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Toddlers/K4-K5

HANNAH

NO LESSON – Classes will meet at the play area by the swings. Dinner will be provided. Teachers will be honored after dinner.

HANNAH

LESSON 2: GIVEN TO THE LORD

Lessons in this series:  1     Overview

Children learn the importance of giving themselves to the Lord at an early age, and dedicating their lives to honoring God in everything that they do.

TOPICS

Child of God, Commitment, Hannah, Honor God, Priorities, Promises, Sacrifice, Samuel

AS KIDS ARRIVE (10 minutes)

Hannah Dedicates Samuel to the Lord (Puzzle) Click here

OPENING PRAYER AND PRAISE (5 minutes)

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MEMORY WORK (10 minutes)

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 NIV

Have the kids sit in a circle, and call out one name. That child will say the first part of the verse, “And whatever you do.” The child to his or her left (clockwise) must say the second part of the verse, “Whether in word or deed.” The child to his or her left (the third child) must say the third part of the verse, “Do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Finally, the next child to the left will say, “Giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Have all the children say the reference after completing to verse. Repeat several times starting with different children until everyone has a chance to say part of the verse.

SCRIPTURE READING AND DISCUSSION (15 minutes)

Introduction:
Last week we learned how Hannah prayed to God for a son. God answered Hannah’s prayer, and finally gave her the wonderful son she desired. Later she said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now, I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28. Samuel then went to the house of the Lord at Shiloh, and worshipped God there with Eli the priest.

Read 1 Samuel 1:21-28 (Hannah Dedicates Samuel)

Discussion Questions:
1. What are some things we can dedicate? (Talents, money, time, energy, etc.)
2. What does it mean to dedicate something? (To dedicate something means that we set it apart for a special purpose and for the benefit of others.)
3. How can a person dedicate his or her whole life to the Lord? (Allow for responses.)
4. Why, at first, did Hannah refuse to go to the Temple to keep her vows? (She wanted to make sure the child was weaned and ready to leave her care. She did not stay home because she forgot God, but because she wanted to honor God with a healthy child.)
5. Why is it important to keep your promises to God? (Allow for responses.)
6. Hannah knew what truly belonged to God. Do you think we sometimes forget what belongs to God? Explain. (We must realize that all good things come from God, and they are all gifts from Him. Therefore, we should never take anything for granted. Instead, we should honor God by acknowledging that everything belongs to Him, and our lives are a blessing.)
7. Do you think you could have kept your promise in the same way as Hannah? What would make it difficult? (Not being with her child, it would be a lifelong commitment.)

CLASS EXERCISE (15 minutes)

Dedication Necklace (Craft) Click here

ALTERNATE CLASS EXERCISE (20 minutes)

Dedicating Yourself to the Lord (Skit) Click here

APPLICATION (5 minutes)

When we talk about dedicating things to the Lord, we have a wonderful example in Hannah. She asked God for a son, and promised that if He gave her one, she would dedicate him to God for all of his life. It was no doubt difficult for Hannah to let go of her son, and give him back to the Lord, but she kept her promise. She wanted to honor and glorify God.

Likewise, it is sometimes hard for us to dedicate our lives to the Lord. However, we must remember that everything we have is a gift from God. Our families, our homes, our talents, our education, our jobs when we grow up, and even our whole lives are gifts from God. Therefore, we should dedicate all that we have back to the Lord for His glory and honor. To do this, we need to give the right priorities and balance to our responsibilities. For example, we should not be spending too much time at church if it means neglecting the needs or our families. Likewise, we should not enjoy the company of our friends too much if it means skipping our homework. Everything we do and the amount of effort we give should always be to please God.

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CLOSING PRAYER (2 minutes)

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TAKE HOME PAGE

Give one copy to each child at the end of the class to take home. Click here for NIV or KJV [PDF]

SAMUEL

NO LESSON – Classes will meet at the play area by the swings. Dinner will be provided. Teachers will be honored after dinner.

THE PROPHET SAMUEL

LESSON 2: THE LORD CALLS SAMUEL

Lessons in this series:  1     3   Overview

In this lesson, children learn that God speaks to us today in many different ways. He speaks to us through the Bible, through other people—such as preachers and teachers, and through the wonderful world that He created. 

TOPICS

Following God, Guidance, Listening, Samuel, Word of God

AS KIDS ARRIVE (10 minutes)

The Lord Calls Samuel (Coloring Page) Click here

WORSHIP TIME (5 minutes)

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BIBLE VERSE (5 minutes)

“Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:9 NIV
Take a moment to explain to the children that God speaks to us in many different ways today. He speaks to us through the Bible, through other people—such as preachers and teachers, and through the wonderful world that He created for us. 

BIBLE STORY (15 minutes)

Gather the children around you in preparation for story time. After the introduction, read the story about the Lord calling Samuel right from the Bible. If possible, use a Children’s Bible so it will be easier for the kids to understand.

Introduction:
Our story today describes how Samuel was eager to serve God with his whole heart from a very young age. 

Read 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Discussions Questions:
1. Who did Samuel minister before while he was still just a boy? (The Lord.)
2. What happened as Samuel began to go to sleep for the night? (The Lord called out, “Samuel.”)
3. What did Samuel do when he heard his name called? (Answered “Here I am” and ran to Eli.)
4. How many times did this happen before Eli realized it was the Lord calling Samuel? (Three)
5. What did Eli tell Samuel to do the next time the Lord called? (Eli told Samuel to say “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”)
6. Was Samuel obedient? (Yes, he answered the Lord, just as Eli had instructed)
7. How can we tell when God is speaking to us today? (Allow for discussion.)

Take a moment to explain to the children that we should be obedient just like Samuel, who at a very young age listened to God and followed God with his whole heart.

FUN TIME (10 minutes)

What Do You Hear? (Activity) Click here

PRAYER/SNACK (10 minutes)

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Thank God for calling all of us to follow Him and for providing the means for us to enjoy a tasty snack.

CLOSING ACTIVITY (5-10 minutes)

As the children wait to be picked up, have them draw a picture of themselves listening for God’s instructions.

NEXT WEEK

Come back next week to hear about the big job God gives Samuel.

TAKE HOME PAGE

Give one copy to each child at the end of the class to take home [PDF]. Click here