105 & 106 - A baby for Hannah & Small boy leaves home


15 minute Story planner

1 Samuel 1–2
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor pages 125–127

1. Setting the scene  - 2 mins 
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' cards one to five

2. Starter question - 1 min  
Do you like to help out doing jobs around your house? Do you tidy up your bedroom or sometimes lay the table? Can you imagine helping to look after somebody else’s house?  For many years a boy called Samuel helped out in God’s house. God’s house was in Shiloh. Samuel was just a small boy when his mother took him to work alongside Eli the Priest. 

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • ‘Please don’t forget me, God,’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • Two or three coats
  • A scroll made out of a piece of paper to represent God’s law

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4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - A game about Samuel working in God's house

You will need: 
A small rolled-up mat (a pillow case would make a good substitute)
A battery operated tea light
A plastic bowl
A cloth
A coat (an adult sized coat would be fine)
A dust pan and brush
Four or five pieces of scrap paper spread on the floor
A digital device with a stop watch

1. Tell the story and play the following game. Explain to the children that we don’t know exactly what jobs Samuel did but we know that on some occasions he opened the doors to God’s house.
2. Explain to the children that they are going to take it in turns to complete a list of tasks. The child who completes them in the fastest time is the winner.
3.  Ask for a volunteer and tell them the order in which you would like the tasks completed i.e. unroll the mat and place it on the floor, clean the bowl with the cloth, put on the coat, sweep up the scraps, roll-up the mat, take off the coat, switch on the tea-light and open the door (the action of opening the door could simply be mimed).
4. Time the volunteer as they complete the list of jobs.
5. Encourage a second volunteer to have a go at completing the tasks in the same order. Compare how long each volunteer took to complete the challenges. 

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God we think about the story. We imagine Hannah, sad and troubled. Father we picture her coming as close as she could to the covenant chest and praying with great longing that she would one day have a family of her own. Father help us to remember that we too can come close to you and tell you exactly how we feel.

Father we thank you that, after Hannah had prayed, she felt much, much better. Thank you that we can trust that you will also do what is right for us in the midst of our troubles.

Father we think about Samuel growing up in your special place. We think about how close he was to the precious covenant chest day after day. Father help us to remember that you are always with us, wherever we are, whatever we are doing. Amen. 

With younger children, or during a shorter session you may wish to select just one or two phrases from the reflective prayer.

Alongside this story, make the craft...

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