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.
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….
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.)
- 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…
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the verse.
James 5:13a (KJ21) “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.”
Show a video of this story:
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.
Make a booklet called “Hannah’s Prayer” from Lambsongs. Scroll down.
Have the children make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.
Have younger children make this craft from Crafting the Word of God.
Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids. Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!
This lesson from world harvest church has some great ideas – like bubble prayers – for this lesson.
Do a crossword puzzle from Sermons4Kids.
Here is another worksheet from Bible Wise.
Sing “With All My Heart” by the Donut Man or “Pray” by Mary Rice Hopkins.
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.