We opened up our lesson on prayer with a paper bag full of noisemakers. With my hand concealed by the bag, I would grab an egg shaker and shake it or clink a couple of spoons together or set off the ring tone on my phone. The kids tried to guess what was making the noise. We talked about how God recognizes the sound of our voice. He knows us and hears us no matter how loud or quiet we pray and even if we feel like God can't see us.
Today's Bible story came from 1 Samuel, chapter 1:
Hannah wanted to have a baby so badly. When she saw other moms playing with their babies she thought about how much she wanted a baby and would cry. Her husband Elkanah tried to comfort her, but she was still sad. She prayed to God about her sadness. The priest, Eli, told her that God heard her prayer. What Eli said helped Hannah to be peaceful. And, guess what? God answered Hannah's prayer! She had a son named Samuel!
The kids who were at church today were sent home with strips of paper to make a craft at home. If your family was away from Sanctuary on this beautiful holiday weekend, you can still reiterate this lesson at home by cutting 7, 1 inch strips of paper and working on the craft detailed in the post before this one. Enjoy!
A note about signing in: Next week, I'll have the phone numbers of all Sanctuary parents logged in my phone. As long as I am teaching preschool, you will no longer need to write down your phone number on the sign-in sheet.