We will study Saul for 4 lessons (2 weeks). The story of how Saul became king is a great chance to emphasize obedience. To start with, the Israelites (I just refer to them as “the people”) want a king like all their neighbors. Even though God is their king, they want one they can see and show off to others. God warns them, through Samuel, that a king will be harsh to them. They still want a king. So God gives them tall, handsome Saul.
Saul turns out to be a bad king. He disobeys God several times (I don’t go into the specifics with this age). God tells Saul he and his family will no longer be the kings of Israel. This troubles Saul. David is brought in to play music for him.
My lesson plan is:
This Little Light Of Mine — Turn on battery candle. Use it to remind the kids to behave.
Read Life of a king Flip Chart . This flip chart discusses things kings do and the help they get from others (gardener, jeweler, soldier, brick layer, artist, advisors, cupbearer)
Sing: We Want A King (Click here to learn song).
Read Saul Flip Chart. This flip chart is just 6 pages long, but it covers the basics.
Introduce new attendance charts — crowns (they are flat and on the wall for now, they will eventually get to wear them and take them home) made of wonderfoam. Each time the child comes he/she will get to place a crown (wonderfoam self-sticking stars) on their crown. This attendance chart will last about 6 weeks. This week the attendance charts are not on the wall. I still need to decorate the walls, so I didn’t really know where the attendance charts are going to be. I’ll just pass them out and take them back up again.
Move to Storytime area (floor)with Bibles — Call each child one at a time and place a pillow on the floor where that child is to sit. After he/she is seated, call the next child up.
Flannelgraph story — Saul becomes King
Let the kids choose their favorite songs to sing.
Return to seats.
Discuss manners in the auditorium.