by Kimber Bailey Scott
Genesis 4:1-2, 1 Samuel 17:12-20, 1 Samuel 1:1-11, 19-20
SING: I love God (tune: Fara Shaka)
I love God. I love God. Yes, I do. Yes, I do. (2x)
RHYME: Someone Loves Me
Someone love 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 & whomever the child suggests for ‘someone’)
Invite the children to sit on a blanket you’ve spread out. We’re sitting on our blanket today. I wonder if we will go on another picnic. Pull out the picnic basket or sack. Would you like to go on another picnic? Ok! Let’s see what we have in our basket today. Pull the basket close to you. Pull out your Bible and turn to 1 John 4:8 and the big red heart. This is my Bible; I’ll open it wide and see what is written on the inside! “God is love.” Say those words with me –“God is love.” Every time I pull out a big red heart you say the Bible verse with me. Pull out a heart. “God is love.” Great!
Our Bible tells us about a woman who was sad. Pull out sad Hannah and place her on the board. Do you remember her name?...Yes, Hannah. She talked to God and He gave her a little baby boy to love. Turn Hannah over; place Samuel next to her. His name was (pause)…Samuel. You are right. God loved Samuel and He knew Samuel would need a good mommy. Pull out a red heart. “God is love.”
Our bible tells us about a daddy named Jesse. Remove Hannah and Samuel; put Jesse on the board. He loved his sons and wanted to be sure they had enough food so he sent his son (pause) David to take food to his big brothers. Put David and bundle up. God knew children would need someone to love and help take care of them. Pull out heart. “God is love.”
Our bible tells us about the first family God made. Remove Jesse, David & bundle; put up family. Let’s see if we can remember their names. The daddy…Adam, the mommy…Eve, and the children…Cain and Abel. Super! God gives us families to love and take care of us. Pull out heart. “God is love.” Let’s thank God again. Pray. Thank You, God, for loving us so much that you gave us families to love and take care of us.
Move quickly through this activity. Call a child by name; the child stands and answers one of the questions below. Give the child a sticker and have him remain standing. When all children are standing, do the rhyme, “Someone loves me.”
Does God love you?
Does your mommy love you? Who gave you a mommy?
Does your daddy love you? Who gave you a daddy?
Does your family love you? Who gave you a family?
Be very careful when asking these questions. You should know the home situation of each of the kids. Sub grandmother or stepmom when appropriate.
The Bible tells us that God loves us. The Bible says, “God is love.“ 1 John 4:8 Can you say those words with me? Say them louder. Say them softer.
Hold up a cookie. Who can tell me what shape this cookie is? What does a heart makes us think about? Yes, ____, God’s love. Let’s say our Bible verse together. One, two, three…”God is love.” Let children help pass out paper towels, cookies, and jumbo craft sticks. Explain that they will spread frosting on their cookies and then eat them.
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 the open Bible. 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 then press a cutter into the dough. Go around the table a second time with your Bible and stickers allowing children to “read” the words and receive a sticker. _____, what do our Bible verse say? Yes, God is love. Here is a sticker. When someone asks why you have a sticker you can say, “God is love.”
Read a book about God is love.
Flannel covered board
Picnic basket or sack filled with the following: Bible with heart marking 1 John 4:8, 4 large red felt
hearts, flannel figures and heart stickers
Heart shaped cookies
Jumbo craft sticks
Clean up supplies
Heart shaped cookie cutters
Jumbo craft sticks