by Kimber Bailey Scott
1 Samuel 1:1-11, 19, 20
Someone Loves Me by Sandra Maddux
Some loves me very much (hug self)
When I’m sleeping, when I play (pretend to sleep; then clap hands)
Someone takes good care of me (point to self)
And I am happy every day! (smile)
(repeat, subbing mother, daddy, grandmother; for ‘someone,’ then whomever the kids suggest.)
Thank You, God, for giving us families. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
The Bible tells us that God made the world. The Bible says, “God is love“ Can you say those words with me? Say them louder. Say them softer.
Give each one a Bible (or share) & ask each to say, “God is love“ 1 John 4:8
Take a small baby out of your magic bag. Rock it. Say to each child, “_______, I’m happy your mommy and daddy brought you to church to learn about God’s love. I brought my baby with me today.”
Then open your Bible and read 1 John 4:8.
Sing to the tune of “farmer in the dell.”
Our God is love. Yes, our God is love.
My Bible tells me that our God is love.
When you hear your name, stand up and say the memory verse & I’ll give you a heart sticker. If a child is reluctant, simple trace the words in your bible with his finger as you say, “God is love.” God loves _______.
Have your Bible open on your lap. Cradle the baby in your arms and say, “Is my baby sleeping? Yes, people who love babies make sure they get lots of rest. Our Bible story is about a good mommy named Hannah and her baby Samuel. What was the mommy’s name? What was the baby’s name?”
The Bible tells us that Hannah was sad because she had no children. Lay your Bible aside, kneel, bow your head and fold your hands as if praying. Pretend to cry. Watch children carefully. If some seem upset, reassure them before you continue. O, dear God, this is Hannah. I’m asking You again for a baby. Please God, if You will give me a baby boy I will teach him about You and Your great love.
Sit up. Why was Hannah sad? Let children answer. Yes, because she had no baby to love. Smile. She will soon be happy though!
God heard Hannah’s prayer. God gave Hannah a beautiful baby boy! What did she name her baby?...Yes, Samuel! Put the baby in your arms. Oh how happy Hannah was that God had given her baby Samuel to care for and love!
Lead the class in acting out the story. Look sad as you kneel to pray, sit up and smile, then cradle the new baby.
Who gave baby Samuel to Hannah? God
Did God love baby Samuel? Yes. God knew baby Samuel would need a mommy to take care of him.
Did God love you? Yes! God knew you would need someone to take care of you. Who takes care of you at your house? Allow them to answer.
Does your mommy love you? Yes! She takes care of you and teaches you about God’s love.
Can you tell me one way your mommy loves and takes care of you? Help them with their answers. Examples: eat good food, takes you to the park, has clothes for you, has a bed for you, give you a bath, etc.
Need: Play dough, heart-shaped cookie cutters, spatulas, jumbo craft sticks, cookie sheets or activity trays, heart stickers
Have your Bible, play dough and accessories on the table. Hold up a cookie cutter: When we see a heart we think of love. Hold up your Bible open. The Bible says, “God is love.”
As children play, work your way around the table helping with the play dough. Show them how to make a pancake and press a cutter into the dough. Go around the table a second time with your Bible and stickers allowing children to “read” the memory verse and receive another sticker. _______, what does our memory verse say? …Yes, God is love. Here is a sticker. When someone asks why you have a sticker you can say, “God is love.”
Before class ask a mom to bring her baby to visit your classroom. If this isn’t possible, plan to tak a walk to the church nursery to view the babies.
BE SURE TO ASK PERMISSION FROM THE NURSERY TEACHERS FIRST!
As children look at the baby, comment on how little he/she is and on how much work it is to care for a baby. Adults have to work hard to take care of their babies. _____, can you name one thing your mommy or daddy does for you? Parents love their children very much and work hard to take care of them.
Heart-shaped cookie cutters
Jumbo craft sticks
Cookie sheets or activity trays