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.