We didn't do a themed craft this week. Since it was
around Halloween time we did sketch pumpkins
1 Samuel 1 & 2
We first read the stories of Hannah wanting a baby in a rhyming
bible, and then Samuel being called by God. Then we asked a
couple review questions:
How did the story start? (Hannah wanted a Baby)
Did God give Hannah a child? (Yes)
Does God always give us what we want? (No)
Do your parents/parent always give you want you want? (No)
Do your parents make you wait till Christmas or your birthday to open
always knows what you want, and sometimes He gives it to you right
away, sometimes he makes you wait, and sometimes he doesn't give it to
you at all. In this story, Hannah really wanted a baby, but
made Hannah wait. See God had a very special plan for
child. He was going to become one to the greatest prophets
world has ever seen, but he wanted Hannah to allow this boy to grow up
in the temple. So when Hannah waited to have a baby for a
time, she told God she would give this baby to Him if He allowed her to
have a baby.
The story continues with the baby now becoming a
boy. We drew faces on our two thumbs (depending on how
you are, you can do this on the children's thumbs too). One
Samuel and one for Eli, the high priest. OK, let's put these
people to bed. (tell kids to start with a thumbs up sign for
hands, and then press their thumbs down into fists). "Samuel"
(Pop) have them lift up Samuel's thumb. Have Samuel walk over
Eli (Pop) Have Eli's thumb wake up. "I'm here Eli, you
"No, go back to bed". Have them seperate and put both thumbs
again. Repeat this again, On the third time, have
"Samuel, next time you hear a voice, say 'Here I am Lord"".
that's what happened. It was God talking to Samuel, and that
how Samuel started being a prophet.
If you want to add another
application, you can discuss the fact that there are many ways God
speaks to us. The most important and best way (and reliable)
through the Bible, but there are times we can hear him when we pray.
We didn't do any themed games this week, but if you wanted a theme game
you could do "heads-up 7-up"
We did "I like someone who"