2) Songs: Start the Story Hour with the learning our names song. Go around the circle or table and introduce each child.
(sing to the tune of “The More we get together”
Thank you God for (name)
For (name), for (name)
Thank you God for (name)
We’re glad (s) he is here!
3) Prayer... ask God to show us how he wants US to serve him.
4) Theme: Remind the children of the theme of the unit: God works among his covenant people to prepare the world for the Savior. Hebrews 12:1&2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded
by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us… look to Jesus.” Tell them that they are going to hear a Bible Story again today that shows how God works through Samuel. His mother had no children and prayed for a son. When God gave her Samuel, she gave Samuel back into God’s service and God used Samuel to bring his word to the Israelites.
5) Bible Story: Today’s Story is about Samuel. Read pages 142-148 from the Read and Learn Bible (Scholastic).
6) Text: Today’s Text is: And Hannah prayed and said, “There is none holy like the Lord, there is none besides thee; there is no rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2
- Promise Pocket… Before the lesson, draw a shirt template on a sheet of paper and put today’s text underneath. Draw a pocket shape. At craft time, allow the children to color and decorate their shirts and glue on the pockets. In the pocket, put slips of paper that say: “Hannah promised to return her son to the Lord to serve God as long as he lives.” “God promises us…” (ask the children for ideas!) and “I can keep my promises, too!” If you are not the artistic type, here is a basic shirt drawing you could use:http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/379063/2/istockphoto_379063-t-shirt-template.jpg
- God calls Samuel... Each child gets one sheet of construction paper for the base, one square of a different color for the blanket and a small square for a pillow. Glue pillow on base. Glue bottom edge only of blanket. This craft is really nice if you make it with fabric scraps, too. Make Samuel puppet by coloring picture of Samuel, gluing to heavy paper and attaching to popsicle stick. Children can then replay the calling of Samuel by popping him out of bed when the Lord calls his name.
8) Closing Prayer... say the Lord's prayer together with the children
9) Going Home: Sing the closing together. Then, check to see if all the children have collected their crafts and coloring sheets before they go home. Say goodbye and tell them that you enjoyed learning about God together and were happy to have them today! You were, weren’t you?
(sung to the tune of The More we Get Together,
just like the opening song)
We love to learn together,
We love to learn together
And give thanks to God.
Also can be sung with: “sing” or “pray” or “work”
10) Optional Coloring Sheets