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Let’s find out more about David’s journey from Shepherd to King!
Our aim today is to know that we can seek God ourselves and gain strength from him.
We will find out more next Sunday in our Game Changers Zoom Call!
Let’s start with some fun from the Professor!
MARK THE MOMENT
Take it in turns to share two things you are thankful for!
WORSHIP (8 MINS)
Let’s celebrate God’s love for us today!
INTRO (15 MINS)
Watch: A reading of 1 Samuel 30 with illustrations (4.5 mins, watch below!)
Read the Bible: 1 Samuel 30:1-25
Re-tell the main parts of the story to a younger child. Help your older child to find it and look at it together.
Quick Unpack: (2-5 mins) Keep it simple for younger ones.
David was still hiding from King Saul, and now his family had been taken and all his men were super mad with him! It seemed like everything was going wrong.
BUT David didn’t give up, he didn’t despair, he didn’t panic…
He found strength in God and he saw God do amazing things – their families were rescued and David grew stronger in kindness and wisdom!
Share any ways you find strength in God during tough times with your child!
Fun Activities (5-15 mins)
Strength games! It’s fun and great to be strong in our bodies, but it’s even better to be strong in the Lord!
- Who can carry the most books or toys across the room?
- Who can do the most press ups, squats or sit ups in 30 seconds?
- Who can hold a plank or stand on one leg the longest?
- Who can hold their breath for 20 seconds?
- Who can say the BIBLE BITE the quickest? 1 Samuel 16:7 ‘God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart.’
- Or have a family arm wrestling contest!
Get strong in the Lord ‘weights’:
- Use the template; decorate and cut out two card circles. You could decorate with patterns, 1 Samuel 30:6, and ideas of what it means to find strength in God: trust in God, be filled with Holy Spirit, spend time with Jesus, pray in tongues, ask God for help, read bible…
- Make holes in the centre of each circle. Then either use a straw (if you have any), or roll a piece of card up tightly to stick through the middle of each circle to make it into a dumbbell weight. Fold then ends over and secure with tape.
Just as a weight lifter practices lifting their weights to get stronger, we need to keep practicing trusting God, asking for help, praying, listening to him, being filled with his love… to get stronger in him.
Reach out: We can help others be strong too! Do you know someone who is in need of God’s strength and help? You could make them a card or bookmark of a bible verse that helps you stay strong in God, to encourage and inspire them! Don’t forget to pray for them too!
Resources: Pdf template, scissors, pens, glue/tape, paper and card, straws,
Prayer Ideas: (5-10 mins)
- Let’s get strong: lift your ‘weights’ and remind your child that God has promised to always be with us: Deuteronomy 31:6. We can always ask him for help and strength. Is there anything you need to see God’s help and strength in? Pray together about these things and seek God’s strength and ideas!
- Speak it out: make up some declarations to say together whilst lifting your ‘weights’, such as ‘I am strong in the Lord!’, ‘Nothing is impossible with God’s strength’, ‘God is always with me!’, ‘There is a way forward’, ‘I can help others find God’s strength’…
WHAT’S THE GAME CHANGING MOMENT
I can be strong in the Lord, no matter what happens!
Share your art with us. Show us your weights, or bible verses. How does it feel to be strong in the Lord?
NEXT WEEK we will explore more in our Zoom Call! We can’t wait to see you!
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