Aim: to learn about David. Introduction: Many of God’s chosen leaders learned to pray as children. King David learned to commune with God as a young shepherd boy on the hills of Judea. One of the things that King David is known for in the Bible is his praise and worship. Much of the book of Psalms (songs of praises) was written by him. Taken from the BB Juniors Pro Pack S-2-9
• Strips of card to make crowns
• Some fun fitness tasks set up — hoops, skipping rope etc.
• A small bag with 5 smooth stones
• A Bible
Activity 3 only
• White crayon
• Black and white paper
• Cotton wool balls
• Hole punch
• Black marker
• Thin ribbon
• Pink post it heart shaped notes
Read I Samuel 16:7 (NIV)
But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart”
I love playing sports. Do you?
I like to play team games like football and rounders. The first thing you do in team games is to choose two teams. Two team captains take it in turns to choose players for each team.
How do the captains go about choosing players? Do they choose the most popular kids? Do they choose the coolest? Do they choose the ones who have the newest games consoles? No they chose players based on their fitness and skill. They choose children who will help them win the game. It is not important what they look like or how cool they are.
I have been one of the people that the team captains didn’t pick until there was only me left I wasn’t that good at hitting balls or shooting goals. I wasn’t the fastest or the fittest but I was keen, I loved playing and I knew that if one of them just chose me l would help them to win.
In the Bible story today, God has decided to choose a new King for Israel. He told Samuel the Prophet to go in to Bethlehem to the house of Jesse, where one of Jesse’s sons was going to be the next king of Israel. When Samuel got to Jesses house he asked him to bring out his sons so that God could tell him which one He had chosen. As each of Jesse’s sons came to him, God told Samuel that he was not the one. Samuel couldn’t understand, each of them were handsome and strong.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
‘There is still the youngest’ Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said. 5end for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a line appearance and handsome features.
Then the LORD said, ‘Rise and anoint him; this is the one.’
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David.
He wasn't the oldest, or the tallest, or the strongest. He was just a shepherd boy.
But when God looked at David, He saw a king. Why? Because God does not look on outward appearances, God looks at the heart.
• Think about the times when you judge people by their appearance, by how they look, the clothes they wear, and the way they speak.
• Sometimes you may think that they are too young or too simple to do anything important for God. If you ever think like this remember the story of David. When people looked at David, they saw a shepherd boy -
when God looked at David. He saw a king.
• Using the materials given ask the children to make crowns — that signify that David was God’s anointed King.
Activity 2 - Where Does Our Strength Come From ?
To understand that our strength is from God using the story of David and Goliath
Read through Samuel 17 — pick as much of the story as you feel is appropriate.
• Set up a choice of fun fitness tasks such as: keeping a hoop going round your waist: rolling a hoop along and catching it before it falls; skipping alone, or with two others turning the rope. Or, if one of the children trains with a sports team, ask them to lead you all in warm-up exercises.
• Comment how these and other exercises can help us get fit and strong, but that in today’s Bible story, the main character does not need to exercise: God makes him strong!
• What do you think is in this bag? Let one of the children take the bag and look inside. Let the child describe the stones. Ask if it reminds anyone of a Bible story that they know. When I look at these five stones it makes me remember the story of David and Goliath.
• Does anyone know the story of how a young boy called David fought and killed a giant warrior named Goliath? Goliath was more than nine feet tall! How tall do you think that is. (you can pick a point where the children can visualise how tall nine feet is). He wore a suit of armour that was made of bronze metal which weighed more than any of you and he had a sword and spear.
• David was a young shepherd boy who looked after his family’s sheep. He did not wear armour and he did not have either a sword or a spear? David’s weapon was a sling shot and the five smooth stones which he picked up from a nearby stream. David was angry that Goliath had been rude about his people and his God — so he went out against Goliath. A small boy against a giant But because God was with him David was able to defeat the giant Goliath - who all the soldiers of the Israelite army were afraid of.
• David did not trust in himself to defeat the giant When Goliath shouted at David and was ready to kill him, David said, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty.” (1 Samuel 17:45 NIV)
• When you need strength, put your trust in God, not in your own ability.
Finish with a prayer
Just as you gave David the strength to face Goliath in battle
we know that when we put our trust in You, You will give us the strength
to overcome difficult things in our daily life.
Activity 3 - David The Shepherd And His Fluffy Hand Sheep
To get the children to make sheep linking David being a simple shepherd and the way Jesus calls Himself the Shepherd.
Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13
• Use a white crayon to trace around your hand onto the black paper then cut out the hand shape.
• Cover the palm of the hand and the base of the thumb and fingers with glue. then stick on cotton wool balls to make the hand look like a sheep.
• Next use the hole punch to make an eye for the sheep from the white paper and draw a dot in the centre of the eye for a pupil with a black marker pen.
• Glue the eye to the middle of the thumb.
• Tie a small piece of thin ribbon around the base of the thumb to form the sheep’s neck and tie it in a bow.
• Write on a heart shaped post it and slick it on the back of the sheep - The Lord is my shepherd- Psalm 23
For full details see the BB Junior Pro Pack S2-9