1Samuel 17 David and Goliath
God will help you
Using library books or other sources, show the children pictures of armor, spears, javelin, and shield from Bible times. Make a simple sling shot with a stick that looks like a Y and a rubber band. Bring in 5 smooth stones. Show the children and ask them if they know what it is? Tell the children that they will learn a Bible story today about a young man who used a sling shot instead of armor and a spear to fight a giant.
BOOK: I Samuel 17
You can use the flannel board or read the story from a children’s Bible.
David was a shepherd who took care of his father’s sheep. If a lion or a bear tried to hurt his sheep, he would have to kill it to protect the sheep. There was a battle going on between David’s people (Israelites) and the Philistines. Their best soldier, Goliath, who was a giant 9ft. 9 in. tall. (taller than the ceiling) wanted to fight a man from Israel. Just the two men would fight. The one who lived was the winner. No one wanted to fight the giant man that had a helmet on, armor, shin guards, a big spear, and shield. David’s dad asked David to bring some food to his brothers who were camped where the fighting was going to be. David was very brave. He knew that God helped him fight a lion and a bear and he knew God would help him fight a giant. He trusted God to help him. So he went to the King and said that he would be willing to fight Goliath. The king said, ok. David tried to put on the king’s armor, but David wasn’t use to it. He took off the armor. David got his sling shot and five stones. Goliath laughed at David. He was so big and David was so small. He had armor and David didn’t, and he was stronger than David. Goliath thought that he would win, but God is bigger than Goliath! David believed in God and he knew God would help him. So David took his sling shot and hit Goliath in the forehead and he fell down dead. David beat Goliath because God was with David.
We can do things that are scary or hard when we ask Jesus to help us with it.
I used to be afraid of…(use an example of when you were afraid)
Ex: I used to be afraid of going down a dark hallway but I used to pray and God helped me do it. Have the children name something they are afraid of and tell them that the next time they are afraid they can pray and ask Jesus to help them.
“…In God I put my trust.” Psalm 56:4
Dear God, thank you for being powerful and strong. Help us to remember that you are always with us and we don’t have to be afraid. You will help us when we ask you. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!