minutes
  • Bible Study 10 minutes
  • Samuel Sleepers 30 minutes
  • Reflection/Closing 10 minutes


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome/Introduction:

Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Make sure everyone is wearing a nametag. Please include the shepherd in introductions. Give the children a simple one or two-sentence synopsis of what you will be doing during the workshop.

Prayer: Please begin your class with prayer each week. Pray your own or use the prayer printed below.

Loving Father,
We thank you for this day and this time we share with You and each other. Teach us, all the ways You speak to us. Help us learn to listen for Your voice. Guide us and teach us Your ways. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen

Gather the children together, seated in a circle. Tell them that you are going to whisper in the ear of the child sitting next to you. That child will then whisper what they heard to the person next to them. This should continue around the circle. The last person in the circle should say aloud what they heard. You might want to play a music CD softly in the background to keep the children from overhearing someone other than the person whispering in their ear.

When you are sure everyone understands, whisper, “Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’”

After the sentence has traveled around the circle and the last child has said aloud what they heard, tell them what you had whispered. Talk about how sometimes listening can be difficult. Tell them that today they will be learning about someone who listened for God.

Important Teacher Notes:
Each workshop includes the Bible story. One of our primary goals is to improve the children’s Bible literacy! If children did not bring their Bibles from home, use the classroom Bibles. Shepherds should help the children locate the stories. Use the handout “Helping Children Learn to Use their Bibles” and the Background Information to help you introduce the story.

Remember that as the rotation progresses; the children will become more familiar with the story. When this happens, allow the children to tell you what they know. The children should still locate the story in their Bibles every week. Use the bold headings in their Bibles to guide your discussion. You may want to review some of the Bible notes as well. Be sure to fill in any missing information and add additional details using the Background Information to help you. One of the greatest advantages of this model is that children who come regularly learn the story in great depth.

Each lesson contains more Background Information and discussion questions than can be used in one session. Remember, children are studying this story for four weeks! Be sure to follow the time guidelines and leave ample time for the activity.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Introduce the story:
Our story today is about a boy named Samuel. Samuel means “name of God” or “asked of God”. Samuel’s parents were Hannah and Elkanah. Hannah had been childless, and she had let it bother her so much that she was unable to see the blessings God had given her, such as her loving husband.

Every year Elkanah’s family traveled to the Tabernacle at Shiloh, to worship and offer sacrifices for the forgiveness of their sins. During one of these trips, Hannah fervently prayed for God to give her a child.
She promised that she would dedicate her child to God. Let’s see what happens…..

Bible Study: Grades K-3
This story is too long to be read in its entirety from the children’s Bibles. Use the excerpt from the Children’s Illustrated Bible to tell the story.

Samuel lived many years before Jesus was born during the time of the judges. Where would we find his story in the Bible? (Old Testament)
Help the children locate “The Story of Samuel” in the Little Kids’ Adventure Bibles on pages 109-113. Children with Bible bookmarks should use their blue ribbons to locate the Old Testament and move forward from there. Note the titles and headings in the text.

Read and discuss the following Bible notes:
Little Kids’ Adventure Bible
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 109
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 110
Did you Know? How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 112

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review it with the children at this time. Children with their own Bibles should highlight the verse with the Bible highlighters provided. Please do not mark in the classroom Bibles.

“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Discuss the following:

  • Why was Hannah upset? (she did not have any children)
  • Why did Hannah and Elkanah visit the tabernacle each year? (required by law, to make a sacrifice so that they could be forgiven for their sins – contrast this with how we are forgiven through Jesus!)
  • What happened when Hannah and Elkanah went to the tabernacle? (she prayed to God to give her a son)
  • How did Hannah feel after she prayed? (she felt a sense of peace, was no longer troubled)
  • How was Hannah’s prayer answered? (she had a son, Samuel)
  • Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)

Bible Study: Grades 4-5
Samuel lived during a period called the time of the judges. This was years before Jesus was born. Where would we find the story of Samuel in the Bible? (Old Testament)
Samuel’s story is found in the book of I and II Samuel. These are books of history. Let’s find the story in our Bibles now.

Help the children locate I Samuel 1 in their Bibles. Children with Bible bookmarks should use their yellow ribbon bookmark to locate the books of history and move forward from there. This story is too long to be read in its entirety. Use the bold headings to help you paraphrase the scripture for them.

Read and discuss the following Bible notes:

NiRV Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 319
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 318
Did you Know? What was Eli’s sin? Page 320
How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 321

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review it with the children at this time. Children with their own Bibles should use the Bible highlighters provided to highlight the verse. Please do not mark in the classroom Bibles.

“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Discuss the following:

  • Why was Hannah upset? (she did not have any children)
  • Why did Hannah and Elkanah visit the tabernacle each year? (required by law, to make a sacrifice so that they could be forgiven for their sins – contrast this with how we are forgiven through Jesus!)
  • What happened when Hannah and Elkanah went to the tabernacle? (she prayed to God to give her a son)
  • How did Hannah feel after she prayed? (she felt a sense of peace, was no longer troubled)
  • How was Hannah’s prayer answered? (she had a son, Samuel)
  • Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)

Samuel’s Sleepers

(adapted from an idea at www.rotation.org, by Pastor Beth)

Directions:

  1. Have all the children wash their hands.
  2. Give each child a paper towel and a plastic knife.
  3. Give each child a graham cracker.
  4. Have them spread marshmallow cream on the cracker.
  5. Next, have them place a marshmallow at one end for Samuel’s pillow.
  6. Give each child several pretzel sticks and raisins. Tell them to make a stick figure (using the raisins to connect the pieces).
  7. Give each child a grape to use for Samuel’s head.
  8. Have them place Samuel on the bed.
  9. Give each child one fruit roll-up. Have them put it over Samuel for his blanket.
  10. Pass out juice for everyone and enjoy!


