Paul’s Shipwreck

Paul’s list of beatings, deprivations, perils, and shipwrecks in 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 makes one wonder how one man could bear that much “excitement”.  Towards the end of Acts we find Paul again on a ship, on his way  to Rome.  He had warned those in charge that the sailing would be dangerous but they did not heed his words. Read the exciting story in Acts 27-28.

Paul's shipwreck

6/13/2013  UPDATE: You can buy clear cellophane party treat bags in all sorts of colors…check these out, I bet they would work! ( I used colored plastic wrap which is hard to find now.)

I suggest making these up ahead of time. You will need 1/2 sheet of card stock for each project and  cut  a 4 inch slit with e-xacto blade  to place boat in . I tape a piece of paper on the back  of the slit to keep boat from slipping away but if you just tape the boat in place this step is not necessary.  Have kids color boat and cut out boat and sail.  Attach sail to toothpick and tape to back of boat.  They will need to color the sky, write the reference and draw any waves, cargo, anchors etc. before they tape on the wave portion that you have made.

Paul and Silas

Paul and Silas in Prison

This Bible story retains one of the most vivid memories for me as a child.  I still remember the picture of Paul and Silas in the stocks, their backs bloody; but instead of despair there is joy on their faces. The beginning of the story involves Paul commanding a spirit of divination to leave a slave girl. Since her masters made a huge profit from her fortunetelling, they dragged Paul and Silas before the authorities in Philippi. They had their clothes torn off and they were beaten and thrown into a dungeon, fastened to stocks. Midnight finds Paul and Silas praying and singing praise to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. ” Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so great that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and all at once all the doors were opened and everyones’s shackles were unfastened.” (Acts 16:26) The jailer was about to kill himself, supposing that all the prisoners had escaped, but Paul shouted for him to not harm himself for all  were accounted for.  The jailer was so grateful that he fell down before the missionaries and asked , “What must I do to be saved?” The famous response, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” He took Paul and Silas home and bathed their wounds and immediately he was baptized along with the  believing members of his household.

To make the chains, you will need 19 strips of black construction paper for each participant,   1  inch by  5 inches .Glue your strips into  “links” using a glue stick.  Then write on every other link, starting with the 2nd link: R-E-J-O-I-C-E- In The Lord – Always (Phil.4:4) with a gold or silver gel pen.

The Church Prays For Peter

The Apostle James has been killed by Herod and because there was such a favorable response from the Jews, he imprisoned Peter, who was to face a similar fate…but the church was praying without ceasing for him.  Peter was heavily guarded and secured with chains but an angel of the Lord was sent to rescue him.  As he walked out of the prison with the angel, he thought it was all a dream and it wasn’t until he was outside on the street that he realized he was truly free. He came to the home where the church was meeting and still praying for him and knocked on the door.  He had to knock for quite a while as it was hard for them to believe he was freed and their prayers answered!

This is a fun project but very messy. Have the kids choose light, bright crayons and fill a page with color.  It should be a space about 5 inches by 7 inches.  Make sure they apply heavy pressure. The coloring needs to saturate the page.  Now they will cover the area they have just colored with black crayon and then comes the fun part…..they scratch the design….fingernails work great but you might want to provide something to scratch with…experiment with a paper clip edge….somethings work better than others. The verse is from James 5:16b “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” and I have the kids write the verse on another paper and glue their dynamite page to it.


Peter’s Vision

Peter's Vision 2

The church was growing in Jerusalem  but there was a new thing God wanted to do.  Since Jews did not associate with non-Jews,  the message  of salvation was not being shared with the Gentiles. This all changed when a God-fearing Roman centurion was visited by an angel and was told to send for Peter in Joppa. While these messengers were on their way, Peter was also having some excitement on the rooftop of where he was staying. A giant sheet was lowered from heaven , full of unclean animals that had never entered his mouth.  A voice told him to kill and eat but Peter answered, “No, Lord!”  This happened three times and then the messengers from Cornelius arrived.  The Holy Spirit told Peter to go with the men who had arrived. He must have been surprised to find out his guests were not Jewish.  He went with them to the home of Cornelius and explained to those gathered that salvation was available to them because of the price that was paid  for their sin by the death and resurrection of the Son of God.  They were encouraged to receive forgiveness of sins by believing this truth and all the Jews there were astonished to discover that the gift of the Holy Spirit was also poured out on the newly-converted household.  When certain Jewish Christians first heard that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God they contended with Peter until he explained to them what had happened, starting with his vision and ending with the gift of the Spirit being poured out on the Romans.If you want your sheet to “pop” you will have to color the sky.  I recommend colored chalk for your “lazy” colorers….if you place 1/2 a piece of chalk on its side, you can apply color in seconds! Color and cut-out animals and glue on sheet and verse. O.T. dietary laws and a list of the unclean animals can be found in Leviticus 11.

