The focus of this family time is to use five easy steps to teach your family that Hannah trusted God and sent Samuel away from home to serve God with his whole life. God sent Jesus from heaven to earth to be our Savior. Just as Samuel used God’s words to tell people about God, Jesus—the Word who became flesh—perfectly shows us what God is like.
Learn the Memory Verse together and say it throughout the week to help your family remember and apply what they have learned.
Use this time to begin Family Worship Night and have fun!
- In the Trust Fall activity, one person has to fall on purpose while the other has to catch him.
- Let your kid stand with another partner in an opposite direction. One of the partners has to stand in front of the other and make his body go stiff. He has to give a signal that he is about to fall backwards. As the kid falls, the partner has to catch him gently and prevent him from hitting the ground.
- Talk about Hannah’s trust in God to answer her prayer and her devotion to give her son back to God for His use. Ask kids to think about why Hannah trusted God so much and how we can grow in our trust of Him.
STEP 2. WORSHIP!
- Sing and have fun while worshiping then pray. Take a moment here to thank God for your family and your time together!!
STEP 4. DISCUSSION!
Use these questions and points to have a conversation with your children about the Bible story.
- Have you ever heard a newborn baby crying? The crying can be really loud and sometimes hurts your ears, but a baby’s cries are actually very useful. When you become a parent, you learn how to respond to the baby’s cries and soothe them. You discover which cry means the baby is hungry, which cry means they’re hurting, and which cry means they need a diaper change—although your nose will probably tell you before your ears! A good parent will listen for their cry and respond to it.
- Hannah was heartbroken about not having a child. She would go with her husband to the tabernacle, and she would pray, “Lord, if You give me a son, I will dedicate him to You. He will serve You all of his life.” Like a newborn who cries for her parents, Hannah cried out to God for help in her time of need. God heard her and gave her a son, Samuel. Samuel would grow to serve God just as Hannah had promised.
- Psalm 34:17 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.” Whatever we need, we can ask God for help. He is a loving Father who hears us and responds to us. He may not answer the way we expect or want, but we can always trust in His plans for us.
- Hannah trusted God and sent Samuel away from home to serve God with his whole life. God sent Jesus from heaven to earth to be our Savior. Just as Samuel used God’s words to tell people about God, Jesus—the Word who became flesh—perfectly shows us what God is like.
- Pray: We praise You, God, for being a loving, patient, and attentive Father. Thank You for hearing us when we cry out to You. Help us to trust that You will hear us and provide for our needs. Thank You for Jesus—the Savior who provides for our greatest need!