As they enjoy their treats, discuss the following:

  • Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know about us and share our joys and concerns with Him)
  • Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God)
  • How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (made him a new coat and brought it to him every year)
  • What was the job of the priest? (to prepare the sacrifices, to keep the lamp burning, to take care of the tabernacle)
  • How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God?


Grades 4-5: Contrast Hannah’s Prayer of Thanksgiving with Mary’s Magnificat in Luke 1:46-55.

After the children have finished, let them all help to clean up and discuss the following:

  • Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  • What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  • How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  • How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)


Reflection/Journal Time:
The last 10 minutes should be reserved for Journal and Reflection time. This is an opportunity for processing and reflection about what the children have learned. Ask the shepherds to pass out the journals and pencils/pens and the journal sticker for the day. (Note: Journal questions are color-coded for each age group – purple for K-1, red for 2-3 and blue for 4-5.) Workshop leaders and shepherds should sit down with children in small groups to facilitate discussion and writing in Faith Journals. Memory verse stickers are also included for each lesson. Children may also copy the memory verse and illustrate.

Journal Questions:
Grades K-1: Praying helps us get close to God. Draw Samuel praying. Draw you praying.
Grades 2-5: Sometimes we need to be quiet and still when we pray. When is a time during your day when you can listen for God? What helps you with this?

Extra Activity:
If you have extra time, review the memory verse with the children using one of the following games:

Musical Verses (Grades K-1)
Supplies:

  • Rotation Music CD
  • CD player
  • 2-3 colors of construction paper – one piece for each child
  • Tape


Directions:

  1. Tape the construction paper squares to the floor in a circle, alternating the colors.
  2. Have the children stand in a circle one person to a square.
  3. Review the memory verse with them several times.
  4. Turn on the music CD and allow to play for several seconds. Stop the music.
  5.  Call out a color. The children who are standing on that color must recite the memory verse together.
  6. Repeat several times until everyone has had a chance to recite it and children know the verse.



Straw Verse Relay (Grades 2-5)
(Adapted from an activity from The Big Book of Bible Games, Gospel Light, 1996.)

Supplies:

  • Copy paper cut into 2X4 inch rectangles (one card per word of verse + scripture reference)
  • Markers
  • Straws – one per child
  • Tape
  •  Baskets - 2


Preparation:

  • Place a piece of tape on the floor at one end of the classroom.
  • Cut the copy paper into 2X4 inch rectangles, one piece per word of verse + scripture reference.
  • Make two sets.


Directions:

  1. Divide the children into two teams.
  2. Shuffle each set of memory verse papers so that they are mixed up. Place in a basket and set opposite the taped starting line.
  3. Line up the children opposite the baskets.
  4. First players on each team must quickly walk to the basket and using the straw alone, pick up a piece of the verse by sucking on the straw. They must bring the verse piece back to the team and then the next player in line may go. Repeat until all the pieces are retrieved. First team to put the verse in order is the winner.

Closing:



Closing prayer: Gather the children together in a circle holding hands. Review with them one word or concept that they learned during today’s session. (prayer, quiet, listening, serving) are some suggestions) Encourage them to come back next week and to bring a friend, especially a friend who does not have a church home. Remind them to bring their Bibles. Close with a circle prayer. Tell the children that you will start the prayer and pass it on to the next child continuing around the circle. Squeeze the hand of the person next to you when you are finished. If children do not want to pray out loud, they may pray silently. When it comes back to you, finish the prayer.

Please bag up all trash and place outside the classroom door. Replace the trashcan liner. Extras are found in the hallway Sunday school closet.

Remind children to bring items for our Baby Shower Mission Project!

Release children only to parents or by prior permission of parents after signing out on class clipboards.

After your rotation is completed, please:

  1. Remember to return all supplies to the storage areas in the classroom or the supply closet in the hallway. Please help us keep our rooms neat!
  2. Please bag up trash and place outside the classroom door. Replace the trashcan liner – extras are found in the hallway storage closet.
  3. Fill out your evaluation form and return! We use these to improve our lessons, so please take the time to do this!
  4. Return un-used journal questions and lesson materials (you may leave them in the classroom).
  5. Fill out the reimbursement form, attach receipts and turn in to the office.
  6.  Thanks for being part of our G.R.E.A.T. Adventure Team!
  7. Let us know if you would like to teach again!

A lesson written by Jaymie Derden from: State Street UMC

Bristol, VA

 

A representative of Rotation.org reformatted this post to improve readability.

 

 

Samuel

Computer Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Children will create posters advertising our Baby Shower Mission Activity. If time allows, children will research scriptures about listening and hearing God using a Concordance and create a devotional booklet using those scriptures.

For scripture and objectives, see above.


Advanced Preparation and Room Set Up:

  • Read the Background Information, teaching tips and lesson plan.
  • Preview the software.
  • Turn on computers, insert CDs and open programs before children arrive. See grade level instructions for specific software needs.
  • Copy Helpful Hints handout for each computer station.

Supplies List:

  • Software Needed: Kid Pix (Grades K-1)
  • Concordances – one for every 2-3 children (KidCordance by Zonderkidz or Holman Bible Concordance for Kids, Tommy Nelson Publishing are two kid-friendly possibilities. Older children can use an adult concordance
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Poster board (one per child)
  • Markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

Notes for Computer Workshop Leaders:
This workshop can always use extra hands, especially for the younger children. Ask the shepherds to sit with the children at a computer station and help with navigation, reading text and discussion. As much as possible, try to sit with your students as you go through the software together. The lesson is not what’s on the computer. It’s what you and the students do with what’s on the computer. Guide your students through the content, share yourself and facilitate their sharing with each other. Model your enthusiasm for the Word of God. Please make sure that children take turns at the mouse and keyboard. If necessary, use the timer in the room to help the children switch roles.

