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.


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.)


  • 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….


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


Memorize the verse.

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


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.


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


Read Carey’s Comments from Kids Talk About God.


Share a video of this story:

Video #1  

Video #2  

Video #3  

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Video #7

Video #8 (Song)


My Little House has a cute craft for this lesson.


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


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


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


Younger children would enjoy this craft from hosannakids.


Have the children fill out this worksheet from Bible Wise.


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


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


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

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


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


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.


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.


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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