God Calls Samuel

Samuel tells Eli that he heard him calling I Samuel 3:8

Scripture: 1 Samuel 3: 1 – 21 or pages 217 – 219 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to 1 Samuel 3 or page 217 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Where was Samuel laying down to sleep?  In the temple.
  • What did he hear?  Someone calling, “Samuel”
  • Who did he think was calling him? Eli
  • When he ran to Eli, what did Eli say? “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
  • How many times did Samuel come to Eli? Three
  • The third time that Samuel came, what did Eli realize? God was speaking to Samuel.
  • What did Eli to say to him this time? “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for  your servant is listening.’”
  • Do you think that God speaks to us today? Yes.
  • How can we listen to God?  We can pray and ask God to speak to us when we read our Bibles. We can listen to our parents and to our pastor or Sunday School teacher.  We can listen to our conscience.
  • When Samuel said, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” what did God say to him?  He told him that he was going to judge Eli and his sons for the sins that they had committed.
  • Who do you think was listening more closely to God, Hannah or Eli?  Hannah
  • Think about how different Samuel was from Eli’s sons.  Who of those three were listening more closely to God?  Samuel.
  • When God gives us warnings to do something or not to do something, what should we do?  Obey Him right away.
  • Let’s pray and ask God to help us to open our ears so that we can hear what He is saying to us so that we can obey right away….

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

1 Samuel 3: 10b  “Speak. for your servant is listening.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1  Color page #2 Color page #3   from sermons4kids  Color page #4 from teachkidsaboutchrist.   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Share this great children’s sermon “When God Calls Your Name” from Sermons4Kids.  Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Read Carey’s Comments from Kids Talk About God.

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Share a video of this story:

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Video #8 (Song)

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My Little House has a cute craft for this lesson.

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Have the children make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lesson.

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This is a great craft idea for a service towel from Bible Class Creations.

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Older kids would enjoy making a shoebox diorama of this story.  Here are some ideas from Mission Bible Class.

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Younger children would enjoy this craft from hosannakids.

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Have the children fill out this worksheet from Bible Wise.

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Have them fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum  “Samuel is Called” and  “Eli and His Wicked Sons”

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These worksheets from Kids Club 4 Jesus would be good for older children.

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Have the children make the booklet “Samuel Hears from God”  from Lambsongs.

Gospel Hall also has a mini-book featuring Samuel.   Search “Samuel”.

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Have some helpers act out this story –  or the story “Hearing Problems” from Keys for Kids.

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Older kids may enjoy writing about how God speaks to them.  Use this page from Kids Talk About God.   Or have them write a news article or draw a picture about this story.

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Sing “Live a Pure Life” by the Donut Man or “Create in Me / Children of the King” by Mary Rice Hopkins.  You can get them on itunes.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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God Calls Samuel Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Samuel’s Call from 1 Samuel 3: 1 – 21.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

1 Samuel 3: 10b  “Speak. for your servant is listening.”

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Read this on-line story with your child from Bible Wise. http://www.biblewise.com/archives/2006/august/kids_korner/bible_characters/god_calls.htm

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Read the story “Most Important Call” from Keys for Kids. http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=8142

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Sing “Live a Pure Life” by the Donut Man or “Create in Me / Children of the King” by Mary Rice Hopkins.  You can get them on itunes.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/god-calls-samuel/

Hannah’s Prayer

Samuel Presented to Eli I Samuel 1:24-25

Scripture: 1 Samuel 1: 1 – 28 and 1 Samuel 2:18-21 or pages 216-217 in the Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Do you think that you can talk to God about anything?  What about things you are sad about?  Do you think He wants you to pray about things that make you angry?  Do you think He wants to hear about the things that make you happy?  

God wants us to talk to him about everything.  In fact, the Bible tells us to pray without ceasing.  That means that we should pray all the time.  He wants to hear about everything that we are doing and thinking – just like our moms and dads do. 

Our lesson today is about Hannah who was very sad about something….