Please start on time!

Time Guidelines:

  • Welcome/Introduction 5 minutes
  • Bible Study 20 minutes
  • Posters 25 minutes
  • Journal/Closing 10 minutes


Presentation

Opening-Welcome and Introductions:

Gather the children together in the chairs with their Bibles. Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Make sure you are wearing your name tag and that the children have picked up their nametags. Always begin each class with introductions. Remember that workshop leaders rotate often, and the children may not know you. Please include the shepherds in introductions. Tell the children that today they will learn about a young boy who listened closely to God.

Opening Prayer: Please open class with prayer each week. You may pray your own prayer or use the prayer below: Dear God, We praise you and we thank you for all you do for us. Be with us today as we learn more about you. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Important Teacher Notes:
Each workshop includes the Bible story. One of our primary goals is to improve the children’s Bible literacy! If children do not bring their Bibles from home, use the classroom Bibles. Shepherds should help the children locate the stories. Use the handout “Helping Children Learn to Use their Bibles” and the background information to help you introduce the story.

Remember, that as the rotation progresses, the children will become more familiar with the story. When this happens, allow the children to tell you what they know. The children should still locate the story in their Bibles every week. Use the bold headings in their Bibles to guide your discussion. You may want to review some of the Bible notes as well. Be sure to fill in any missing information and add additional details using the Background Information to help you. One of the greatest advantages of this model is that children who come regularly learn the story in great depth.

Each lesson contains more Background Information and discussion questions than can be used in one session. Remember, children are studying this story for four weeks! Be sure to follow the time guidelines and leave ample time for the activities.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Bible Study: Grades K-3
Introduce the Story.
Many years before Jesus was born, Moses led the Israelite people out of Egypt and through the desert. Then Moses died and the people needed someone to lead them and to help them after they came into the Promised Land. Judges became the new leaders for Israel. Judges were religious leaders in the community who helped the people follow God. Samuel was the last and greatest judge in Israel. This is his story.

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. Help the children locate the “The Story of Samuel” in the Little Kids’ Adventure Bible, pages 109-113. Tell the story using the attached excerpt from the Children’s Illustrated Bible. Read and have the children look at the illustrations.
Help the children locate and review the following Bible notes:

Little Kids’ Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 109
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 110
Did you Know? How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 112

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review with the children at this time. Have children with Bible bookmarks place their red ribbon bookmark here. Children with their own Bibles should highlight the verse with the Bible highlighters. Please do not mark in the classroom Bibles.
“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Reflect:

  • What did Hannah pray for? (to have a child)
  • Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)
  • Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know about us and share our joys and concerns with God)
  • Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God)
  • How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (made him a new coat and brought it to him every year)
  • What was the job of the priest? (to prepare the sacrifices, to keep the lamp burning, to take care of the tabernacle)
  • How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God?
  • Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  • What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  • How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  • How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)


Bible Study: Grades 4-5
After the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years, they approached the Promised Land. Here Moses died. The people came into the Promised Land and settled into a new way of life. The tabernacle that had been their portable worship tent, was now a permanent structure and kept in a town called Shiloh (point this out on the wall map). The Israelites came regularly to worship there. The Israelite people were governed by a series of leaders called judges. Judges were very religious and moral people who were very close to God. They helped the people understand God’s laws and how to behave in a way pleasing to God. Samuel was the last and greatest of Israel’s judges. This is his story…

This period in Israel’s history happened many years before Jesus was born. Where would we find the story of Samuel in the Bible? (Old Testament) Samuel’s story is found in the book of I and II Samuel. These are books of history. Let’s find the story in our Bibles now. Help the children locate I Samuel 1 in their Bibles. Children with Bible bookmarks can use their yellow ribbon bookmark to locate the books of history and move forward from there. This story is too long to be read in its entirety. Use the bold headings to help you paraphrase the scripture for them.

Read and discuss the following Bible notes:

NiRV Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 319
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 318
Did you Know? What was Eli’s sin? Page 320
How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 321

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Locate the verse and review with the children at this time. Have children with their own Bibles highlight the verse with the Bible highlighters.

“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Discussion Questions:

  • What did Hannah pray for? (a child)
  • Why did Hannah and Elkanah visit the tabernacle each year? (required by law, to make a sacrifice so that they could be forgiven for their sins – contrast this with how we are forgiven through Jesus!)
  • How did Hannah feel after she prayed? (she felt a sense of peace, was no longer troubled)
  • How was Hannah’s prayer answered? (she had a son, Samuel)
  • Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)
  • Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know about us and share our joys and concerns with God)
  • Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God)
  • How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (made him a new coat and brought it to him every year)
  • How did Eli help Samuel grow in his faith? (helped him serve in the tabernacle, loved him, spent time with him, taught him about God)
  • How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God? 
  • Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  • What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  • How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  • How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)


Baby Shower Posters – All Grades
Children will create posters advertising our Baby Shower Mission Project.

Software:
Choose one or more:
KidPix
American Greetings Create-A-Card
Word

Supplies:

  • Poster board (one per child)
  • Markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors


Advanced Preparation:

  • Copy the navigation handout tips for each computer station.
  • Gather other supplies.
  • Copy the information for the posters for each computer station.


We learned from Hannah and Samuel how important it is to care for a child. Hannah loved Samuel very much. What did Hannah do each year when she came to visit Samuel? (brought him a coat)
Hannah and Eli made sure that Samuel was loved and cared for. They taught him how to serve God and how to listen to God’s voice. This month we’re going to do a mission activity that will help young parents.