Stephen’s Standing Ovation

(Have you been doing a weekly review? I hope so.) The church is growing and it’s leaders are experiencing persecution in ever- increasing amounts. Deacons are chosen to help the apostles  so that they can dedicate their time to prayer and ministry of the Word.  Stephen was one of these first deacons, being full of faith and power.  He was falsely accused of speaking blasphemy and dragged before the Jewish council.  “And all that sat in the council… saw his face as it had been the face of an angel”. After giving an account of the history of Israel, Stephen rebukes the unbelief of his accusers. “When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and gnashed on him with their teeth.  But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at God’s right hand: and he said ‘ Look!  I see the heavens opened…’ But they raised a great shout and put their hands over their ears and rushed together upon Him.  Then they dragged him out of the city ” and stoned him to death.(Acts 7:54-57)There are 2 worksheets available for this lesson. One of the worksheets has the clouds and  a robe, which you will want to print in white.  Try to use another color for the main page so the clouds and robe “pop”.   Another glitter op.

Peter and John Went to Pray

“Peter and  John went to pray,

Peter and John meet the lame man

they met a lame man on the way,

He held out his hand, and he asked

for alms,

and this is what Peter did say…

“Silver and gold have I none,

but such as I have give I thee,

In the name of Jesus Christ, of

Nazareth, rise up and walk”

He went walking and leaping and praising God…”(words of children’s song)

The new church was growing .  Those saved on the day of Pentecost were  continuing “steadfast in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers…many signs and wonders were done through the apostles…and the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2: 42-47  Peter and John were going to the temple to pray when they met a lame man who had been carried daily at the gate of the temple called  Beautiful, to ask alms of all who entered the temple.  Perhaps he was begging there when the Savior was in Jerusalem!  He asked alms of Peter and John but got something much better…”The faith which come through Him (Jesus) has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Acts 3:16  Peter used this occasion to preach another sermon and many who heard the word believed, in spite of his arrest.

“…the word of God is not chained.” 2 Timothy 2:9

I have designed this lesson to be made into a card….As a Father’s Day Card, you would have the kids write…”Dad, Your love is better than silver or gold “…..Love, child’s name…

Fold your background paper in half.   Peter and John and the lame man go colored and cut out and glued on the cover…your fold will be at the top.  Write verses.  Your healed man goes glued inside.  Make a “Jacob’s ladder” to place under figure so it will jiggle.  Write verses.  Use gold or silver pens on black backgrounds. (see you-tube for instructions on making a jacob’s ladder)  If you choose another color for a background, use any shade of ink.

Peter and John meet the lame man


Waiting for the Promise

Waiting for the Promise

About 120 follower’s of Jesus were assembled in Jerusalem waiting for the promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit was given to fill them with the power needed to be His  fearless witnesses  “unto the uttermost part of the earth”, guide them into all truth and bring to remembrance all Christ had taught them.  After being baptized with the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Peter preached his first sermon and about 3,000 souls were added to the church. (Do you remember when Moses came down with the Law, he had to administer judgement as a result of the people’s idolatry and about 3,000 people perished?)  “…for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6.

Pentecost worksheet

Pentecost worksheet

I used a heart-hole punch  to makes the flames by cutting yellow hearts in half.

For an alternate project check out the post on May 21, 2012 ,”God’s Holy Convocations – part one

My class this year is 2nd and 3rd graders. I added some “fill in the blank” to go with this lesson page … the kids are learning to look up bible verses so it really teaches them about the Holy Spirit. Here are the verses I chose…
*Acts 1:8
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ me to be a witness for Jesus. (Empowers) if it helps, you can write the first letter in the blank!

*John 14:16
He lives in me _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .

*John 16:13
He guides me into all _ _ _ _ _. (Truth)

*Romans 8:26
He _ _ _ _ _ for me. (Prays)

*John 16:8
He convicts the world of _ _ _. (Sin)

*Romans 8:16
He bears witness with my spirit that I am a _ _ _ _ _ of _ _ _. (Child of God)

If you have time have the kids look up 1st Thess. 5:19 and explain that the Spirit can be quenched which will take some explanation and definitions. I drew a picture of a hose watering a flower and then asked them what happens when the hose gets a kink…. or some electrical appliance that loses its power when the cord gets unplugged… they can write this verse wherever there is room on the paper.