God Helps Us When We Are Afraid and Ashamed
David faces the giant Goliath
Learning goal: Each child will find peace and security by faith in Jesus.
Preparation: Gather some smooth stones that children can write on.
Read or tell by memory the story of David and Goliath from 1 Samuel 17:20-51. If possible, have an older child read it to the others. Then ask the children questions about how God’s power overcomes fear and shame:
¨ What was David doing while his older brothers were fighting in the army?
¨ What did David learn to do while he watched his father’s sheep?
¨ What complaint did David’s older brother make when David came to the battlefield?
¨ Why did David refuse to wear Saul’s armor when he went out to fight?
¨ Who made David strong when he went out against the giant, Goliath?
¨ How did God help a young boy to kill a giant that was frightening people?
Activity: Defeat our fears
on a large piece of paper some
fears that people have.
children write on the stones words
that describe God.
the children throw the stones at
the paper target with their fears written on it.
Something to think about: The stones remind us of God's power to protect weak people. The stone that David hurled at Goliath was small but God made it powerful.
The Shelter of the Most High. Let four children read, say by memory, or sing the four parts of Psalm 91 (verses. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12):
who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge
and my fortress,
will cover you with his feathers
You will not fear the terror of the night,
the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
A thousand may fall at your side, ten
thousand at your right hand,
he will command his angels concerning you
They will lift you up in their hands,
Dramatize the story of David and Goliath from 1 Samuel 17:1-51.
¨ Arrange with worship leaders to present the drama to the adults.
¨ If time is limited, skip the less important parts of the story.
¨ Some children should act like Philistines, others
like Israelite soldiers.
¨ Practice until everyone knows what to do and say.
When the narrator comes to a next part of the story, the actors say the words and act out the actions of the person in the Bible.
Narrator: Read those parts of the story that are not spoken, and pause to let actors act out their parts. Have two children stand in for Jesse and the King.
Goliath Carry a stick (to represent a spear) and shout loudly and angrily.
David: Pretend to use a sling, which was a leathern pouch that held a stone, with two attached cords. One would swing it in a circle above his head, then let go of one cord to release the stone.
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