The Teen Store is a program that helps young parents learn about parenting. They come to classes to learn about babies and young children – about how to take care of them, what their needs are and how they learn. Many young parents don’t know much about babies at all, so these classes are a big help! The Teen Store provides free items to the parents who participate in the classes. If they come to all the classes, they get to choose something from the store. All the items in the store are things for their babies. We can help by bringing items to stock the Teen Store and by asking others in the church to bring things, too. The young teen parents who come to the Parenting classes love their babies just like Hannah loved Samuel. They want to be able to provide what they need. But sometimes they need help. We are going to help them this month by having a Baby Shower for them! We’re asking everyone to bring certain items to the church. On the last day of the month we will get everything all together to give to the Teen Store.

Today we are going to use the computers to make posters to advertise our Baby Shower.

Directions:

  1. Divide the children into pairs at the computer stations.
  2. Give them a list of the information that needs to be included on the posters.
  3. Have children create eye-catching titles and draw pictures or use clip-art to decorate their work.
  4. Have children type out the items needed.
  5. Print out their work.
  6. Then have the children cut out the information and glue to the poster boards.
  7. Once finished, hang the posters around the church.


Illustrated Bible Story – Grades K-1
If there is extra time, children may illustrate the story or the memory verse.

Software:
Kid Pix

Advanced Preparation:

  • Preview the software.
  • Insert the CDs and open the program to the drawing screen before children arrive.
  • Make a copy of the Navigation Handout for each computer station.


Tips:
If children are unfamiliar with the software, demonstrate some of the basic navigation tips for them on one computer before sending them to their separate stations. Suggestions: basic drawing with pencil, crayon or paint, how to erase (caution them about the OOPS button and the large eraser), how to color in their drawings, how to use stamps, etc. Refer them to the navigation sheet for further help.

Directions:

  1. Divide the children into pairs at the computers.
  2. Pass out one of the illustration slips to each computer group.
  3. Have the children use Kid Pix to illustrate the story or memory verse.
  4.  Children may use stamps, stickers or draw their own illustrations.
  5. Make sure they share drawing time.
  6.  Discourage frequent erasures.
  7. Have children type in a sentence or two describing their picture. Older children may do this on their own or children may dictate and let the shepherds type.
  8. Once they are finished, print out the illustrations. Print out one copy for each child and one copy to keep for our scrapbook.
  9. Bring children to the center table.
  10. Ask the children to show their pictures and tell about them.


Listening to God Devotionals – Grades 2-5
Children will use concordances to locate scriptures about listening to God and hearing God’s voice. They will type out the scriptures and illustrate them.

Software:

  • KidPix, American Greetings Create-A-Card or Word


Supplies:

  • Concordances – one for every 2-3 children (KidCordance by Zonderkidz or Holman Bible Concordance for Kids, Tommy Nelson Publishing are two kid-friendly possibilities. Older children can use an adult concordance).
  • Paper
  • Pencils


Directions:

  1. Gather children around the center table.
  2. Pass out concordances, paper and pencils.
  3. Explain how a concordance works. A concordance is a book that helps us find a certain topic or passage in the Bible. If we can’t remember where something is, but we remember a key word in it, we can find it using a concordance!
  4.  Show children how to use the concordance. Be sure to explain that the word you have looked up is usually not spelled out – rather just the first letter is written.
  5.  Have children look up words such as: prayer, praying, hear, listen, worship.
  6. Have each computer group choose a different verse.
  7. Have children use their Bibles to look up the verse.
  8. Type the verse on the computer. Use decorative fonts or clip art to embellish the page.
  9. Continue typing in verses, one verse per page. Children may illustrate if time allows.
  10. Create a cover for the booklet.
  11. Print out the pages and staple together to make a devotional booklet. Print out extra copies so that all the verses can be included.
  12.  After class is finished, make enough copies to distribute to all the children.


A Faster Option: Before class, look up “listen” in a concordance. Distribute the scripture references and have children locate the verses in their Bibles. Some suggested scriptures:

  1. Psalm 10:17 (God listens to our cries)
  2. Psalm 17:1 (asking God to listen to us)
  3. Psalm 81:8 (listen to God)
  4. Psalm 81:13 (God wants us to listen to him)
  5. Psalm 85:8 (I will listen to God)
  6. Proverbs 1:8 (listen to parents)
  7. Proverbs 4:20-21 (listen closely to your father)
  8. Proverbs 8:32-33 (listen and be wise)
  9. Isaiah 28:23 (listen and hear my voice)
  10. Isaiah 48:16 (come close and listen)
  11. Isaiah 51:4 (listen to me my people)
  12. Mark 9:7 (this is my Son, listen to him)
  13. Luke 9:35 (Listen to him)
  14. John 10:3 (sheep listen to his voice)
  15. John 10:27 (sheep listen to his voice)


Reflection/Journal Time:
The last 10 minutes should be reserved for Journal and Reflection time. This is an opportunity for processing and reflection about what the children have learned. Ask the shepherds to pass out the journals and pencils/pens and the journal sticker for the day. (Note: Journal questions are color-coded for each age group – purple for K-1, red for 2-3 and blue for 4-5.) Workshop leaders and shepherds should sit down with children in small groups to facilitate discussion and writing in Faith Journals. Memory verse stickers are also included for each lesson. Children may also copy the memory verse and illustrate.

Journal Questions:
Grades K-1: Draw your favorite place to be when you pray.
Grades 2-5: It’s sometimes easier to pray in a quiet, peaceful place. Where do you like to be best when you pray?

Closing:

Clean-up: Encourage the children to help clean up. Return markers, glue sticks scissors and art supplies to the Art Room. Remove CDs from computers, turn off computers, monitors and speakers.

