School is In – Let’s Talk About Two Bible Heroes
SONG – When the Lord Says ‘Go!’
When the Lord says GO, don’t say “no!”
When the Lord says GO, don’t say “no!”
Jonah ran, away from God’s plan.
He got eaten by a whale, oh my!
When robbers beat and left a man,
Good thing a Samaritan was passing by!
When the Lord says GO …
STORY – David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
Hey there, I’m Pastor Fish. I want to tell you the story of David and Goliath. David was Jesse’s youngest son. One day, David delivered food to his brothers who were battling the Philistines—an army that had come to fight the Israelites. He heard a huge Philistine shouting and making fun of them. “Who is that man?” asked David. They told him about Goliath, the mighty warrior. No one could defeat him! But David wasn’t afraid of the giant. When King Saul heard of David’s bravery, he called David.
Because the king had a problem and he thought David could help. David said “Don’t you worry. I’ll take care of that giant.” Saul reminded him that he was a little minnow against a really big fish. But with faith, David replied, “God will help me.”
Saul gave David his armor and weapons. But they were too big for David. So without any armor, David went to face the giant.
Minnows: Oh, no!
Don’t worry! He stopped by a stream to pick up some stones and placed them in his bag. When he stood before Goliath, the giant shouted: “Am I a dog that you come at me with sticks?”
David gazed up at Goliath and replied, “You come against me with weapons, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty. This is not my battle alone. It’s God’s battle!” Then David put a stone in his sling and swung it around and around until the sling whistled. The stone whistled through the air and struck Goliath right in the middle of his forehead. The giant fell to the ground lifeless.
Just as David trusted in God to help him with his problem, we can trust in God to help us with our problems. What did it take, to go against Goliath?
Minnows: Faith! Courage! Trust!
When we have a problem that seems very big, who do we want to be like?
Minnows: David! Yeah!
Okay, school’s out for now. See you next time!
STORY – Daniel and the Lion’s Den (Daniel 6)
I’m Pastor Fish. Ready for a story? I want to tell you the story of Daniel in the Lion’s den.
Minnows: What’s a lion?
Well, imagine a scary sea lion. It can eat you. Lions ate people!
Daniel was thrown into the Lions’ cave because he was praying to God, and the ruler in the land didn’t want anyone to pray to God. But because Daniel prayed to God for protection in the lions’ den, they didn’t eat Daniel!
So remember, little fish, when times get scary you can always pray to God who will hear you, because God is your friend. Okay, school’s out for now. See you next time!
- Review: We Always Review our “Golden Rule Rhyme.” Say together (substitute ‘Sunday school’ for something else such as ‘bible school’ where needed):
“As we gather in Sunday school, we will follow the Golden Rule.
To each other be kind and true , as we want to be treated too!”
- Imagine: Imagine going up against someone so very big. How did David feel?
- Doing and Being: How would we define hero? What about the small ways we can be heroes, for people we care about (our communities of concern).
- Bible Savvy: What do these two stories have in common? What’s the deeper meaning? What can the Bible teach us? Can we think of other hero stories in the Bible?
- Drawing [Material: paper, crayons] Draw your hero.
- Crafty Lion [paper, string, glue, pencil] [Draw a circle in the middle of a page. Draw in some eyes and a big wet nose. Add whiskers and mane using yarn and glue. You’ve made a lion. Share with the group. What is your lion’s name? Why didn’t it eat Daniel?
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