Thanks for joining us as we make sure kids are still getting lessons from the Bible even while we are not meeting.
I want to make sure to give credit to Bible Story Basics for this lesson. They have written an excellent curriculum.
1- Sand Tray- You can also use a sandbox. Hide plastic coins (or real coins if need be) in the sand. Hide and find the coins as many times as desire. Explain- today, our Bible story is about the first people sho followed Jesus. When they joined the Christian Community, they shared their money with the entire group. That way, everybody had enough!
2- Read the scripture: Begin by finding Acts 11 together.
a- In this chapter of Acts, the believers are continuing the work of spreading the gospel, encouraging one on another, and sharing with others who don’t have enough. Listen as you read for the new nickname that as given to them. Read Acts 11:19-26.
b- Did you hear what the believers were called? It was meant to be an insult, the name stuck. Today, we still call ourselves “Christians!”
c- Read Acts 11:27-30. Why did the Christians decide to send help to the people in Judea? Who did they send to help them?
3- Strick a Pose- Read the leaflet paraphrase and when it says “break” strike a pose to illustrate what is going on in the story.
What stood out to you as you heard and pictured the story this way? Who did you identify with?
4-Nicknames- On a blank piece of paper write down all the nicknames you have been called. Explain: “Christians” was the nickname given to the believers by people around them. It’s not a name they picked themselves. You’ve probably been given some nicknames too. Some of them might be meaningful to you. You may like them. There are nicknames you may not like so much or find offensive. You may like one person calling you a nickname, but hate someone else. with your list put an X through the names you have and circle around those you like. Nicknames are usually given to us, but we can come up with our own nicknames. Think about what you might like being called. This is your chance to choose!
5- Beaded Fish- You will need chenille stems, pony beads. We see in our story that the first believers were still sharing and focusing on helping one another, even as the rest of the world was beginning to notice them. We can share with and encourage people in our Christian community too. Think of someone you can give your fish to and send it to them.
6- Memorize the Verse- Paraphrasing- The memory verse is Acts 2:4: “They were filled with the Holy Spirit.” This is a pretty easy verse we have been working on memorizing, but a great way to really know if you know something is to paraphrase it. To paraphrase means you share it in your own words. Can you tell us what Acts 2:4 means?
7- Prayer- Lift up prayer concerns with each other. Then say, “Thank you, God, for loving communities who share and encourage us. Amen.”
8- – Blessing- With your figure, dray the shape of a fish on the palm of each of your child’s hands (you can let them do it to you also). Then say- “(Child’s name), may God’s Spirit fall fresh on you every day.”