Closing prayer: Gather the children together. Review with them one word or concept that they learned during today’s session. (listen, hear, pray, dedicated, serve are some suggestions) Encourage them to come back next week and to bring a friend, especially a friend who does not have a church home. Remind them to bring their Bibles. Ask for prayer requests and close with prayer.

Release children only to parents or by prior permission of parents after signing out on class clipboards.

After your rotation is completed, please:

  • Remember to return all supplies to the storage areas in the classroom or the supply closet in the hallway. Please help us keep our rooms neat!
  • Please bag up trash and place outside the classroom door. Replace the trashcan liner – extras are found in the hallway storage closet.
  • Fill out your evaluation form and return! We use these to improve our lessons, so please take the time to do this!
  • Return un-used journal questions and lesson materials (you may leave them in the classroom).
  • Fill out the reimbursement form, attach receipts and turn in to the office.
  • Thanks for being part of our G.R.E.A.T. Adventure Team!
  • Let us know if you would like to teach again!

 


Using Kid Pix – Helpful Hints
Print attachment — Kid Pix Helpful Hints-1.pdf — found at bottom of this lesson, for each computer station.


American Greetings – Create-A-Card Navigation
(Copy one for each computer station)

Instructions:

  1. Insert CD into drive.
  2. Click on icon on desktop to open program (American Greetings – Create-A-Card)
  3. Click Start from Scratch.
  4. Click Newsletter.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Click Finish.
  7. Click Toy Box.
  8. Click Headline.
  9. Click Customize. Choose your font, color, style, shadings, etc.
  10.  Type in your headline in the yellow box. Click OK.
  11. Click Draw to choose additional items to customize your headline or page.
  12. Click Text Box to left of screen. Adjust the size and shape of the text box with the small squares.
  13. Double click on the text box you have created in the main screen to type in the list of items for the Baby Shower.
  14. Proofread your work.
  15. Click Save.
  16. Click Save As and type in first name or initials.
  17. Click Save.
  18. Click Print.



Psalm 10:17

Psalm 17:1

Psalm 81:8

Psalm 81:13

Psalm 85:8

Proverbs 1:8

Proverbs 4:20-21

Proverbs 8:32-33

Isaiah 28:23

Isaiah 48:16

Isaiah 51:4

Mark 9:7

Luke 9:35

John 10:3

John 10:27


A lesson written by Jaymie Derden from: State Street UMC
Bristol, VA

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Samuel

Art Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The children will each make a dream catcher that will remind them that God spoke to Samuel in his dreams.

 

For scripture and objectives, see above.


Important note for Art workshop leaders:
The purpose of the Art workshop is for the Bible lesson to be reinforced through creative and hands-on activities. The children may make something that they can take home to help remind them of the monthly theme or they may work together as a team to make something for the church to display.


Preparation and Room Set-Up:

  • Review background information, teaching tips and lesson materials.
  • Gather necessary supplies
  • Cover the tables with the old tablecloths
  • Review the Music CD. Plan to play the music as the children arrive, work on their art projects and during journal time. 


Please start on time!

Time guidelines:

  • Welcome and introductions 5 minutes
  • Bible Study 15 minutes
  • Dream Catchers 30 minutes
  • Journals/Closing 10 minutes

Supplies List:

  • 3” plastic or metal rings
  • Double sided tape
  • Yarn, cut into 7 foot sections and 5 foot sections (one of each for every dream catcher)
  • Small Christian charms
  • Scissors
  • Plastic pony beads (optional)


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Introduction:
Welcome all children and introduce yourself. Make sure each child is wearing a nametag. Give the children a simple one or two sentence synopsis of what you will be doing during the workshop.

Opening Prayer: You may have a prayer of your own or pray something like this…
Dear Lord, We know that You are calling us to do Your work here. Help us to understand how You have used others in the Bible to spread Your word because they were willing to listen to Your call. Amen.

Important Teacher Notes:
Each workshop begins with the Bible story. One of the primary goals is to improve the children’s Bible literacy! If children did not bring their Bibles from home, use the classroom Bibles. Shepherds should help the children locate the stories. Use the handout “Helping Children Learn to use their Bibles” and Background information to help you introduce the story.

** Remember, that as the rotation progresses, the children will become familiar with the story. When this happens, allow the children to tell you what they know. The children should still locate the story in their Bibles every week. Use the bold headings in their Bibles to guide your discussion. You can then fill in any missing information and add additional details using the Background information. One of the greatest advantages of this model is that the children who come regularly learn the story in great depth.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Bible Study: K-3
Introduction:
Paraphrase the story of Samuel in the Little Kid’s Adventure Bible from pages 109-111. Explain that Elkanah was married to Hannah and Hannah had not been able to have children. Every year they would traveled to the tabernacle in Shiloh. There they would make a sacrifice and pray to God for the forgiveness of their sins. Hannah was always sad about not being able to have children. The priest at the tabernacle was Eli. During one of their trips to Shiloh, Eli heard Hannah praying very hard, asking God to give her a son. She made a promise to God that if He gave her a son, she would dedicate his life to the Lord. God did in fact bless Hannah with a son and Hannah followed through with her promise. She named her son Samuel which means “asked of God.” Hannah kept Samuel with her until he no longer needed her to nurse him and then she took him to Eli. Even though Samuel was very young, she knew that he should serve the Lord in Shiloh at the tabernacle, and study with the priest, Eli. Hannah and Elkanah would visit Samuel as often as they could, but Samuel stayed with Eli and learned how he should serve the Lord.

Samuel lived many years before Jesus. Where would we find his story in the Bible? (Old Testament) Let’s find his story in our Bibles now. Help the children locate “The Story of Samuel” in the Little Kids’ Adventure Bible, pages 109-113. Paraphrase the text pointing out the paragraph headings as the children follow along in their Bibles.

