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Materials: Blindfold, objects to use for an obstacle course

Preparation: Set up an obstacle course in a room or outside. Blindfold your child before they see the obstacle course.

Presentation: Say, Today, I’ve set up an obstacle course and I’m going to help you get through it safely. I want you to trust me to get you through this obstacle course. I’m going to give you verbal commands but cannot touch you.

At the end of the activity, say: Our volunteers were not worried about getting to the end of the obstacle course safely because they chose friends they trusted to help them. When they had to make a choice about which direction to turn or how to get over an obstacle, they knew they could ask their friends for guidance. In our lives, when we have choices to make, we should always ask God what to do. We can trust Him to guide us.

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Invite your child into a time of worship, you might sing familiar songs of praise or use your own CD, album, or media player. A number of worship songs are available through online sources like Youtube and can be played through your computer, tablet, or mobile device. The following songs might be familiar and correspond with this weeks lesson:

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Materials: Paper, markers or crayons

Preparation: Write Psalm 25:9 on a piece of paper.

Explanation: Read Psalm 25:9 with your child. Say: Today we are learning that we can trust God to guide us. This Bible verse tells us that God will guide us in what is right. Ask your child to underline the word “right.” It also says that God will teach us His way. Ask your child to underline the word “way.” Can you read to me the two words we underlined? Allow one child to read. Great job! God will guide us in the “right way” to go. When you have a decision or a choice to make, always ask God the “right way” for you to go.

Memorization Activity: Remind your child of the following phrases from the Bible verse and ask him to create an action or hand motion for each phrase.

He guides the humble
in what is right
and teaches them His way.

When he has created the actions or hand motions, say the verse several times using the motions.

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Materials: Bible, paper, pencil

Preparation: Read and study 1 Samuel 23:1-4.

Write each of the following questions on a piece of paper:

Where did David and his men hide from Saul?
What was happening in the city of Keilah?
Why did David ask God twice if he should attack the Philistines that were causing problems in Keilah?
What two questions did David ask about Saul and the men in Keilah?
What did God do for David after he asked God for guidance?
How many times did David ask the Lord what to do in this Bible story?

Presentation: Give the questions to your child. Ask him to listen for the answers to the questions while you tell to the Bible story. At the end of the Bible story, ask him to give the answers. 

Say: David was chosen by God to replace Saul as king of Israel. Because of this, Saul was determined to kill David. David, and the men following him, hid from Saul in caves and forests.

One day, a messenger came with bad news for David. “The men in the city of Keilah are in trouble. The Philistines are stealing their grain. They won’t have any food for the winter.”

David asked God immediately, “Do you want me to go and attack the Philistines? Do you want me to help the people of Keilah?

“Yes,” the Lord answered.

But when David told his men, they didn’t want to go. “We are afraid in our own country. There is no way we can fight the Philistine army.”

So David asked God again, “Do you want me to attack the Philistines?”

“Yes,” the Lord answered. “Go to Keilah. I will help you defeat the Philistines.”

David and his men went to Keilah and fought the Philistines. They destroyed the Philistine army and took all of the livestock. The people of Keilah were saved.

Saul heard of David’s victory over the Philistines. “Well,” he thought, “David is in Keilah. This city has walls. David is trapped.” Saul called his army and began his march towards Keilah.

Once again David asked God what he should do. “Lord, will Saul come to Keilah to capture me? Will the people of Keilah betray me?”

The Lord answered by saying, “Yes, David. Saul is coming. The men of Keilah will turn you over to Saul.”

David knew what he needed to do. He gathered his men and quickly left Keilah. When Saul found out that David had left Keilah, he stopped his march towards the city. But he never stopped looking for David. Saul would look for David daily, but the Lord would not let him find David.

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Materials: Copies of the “What Should I Do?” activity, pencils, Bibles

Preparation: Make a copy of the “What Should I Do?” activity page. Make enough copies for each of your children.

Presentation: Say, There are many times in life when we don’t know what to do. We need to ask God for guidance, just like David did. Since the Bible contains God’s words, we can find the guidance we need from God when we read the Bible. Let’s look at some children that need guidance and see if we can find answers for them in the Bible.

Let your children complete the “What Should I Do?” activity. Discuss when finished.

*There are two copies of the activity. One includes the scripture reference and the other has the scriptures written out for those children who may not have Bibles.

Download: What Should I Do? (with Scripture References)

Download: What Should I Do? (without Scripture References)

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Materials: Pencils, paper

Preparation: None

Presentation: Give your child a piece of paper and a pencil. Say: Is there a situation in your life where you need God’s guidance? On your piece of paper, write down any questions you have for God. Give your child a few moments to write on her papers. Once she has finished, place her paper inside a Bible. Gather around the Bible and pray together, asking God to give your child guidance. Remind your child to pray during the week for God’s guidance and to listen for God’s answer.

*With the children’s permission, you may want to look at their questions and help them find answers in the Bible.

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