BEFORE THE GATHERING – PREPARE
- If your child likes to color and do activity sheets, print off the Bible story coloring pages and activity sheet.
- Have your child find 1 Samuel 16. Remind them that we have been studying books in the “History” division of the Old Testament. Remind your child(ren) that the Book of 1 Samuel is the fourth book of Old Testament History. See how many books from the Old Testament History your child can name. (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther)
During the gathering – worship & Learn Together
AFTER THE GATHERING
WATCH TOGETHER – PreS/K
- Samuel was sent to find the next King. Whose family was he sent to? Jesse. (Remind them of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Their son Obed was the father of Jesse.)
- Who was the final King to come from Jesse’s line? Jesus
- Where did Jesse live? Bethlehem
- What was Samuel’s criteria for choosing a king? Tall and good looking.
- What was God’s criteria for the next king? A good heart.
- How many of Jesse’s sons passed before Samuel that weren’t chosen? Seven.
- Where was David? Tending the sheep.
- Why didn’t Jesse have him come before Samuel with the other brothers? Because David was still a boy. He didn’t think Samuel would want to see a boy.
- But, who did God choose to be king? David!
- Do you ever think that God might choose you to do something special for Him? (Let them ponder that for a few moments.) He might if you have a heart for the Lord like David did.
- Samuel anointed David with oil to show that he would be the next king, but David wouldn’t be king right away. It would happen in God’s timing several years later. David was also a foreshadowing of Jesus – our perfect heavenly King.
- How were David and Jesus like each other? David was a shepherd of sheep, and Jesus is our shepherd. Jesus came from David’s family and both were born in Bethlehem. David was the king of Israel. Jesus is the King of all.
Whom would you choose?
Explain that you will announce a task. Kids must name someone they would choose to complete the task. Consider these suggestions — Whom would you choose to …
- guide you up a mountain?
- help you with your homework?
- play on your basketball team?
- make your lunch?
- watch a movie with?
- pray with you?
- ride bikes with?
Connect to the Bible story: God chose someone unlikely to be Israel’s next king. Because David was the youngest and smallest, no one thought he would be a good king. God looks at our hearts and calls us to be His followers. Through Him, we can accomplish whatever He calls us to do!
Oil & Water Jar Craft
Supplies: Plastic bottles or jars, water, liquid food coloring, vegetable oil, glue (optional but recommended if you have small kids and you need to seal the jar after you have finished the project)
- Fill half of the jar (or bottle) with water and add a few drops of the food coloring of your choice and mix together.
- Add oil to the jar.
- Give them a good shake and see what happens.
Connect to the Bible story: Samuel poured oil on David’s head as a sign that he was chosen by God to be the next king of Israel.
MEMORIZE TOgethER: PSALM 19:1-4a & 7-12
Psalm 19:1-4a, 7-8
Psalm 19:1-4a, 7-9
God, thank you for loving us enough to know us inside and out. Thank you for having amazing plans for us, just as you did for David. Give us willing hearts so we can do great things for you.In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Listen to the Grace Kids PreS/K Spotify playlist
Listen to the Grace Kids spotify playlist