Read the following Bible Notes:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 109
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 110
Did you Know? How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 112

So Eli continued to teach Samuel about the priesthood until he died. Samuel followed God’s will throughout his life. He became a great prophet.

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Review it with them at this time. Children with their own Bibles should highlight the memory verse using the Bible highlighters. Please do not mark in the classroom Bibles. Children with Bible ribbon bookmarks should also mark the location of the memory verse with their red ribbon.

“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why was Hannah so sad when she went to pray at the tabernacle? (she could not have children)
  2. When she went to the tabernacle one year, she first made a sacrifice to God for the forgiveness of her sins. Then she asked God for something. What did she want so badly? (a child)
  3. How was Hannah’s prayer answered? (she had a son, Samuel)
  4. Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)
  5. Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know about us and share our joys and concerns with God)
  6. Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God.)
  7. How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (she visited him as often as she could, and made him a new coat every year)
  8. How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God?
  9.  Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  10. What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  11. How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  12. How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)


Bible Study - Grades 4-5:
Introduction:
Paraphrase the story of Samuel in the Adventure Bible for Young Readers, 1 Samuel 1-2. Explain that Elkanah was married to Hannah and Hannah had not been able to have children. Every year they would travel to the tabernacle in Shiloh. There they would make a sacrifice and pray to God for the forgiveness of their sins. Hannah was always sad about not being able to have children. The high priest at the tabernacle was Eli. That meant he was in charge of guiding the people of Israel according to God’s Word and messages. He performed the sacrifices at the Tabernacle for the forgiveness of sins. During one of their trips to Shiloh, Eli heard Hannah praying very hard, asking God to give her a son. She made a promise to God that if He gave her a son, she would dedicate his life to the Lord. God did in fact bless Hannah with a son and Hannah followed through with her promise. She named her son Samuel which means “asked of God.” Hannah kept Samuel with her until he no longer needed her to nurse him and then she took him to Eli. Even though Samuel was very young, she knew that he should serve the Lord in Shiloh at the tabernacle, and study with the priest, Eli. Hannah and Elkanah would visit Samuel as often as they could, but Samuel stayed with Eli and learned how he should serve the Lord. Samuel lived with Eli and learned about the priesthood.

Samuel lived many years before Jesus was born, during the time of the judges. Where would we find his story in the Bible? (Old Testament) We can read about Samuel in the books of the Bible that are named after him: I and II Samuel. These are books of history. Let’s find the story in our Bibles now. Help the children locate 1 Samuel 3: 1-21. Children with ribbon bookmarks can use their yellow ribbon bookmark to locate the books of history and more forward from there. Read as the children follow along (or ask a volunteer to read.)

Read the following Bible notes:
NiRV Adventure Bible:
People in Bible Times: Samuel, page 319
Let’s Live It: A gift to and from God, page 318
Did you Know? What was Eli’s sin? Page 320
How old was Samuel when God called him in the night? Page 321

So Eli continued to teach Samuel about the priesthood until he died. Samuel followed God’s will throughout his life and became one of the greatest of God’s prophets.

Memory Verse: Each rotation we encourage the children to memorize one verse. Review it with them at this time. Children with their own Bibles should use the Bible highlighters to highlight the memory verse. Please do not mark in the classroom Bibles.

“Speak Lord, I’m listening.” I Samuel 3:9

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why was Hannah so sad when she went to pray at the tabernacle? (she could not have children)
  2. When she went to the tabernacle one year, she first made a sacrifice to God for the forgiveness of her sins. Then she asked God for something. What did she want so badly? (a child)
  3. What was the job of the priest? (to prepare the sacrifices, to keep the lamp burning, to take care of the tabernacle)
  4. How was Hannah’s prayer answered? (she had a son, Samuel)
  5. Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)
  6. Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know about us and share our joys and concerns with God)
  7. Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God.)
  8. How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (she visited him as often as she could, and made him a new coat every year)
  9. How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God?
  10. Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  11. What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  12. How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  13. How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)


Samuel’s Dream Catchers (Grades 2-5)
The children will each make a dream catcher that they can take home. It is believed in the Native American culture that the dream catchers “catch” any bad dreams and only allow good dreams to pass through. These will remind them of the fact that God can speak to them in many different ways, just as God spoke to Samuel in his dreams.

Supplies:

  • 3” plastic or metal rings
  • Double sided tape
  • Yarn, cut into 7 foot sections and 5 foot sections (one of each for every dream catcher)
  • Small Christian charms
  • Scissors
  • Plastic pony beads (optional)


Advanced Preparation:

  • Cover all tables with old tablecloths.
  • Set out supplies.
  • Cut all yarn lengths needed for the project.
  • For 2-3 grade group, begin the yarn wrappings and wrap about halfway around the rings

Directions:
Step 1:

  1. Place a 1.5 inch piece of double sided tape on the ring, lengthwise, and wrap it tightly around the ring.
  2. Tie a knot with one end of the 7-foot piece of yarn onto the ring.
  3. Begin by pressing the small string from the knot onto the tape and wrap over it so that it is completely hidden under the wrapped string. Wrap the yarn around the ring, tightly, making sure there aren’t any gaps between the yarn as you wrap it.
  4. Once back at the beginning, tie another knot and cut the string.


Step 2:

  1. Near the knots on the ring, tie a knot with the 5-foot section of yarn.
  2. Move along the ring about an inch at a time and tie a half hitch knot, making a “bridge” of yarn in between. Try to have the same amount of tension between each half hitch to ensure an even circle.
  3. Continue around the ring, until you get back to the beginning, so that you have a half hitch about every inch on the ring and a “bridge of yarn in between every two half hitches. Do not cut the string, simply continue to step 3.


