1. Students should be able to tell the story of Samuel’s birth and his childhood in the temple.
  2. Students should understand that God spoke to Samuel and called him to his life work, and He will do the same for us.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Scripture Reference: I Kingdoms/I Samuel 1, 2:18-20, 3 (whole chapter).


  1. Learning Game: Jeopardy. Make 3 categories: People, Things, Numbers

People: Samuel, Eli, Hannah, Elkanah

Things: Robe, Bull, Ark, Temple

Numbers: Two (sons of Eli), Four (times God called), 12 months (new robe), Three (how old Samuel was)

Students choose a category and number from 1-4 and have to come up with a question to go with the answer. If they cannot, play passes to the next student.


  1. Discussion: Discuss other mothers and sons from the Bible: Sarah and Isaac, Rebekah and Jacob. Review their stories. Who else was old and prayed for a son? Do you remember the stories of Anna and baby Mary, Elizabeth and John, and Mary and Jesus from the New Testament? Who else gave her child to be raised in the temple?

Samuel is known as the last of the judges and the first of the prophets. What is a prophet? A prophet is a person called by God to deliver His message to His people.How did God speak to Samuel as a boy? How does He speak to us? Did Samuel know immediately that it was the Lord speaking? How did he find this out? How can we tell if God is speaking to us?

  1. Make a “Tiny Tunic”: Take a small rectangle of fabric. Fold in half and cut hole for head. Use piece of yarn or ribbon for the belt. Make a tiny hanger of pipe cleaner just like a clothes hanger if you want.


  1. Close with prayer. Ask God to speak to the students and to guide their lives.