Bible Lesson about Samuel and his Ebenezer Stone
It is important to remember how God has helped us. When we remember what he has done and give him thanks, it will help us to stay close to God and follow his commands. Children learn about the Israelites and how they had forgotten about all God had done for them. They also learn how they returned to God and how Samuel set up the Ebenezer stone to help them remember how God had forgiven them and helped them.
The following crafts and activities are from the Bible lesson "Ebenzer Stone - Stone of Help" Bible lesson. The following crafts and activities are available to members on The Resource Room and as an instant digital download.
Make "My Ebenezer Stone" Craft
My Ebenezer Stone
Written by Carolyn Warvel
My Ebenezer stone
reminds me I am not alone.
God will help me, I know,
wherever I may go. ©Carolyn Warvel
What you will need:
Small River Rocks
What to do:
1. Print out the poem pattern and cut the poems apart.
2. Have your children pick out a rock they would like to use, and glue googly eyes on them.
3. They may also want to draw on hair and other face features.
4.Tell your children that they can carry the rock with them to remind them that God wants to help them, or they can place the stone on their dresser at home and write things on note paper that God has done for them. When they go to bed at night they can read the papers and thank God for helping them so they won't forget how good God has been to them.
"Ebenezer Stone" Coloring Sheet
1. Before class print out the pattern and make copies.
2. In class have your children color the picture.
3. Have them read the Bible verse and then ask them what they think it means.
Make an Ebenezer Stone Paper Weight
What you will need:
Posca Paint Markers
Colorful Paper cut into Small Squares
What to do:
1. Bring in smooth river rocks and let your children paint them using Posca paint markers.
2. Have them write "THe Lord Helped Us!" on the stones with a permanent marker or paint marker.
3. Tell your students to place the stone on their dresser, and whenever something happens that they want to remember or give God thanks for, or pray for, they can have their parents write it on the note paper and place it under the rock. At night before they go to bed they can read what they wrote and pray about it or give thanks for whatever they wrote with their parents.
Make an Ebenezer Stone for Your Class
Have your children help you stuff brown grocery bags with wadded up newspapers, tape them closed, and stack them on top of each other to make a classroom Ebenezer stone. Give each child a piece of paper and have them write something on it that God had helped them with, and then tape them to the "Ebenezer" stone. Encourage them to tell the story to their families in the coming week and ask them how God had helped them. They can write things their families have told them on the papers and bring them to class to tape to the "Ebenezer Stone".
"Who Has Ebenezer?" Pass the Rock Game
Have the children sit in a circle around a table or on the floor. Give a small rock to one of the students and pick one child to be the guesser. Have the child with the rock pass the "Ebenezer stone" around the circle so that the person guessing cannot see it. The object of the game is to fool the person guessing. The children can fake passing or pretend to pass it in two different directions. After a short period of time call "stop" and let the guesser try to guess whom he thinks has Ebenezer. You may want to give him more than one chance. If he guesses correctly, he can pick out a piece of candy or he can take another turn (depending on how you want to play). If he doesn't guess, the next person in the circle takes a turn. Continue like this until everyone has a turn.
Play a Concentration Game
Find enough medium-sized stones for every 4 to 5 children in your class to have a set of stones with the Bible verse written on the stones, one word per stone. The object of the game is to pick up all the rocks in the correct order. Each child takes a turn picking up as many rocks as he can and turning them over. If he picks up a rock out of order, he turns all the rocks over and the next child takes a turn. The first child to pick up all the rocks in order wins.
Bible Verse Review Activity Sheet
1. Before class print out the sheets and make copies.
2. In class have your children try to fill in the blanks to form words to see if they can reveal the Bible verse.
3. After they have filled in all the blanks that they can, have them use the vowel chart to fill in the rest of the blanks matching the numbers to the numbers on the verse and writing in the correct vowel.
4. When your children are done have them look up the Bible verse in their Bibles to check their work.