Step 3:

  1. Begin a second round of tying half hitches by tying the first one on the middle of the first “bridge” of yarn (that runs between the first two half hitches you tied on the first round).
  2. Continue tying half hitches in the middle of each “bridge.”


Step 4:

  1. Continue tying half hitches on subsequent rounds until there is a small hole in the middle of the dream catcher.
  2. Tie a knot at the center and allow about a 5” length of yarn to fall from the center.


Step 5:

  1. Tie a charm at the end of the piece of yarn hanging from the center of the dream catcher.


Step 6:

  1. Cut a piece of yarn approx. 5” in length.
  2. Tie the two ends together.
  3. Lay over the dream catcher at the top of the ring.
  4. Pull one of the ends through the loop on the other side so that the loop is secure as a hanger for the dream catcher.


Step 7:

  1. If time allows, the children may cut yarn in 7” sections and tie onto the bottom of the dream catcher. Fold the yarn in half. Place the folded side under the dream catcher at the bottom. Pull the two strings back through the loop and pull, securing the yarn. They can then string a few beads onto the yarn and secure them with a knot.


Samuel’s Dream Catchers (Grades K-1)
K-1 graders will make simple dream catchers using cardstock and yarn.
These directions need to be added… from our art workshop leader. (Basically these were just cardstock circles with small holes punched in them. Children threaded yard in and out of the holes and let some of the yarn dangle down. Add charms if desired.)

 

Closing:

Clean up: Gather all supplies and encourage each child to clean his/her own work area. Please return all leftover supplies to the storage cabinet. Wipe down counters and tables. Bag up trash and place outside the classroom door. Replace the trashcan liner. Extras are found in the hallway storage closet.

Gather the children together before leaving. Review with them one word or concept from today’s session. Suggestions include: listening, dreams, hearing God’s word, obeying God. Ask for prayer requests and pray together.

Dear Lord, We have enjoyed our time here together. We know You are with us wherever we are and whatever we are doing. Thank you for Your guidance and for showing us through Samuel that You call each of us in different ways. May we always remember to listen to Your call. Amen.

REMIND CHILDREN TO BRING BABY ITEMS FOR OUR BABY SHOWER MISSION PROJECT!

Release children only to parents or by prior permission of parents. Make sure parents sign their children out on the classroom clipboards.

After your rotation is completed, please:

  • Remember to return all supplies to the storage areas in the classroom or the supply closet in the hallway. Please help us keep our rooms neat!
  • Please bag up trash and place outside the classroom door. Replace the trashcan liner – extras are found in the hallway storage closet.
  • Fill out your evaluation form and return! We use these to improve our lessons, so please take the time to do this!
  • Return un-used journal questions and lesson materials (you may leave them in the classroom).
  • Fill out the reimbursement form, attach receipts and turn in to the office. Mark all receipts “Sunday school supplies.”
  • Thanks for being part of our G.R.E.A.T. Adventure Team!
  • Let us know if you would like to teach again.

A lesson written by Jaymie Derden from: State Street UMC

Bristol, VA

 

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Cooking Modification

 

Thanks for the great lesson set! We just completed our Samuel rotation and I would like to post a modification we did to the cooking lesson. For the life of me, I could not figure out how to make the pretzel sticks fit into the raisins! Perhaps some areas of the country have bigger, plumper raisins than what we have in Ohio!, but I simply could not get that part to work. Instead, we provided a choice of large marshmallows or prunes for the Samuel "bodies." [Note: only 1 child chose the prune!] In any case, even our pre-K kids were able to make the Samuels using the marshmallow as the body. They very much enjoyed this lesson. I had the 3rd & 4th graders our final week of rotation and let them create Samuel any way they wanted so we could use up our leftovers.

 

I agree that this is a fabulous lesson set. Instead of the dream catchers, we used an idea from the "ideas, not full lesson sets" forum and decorated pillow cases. Some of our teens report that they STILL use the pillow cases they made over five years ago!

Here's the way we modified State Street's excellent art workshop...

 


Samuel's Call

Art Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The children will use fabric markers to decorate a pillow case that will remind them that God spoke to Samuel in his dreams.

 

For scripture and objectives, see above.


 

Preparation and Room Set-Up:

  • Review background information, teaching tips and lesson materials.
  • Gather necessary supplies (see end of lesson)
  • Cover the tables

 

Teaching tips:

  • In an unusual form of prayer, God sometimes speaks to Biblical people in their dreams or, as to Samuel, in the moments while he was lying in bed. Notable examples are Jacob and Joseph (in Genesis), Daniel, and Joseph in Matthew’s nativity narrative. John of Patmos reveals his many visions in Revelation. Occasionally prophets warn against misinterpretation of dreams, however, so listening carefully for God’s word is important (Jer. 23:28; Deut. 13:2-6)
  • Each student uses fabric markers to decorate a pillow case. By first creating the design on an 11x17 piece of paper, and then inserting the paper inside the case, the students can realize the most success in tracing their own designs.

Time guidelines:

  • Welcome and introductions 10 minutes
  • Bible Study 15 minutes
  • Pillow Cases 30 minutes
  • Closing 5 minutes

Supplies List:

  • Pillow case for each student
  • Fabric markers
  • Poster board or shirt cardboard (to put inside the pillow case to prevent the markers from bleeding through to the back of the pillow case)
  • 11x17 paper for each student (may consider printing with “I’m listening, Lord. What do you want me to do? I Samuel 3:9" ) Students may choose to trace the letters. (Use only “I’m listening, Lord.” with K-2 students.)
  • Book of Christian symbols such as Symbols of Faith by Marcia Stoner, Abingdon Press (September 2001) ISBN-10: 0687094755 ISBN-13: 978-0687094752
  • Students may choose symbols to decorate their pillow cases. A very successful method is to have the students draw the symbols in a dark color on their 11x17 paper, place the paper inside the pillow case on top of the posterboard, and trace the letters and the symbol onto the pillow case.


