Elementary (1st – 3rd)

Sunday, April 25

Weekly Parent Guide

Activity: draw it out

What you need:
Several pieces of paper; pens/markers/ colored pencils/crayons; a stapler

What you do:
Open your Bible or Bible app to today’s story: 1 Samuel 25:1-35

Tell your child that you’re going to create a book together that illustrates the Bible story. As you read, pause at certain sections to draw and color what you imagine the scene looked like. When you’re finished, staple the book together.

Suggested images to illustrate:

  • David and his men went down to the Desert of Paran, near the land of a wealthy man named Nabal. While they were there, they helped keep Nabal’s shepherds safe.
  • David sent his men to ask Nabal if he would be kind and give them some food. Nabal—who was rude and mean—replied, “Why should I give food to THEM?”
  • When David heard what Nabal had said, he was ANGRY. He chose 400 men, and they headed towards Nabal’s home, looking for a fight.
  • A servant told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, what her husband had done. –
  • Abigail—who was wise and kind— quickly gathered food, loaded it on donkeys, and went to meet David. Abigail apologized for Nabal’s meanness.
  • David accepted Abigail’s gifts and told her to go home in peace.

Talk about the Bible story:
In your own words, what is a peacemaker?

Who were the peacemakers in our story today?

Who in the story were not peacemakers? Why don’t you consider them peacemakers?

Have you ever had to be a peacemaker in a tough situation? What did you do? How did it make you feel afterward?

Are there any situations right now where you could be a peacemaker?

Parent: talk about a time when you had to be a peacemaker.

Prayer

“God, thank You for being our Friend forever. Thank You for loving us no matter what. Help us to be a friend like Jonathan. Help us to be loyal, honest, and good to the people You have put in our lives. We love You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”

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