Hi Godly Play Teachers!
Welcome to the story of Samuel, the Godly Play story scheduled for this
Sunday, October 19, based on 1 Samuel 1-28:3. You can find the script for
the story in the pink Enrichment Presentations for Fall book, p.72-77.
The story of Samuel is also very interesting to children for a couple
reasons: they relate to the idea of a child growing physically and in
relationship with God and they think about how God communicates- and
probably wish that God would call their names in an audible voice.
Themes you might want to help the children think about:
1.God answers prayer
2. You can serve God even as a child.
3.God plans to take care of you (if you want a memory verse, you could use Jeremiah 29:11)
4.God asks us to stand up for what is right, as Samuel did.
5.Obedience (Samuel obeyed God even though he was not happy about what the
people wanted-a king)
Ideas for the Make a Gift for God time:
Remember that one of the strongest parts of Godly Play is the child's ability to choose how he responds to the story. We want to give the child as many chances to have say so in what she does as possible.
Reproduce the story in some way- make pieces, such as the ark, a Baby
Samuel, robes of different sizes, (showing how Samuel grew during his
service in the temple), a sleeping mat, a crown
2. Children could make a life size drawing of themselves and caption it:
I can serve God right now! This could be done by having another child
trace around their body on butcher paper. They could draw clothes on
their body or use fabric from the resource room. Maybe they could hold
something in the drawing that gives a hint to how they can serve God
4. Children could think about how they might like to serve God in the
future. How does a doctor or teacher or engineer or scientist serve God?
They could explore this in a drawing or make a model with play clay.
5. Children could act out the story of Samuel hearing God's call and
going to Eli--and the rest of the story as well. (Be sure to video!)
6. Hannah makes Samuel a new robe each year and brings it to him in the
temple. Children could make a "robe" from a paper grocery bag as we
often do with Joseph, as shown here. (Scroll down and see the girl modeling hers!)
I hope this helps! :)