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Introduction:

Welcome all children and introduce yourself. Make sure each child is wearing a nametag. Explain that we will be exploring how God speaks to us, especially in our dreams, and decorating pillow cases. Ask children about their dreams: do they remember them? do they imagine they can learn from them?

Opening Prayer: You may have a prayer of your own or pray something like this…
Dear Lord, We know that You are calling us to do Your work here. Help us to understand how You have used others in the Bible to spread Your word because they were willing to listen to Your call. Amen.

Introduction:

  • Explain that Elkanah and Hannah did not have any children.
  • Every year they traveled to the tabernacle in Shiloh to make a sacrifice and pray to God for the forgiveness of their sins. Hannah was always sad about not being able to have children.
  • The priest at the tabernacle was Eli.
  • Eli heard Hannah praying very hard, asking God to give her a son. She made a promise to God that if He gave her a son, she would dedicate her son to the Lord.
  • God did in fact bless Hannah with a son and Hannah followed through with her promise. She named her son Samuel which means “asked of God.” Hannah kept Samuel with her until he no longer needed her to nurse him and then she took him to Eli.
  • Even though Samuel was very young, she knew that he should serve the Lord in Shiloh at the tabernacle, and study with the priest, Eli.
  • Hannah and Elkanah would visit Samuel as often as they could, but Samuel stayed with Eli and learned how he should serve the Lord.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

 

Samuel lived many years before Jesus. Where would we find his story in the Bible? (Old Testament)


Younger students: Let’s find his story in our Bible story book now. [Help the children locate 1 Samuel, chapter 3. Read or paraphrase the text.]

Older students: We can read about Samuel in the books of the Bible that are named after him: I and II Samuel. These are books of history. Let’s find the story in our Bibles now. Help the children locate 1 Samuel 3: 1-21. Read as the children follow along (or ask a volunteer to read.)

[In later workshops, use the pictures or Bible headings as cues for the children to tell the story.]

So Eli continued to teach Samuel about the priesthood until he died. Samuel followed God’s will throughout his life. He became a great prophet.

Memory Verse:
I'm listening, LORD. What do you want me to do? I Samuel 3:9 (Contemporary English Version)

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why was Hannah so sad when she went to pray at the tabernacle? (she could not have children)
  2. When she went to the tabernacle one year, she first made a sacrifice to God for the forgiveness of her sins. Then she asked God for something. What did she want so badly? (a child)
  3. How was Hannah’s prayer answered? (she had a son, Samuel)
  4. Does God always answer prayers? (Yes, just not always the way we want!)
  5. Why is prayer so important? (it brings us closer to God, God wants to know us and share in our joys and concerns)
  6. Why did Hannah bring Samuel to the tabernacle to Eli the priest? (to fulfill her promise to God.)
  7. How did Hannah show that she loved Samuel after he went to live with Eli? (she visited him as often as she could, and made him a new coat every year)
  8. How do your parents help you grow to love and serve God?
  9. Who spoke to Samuel one night? (God)
  10. What message did God give Samuel? (Eli’s sons would not inherit the priesthood)
  11. How does God talk to us? (through prayer, Bible, preachers, teachers, parents, Christian friends)
  12. How do we know what God wants us to do? (above)

 

Samuel’s Pillow Cases (Grades K-5)
The moments before we fall asleep can play an important role in our lives. We’re going to make pillow cases with Samuel’s response to God on them to remind us to listen for God as we lie in bed.

 

a sample Samuel pillow case       another sample pillow case

Samples of children's pillow cases.

Click on the photos to see images in a larger size.

 

 

 


Advanced Preparation:

  1. Cover all tables.
  2. Set out supplies.
  3. Prepare 11x17 sheet for each student.

Closing:

 

 

Clean up: Gather all supplies and encourage each child to clean his/her own work area.

 

Gather the children together before leaving. Review with them one word or concept from today’s session. Suggestions include: listening, dreams, hearing God’s word, obeying God. Ask for prayer requests and pray together.

Closing prayer idea:
Lord, you create each day – you also make the night.
As we lay our heads on these pillow cases,
come upon us with quietness and help us be still.
Open our hearts to the whisper of your Spirit;
help us pay attention to your nearness in our dreams.
When morning comes, help us rise with new life,
open our mouths with your praise
so that we may show Christ to the world each day of our lives.
Amen.

 


A lesson written by Anne Camp from: Shadyside Presbyterian

Pittsburgh PA

 

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Jaymie's lesson that asks "how does God speak to us today," reminded me of a music video by Mike "Big Daddy" Weaver from the Christian rock band, "Big Daddy Weave."

"Jesus Came Into My Garage" - Big Daddy

The first half of this ten minute video is his testimony during one of his concerts about trying to lose weight, falling short, and going to God in despair. Then God spoke to him in his garage, teling Mike what he liked about him.  It's a powerful testimony about self-esteem, how we can feel like a failure, and how God speaks to us, redeems us, -especially through our troubles.

The second part of the video is his performance of Big Daddy Weave's #1 hit, "Redeemed," which is one of my favorite songs. Hope you enjoy it. Older children and youth can learn a lot from it. 

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I'll shake off theses heavy chains
And wipe away every stain now I'm not who I used to be
I am redeemed
I'm redeemed
All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, "Child lift up your head"
I remember oh God, You're not done with me yet

(The video clip is linked on James Robison's YouTube channel, but is all Big Daddy. )

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