Unit: God’s Amazing Power

Session Title: Samuel’s Birth and Calling

Life Point: God wants people to pray to Him daily.

Unit Verse: “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness.” 2 Peter 1:3a

Weekly Bible Verse: “I call on You, God, because You will answer me.” Psalm 17:6a

Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 1:1-4:1

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

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Craft: God Calls Samuel
This craft is a matchbox bed that will help children remember to talk to God each night before they go to bed.
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Craft: Listening Ears
Help children create “listening ears.”
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Craft: Samuel listens to God
Children can make a pipe cleaner Samuel while they listen to the story.
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Game: Guess What You Hear?
In this game students will guess what is making the sound they hear. The game will reinforce the idea that God hears when we pray to him. Instructions are on the website below.
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Game: Telephone
Have the children sit in a circle or around the table. Start with one child and whisper one of the phrases shown below into his or her ear. Have that child whisper the same phrase into the ear of the child to his or her left, and continue around the circle until the last child is told the phrase. Then have the last child say what he or she heard out loud to see how close it was to the original phrase.

God will always hear our prayers.
It makes Jesus very happy when we pray.
If we ask anything in Jesus’ name, He will listen.
We can pray anytime morning, noon, or not.

Compare this game to how when we pray, God hears exactly what we mean to say, even when we don’t say it exactly the way we want.
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