 

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to 1 Samuel 1 or page 216 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Why was Hannah sad? She had no children.
  • Every year the family would go to Shiloh to the tabernacle.  What did Hannah pray there?  That if the Lord would give her a son, she would give him back to serve the Lord all of his life.
  • She promised that he would be a Nazirite and never drink wine or cut his hair.  Do you remember another son who was dedicated to the Lord as a Nazirite?  Samson. John the Baptist.
  • What did Eli, the priest think when he saw her praying silently?  He thought that she was drunk.
  • When she explained to him that she was praying with all of her heart, what did Eli say?  “Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.”
  • When you are sad, what do you think that you should do?  Pray and ask for the Lord’s help.
  • After Eli spoke to Hannah, was she still sad?  No.  She got up and went and ate and drank with her husband and wasn’t sad anymore.
  • Do you have a friend or relative who is sad or hurting? (Let the children tell about someone who needs their prayers.) Just as Eli’s prayer was a very big encouragement to Hannah,  just think how encouraging your prayers might be to that person. 
  • Did God give Hannah a baby?  Yes.  She had a boy named Samuel.
  • How old was Samuel when Hannah took him to Eli at  the tabernacle? Just old enough to feed himself.
  • Do you think that it would have been easy or hard for Hannah to take Samuel there?  Very hard. But, also she would have been excited to know that he was going to be serving God in a special way.  (Point out that there are children who live away from their parents to receive special training for the Olympics and other special things.  Hannah would have been very happy for Samuel to have the opportunity to live at the tabernacle with the priest.)
  • Why did she take him there?  She had made a promise to the Lord that she would give him back to him.  She kept her promise, didn’t she.
  • Have you ever made a bargain with the Lord?  Or have you heard of other people making bargains with the Lord?  (Explain what it means to bargain with God.)  Often people make a bargain with God – but then later they forget about their promise and they don’t follow through on it.  But, Hannah didn’t forget.  She kept her promise to the Lord. It’s important to keep the promises that we’ve made.
  • Can you think of another time in the Bible when a Son was given up?  Yes, God gave Jesus – his only son – to die for our sins.
  • How did Hannah show her love for Samuel?  She brought him a new robe each year when the family came to offer the sacrifice.
  • How did God bless Hannah for her faithfulness?  He gave her 5 other children.
  • How long did Samuel stay at the tabernacle?  All of his life.  Next week we will learn about what happened to Samuel there.  He became a very special prophet and preist.
  • Let’s pray and thank the Lord for hearing Hannah’s prayer and our prayers as well.  And let’s thank the Father for giving his Son Jesus…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

James 5:13a (KJ21) “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.” 

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Show a video of this story:

Video #1

Video #2

Video #3

Video #4

Video #5

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  color page #1 ,  color page #2 An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Make a booklet called “Hannah’s Prayer” from Lambsongs.  Scroll down.

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Have the children make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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Have younger children make this craft from Crafting the Word of God.

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Have the children make a praying hands silhouette craft like this one from DLTK ,  or this one from His  Treasure Seekers.  (scroll down)  Or this one from concordia news.

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Share this object lesson , or this one, both from Kids Sunday School.

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Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids.   Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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This lesson from world harvest church has some great ideas – like bubble prayers – for this lesson.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.  “Hannah”  and “Samuel is Born”

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Do a crossword puzzle from Sermons4Kids.

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Here is another worksheet from Bible Wise.

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Teach the children the 5 finger method of praying from Ministry to Children, or from sermons4kids.

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Sing “With All My Heart” by the Donut Man or “Pray” by Mary Rice Hopkins.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Hannah’s Prayer Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Hannah’s Prayer from 1 Samuel.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

James 5:13a (KJ21) “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.”

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Allow your child to listen to this free pod cast from Karen and Kids. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/karen-kids/id203008622?i=11878626&mt=2  Scroll down to lesson # 134.

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Read this story and do some online activities with your children at the Garden of Praise.

http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl77s.htm

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Here is another great online puzzle. http://www.biblewise.com/archives/2004/february/kids_korner/story_telling/story_telling.htm

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Make a prayer chain together and hang it in your child’s room to remind him/her to pray every day. http://www.sundayschoolcrafts.com/Prayer_Chain.html  Or make a prayer pail as this mother did. http://www.lubirdbaby.com/2009/07/prayer-pail.html

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/hannahs-prayer/