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Kids Resources – Acts 16:16-40

Hello folks, another week, another set of resources winging your way… I’ve been working on a poll to send out this week (be afraid, be very afraid) (kidding) as I’m hoping to find out how things are going and what I can do that might be more helpful. It’d be mint if you parents and carers could complete it for me. It’s anonymous and in no way at all a judgathon, simply a chance to gather information that will inform what I do. 😊

This week we are looking at the rest of Acts chapter 16 👌

Game

  • ‘Guess the song’- simple! Someone start singing a worship song and someone else has to sing the next bit!
  • Or, if you’re really on it, someone sings a worship song and then the other person picks a word from that song and sings another worship song with that word in and you keep going like this. For example: I could sing ‘My Lighthouse, my lighthouse, shining in the darkness, I will follow you….’ And the other person picks out ‘darkness’ and sings ‘Great is the darkness that covers the earth…’ And then I pick ‘earth’ and sing ‘Shout to Lord all the earth, let us sing, power and majesty praise to the King…’ Etc! For a video example, watch me and Ian on Beyond Sunday having a go!

Bible Bit

Here is the passage from the International Children’s Bible:

Paul and Silas in Jail

16 Once, while we were going to the place for prayer, a servant girl met us. She had a special spirit in her. She earned a lot of money for her owners by telling fortunes. 17 This girl followed Paul and us. She said loudly, “These men are servants of the Most High God! They are telling you how you can be saved!”

18 She kept this up for many days. This bothered Paul, so he turned and said to the spirit, “By the power of Jesus Christ, I command you to come out of her!” Immediately, the spirit came out.

19 The owners of the servant girl saw this. These men knew that now they could not use her to make money. So they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the city rulers in the marketplace. 20 Here they brought Paul and Silas to the Roman rulers and said, “These men are Jews and are making trouble in our city. 21 They are teaching things that are not right for us as Romans to do.”

22 The crowd joined the attack against them. The Roman officers tore the clothes of Paul and Silas and had them beaten with rods again and again. 23 After being severely beaten, Paul and Silas were thrown into jail. The jailer was ordered to guard them carefully. 24 When he heard this order, he put them far inside the jail. He pinned down their feet between large blocks of wood.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing songs to God. The other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly, there was a big earthquake. It was so strong that it shook the foundation of the jail. Then all the doors of the jail broke open. All the prisoners were freed from their chains. 27 The jailer woke up and saw that the jail doors were open. He thought that the prisoners had already escaped. So he got his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t hurt yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer told someone to bring a light. Then he ran inside. Shaking with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them outside and said, “Men, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They said to him, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved—you and all the people in your house.” 32 So Paul and Silas told the message of the Lord to the jailer and all the people in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took Paul and Silas and washed their wounds. Then he and all his people were baptized immediately. 34 After this the jailer took Paul and Silas home and gave them food. He and his family were very happy because they now believed in God.

35 The next morning, the Roman officers sent the police to tell the jailer, “Let these men go free!”

36 The jailer said to Paul, “The officers have sent an order to let you go free. You can leave now. Go in peace.”

37 But Paul said to the police, “They beat us in public without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens. And they threw us in jail. Now they want to make us go away quietly. No! Let them come themselves and bring us out!”

38 The police told the Roman officers what Paul said. When the officers heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were afraid. 39 So they came and told Paul and Silas they were sorry. They took Paul and Silas out of jail and asked them to leave the city. 40 So when they came out of the jail, they went to Lydia’s house. There they saw some of the believers and encouraged them. Then they left.

Here is a picture of what remains of a prison in Philppi. Show your children or print out the attachments to help them imagine it:

Videos

This one is from Sharefaith Kids and follows their usual vibe:

This is from Crossroads Kid’s Club. It gives a nice recap at the end:

This one from West Jamaica Conference, has been done like a documentary and is good for older kids:

Here’s Saddleback Kid’s offering:

And here is their Slapstick Theatre version:

And the Holy Tails. They have an interesting interpretation of the servant girl being possessed, saying she was ‘raving mad’, so it’s up to you if you want to address this. 

Ages 3-7: After retelling the story or watching the video, have a short discussion 😊 Use these review questions to help:

  • Who were the men in the story? (Paul and Silas)
  • What did they do in prison? (Sang and prayed)
  • Did they escape from the prison? (No, after the earthquake opened the doors, they stayed and the guard took them to his house to clean their wounds. In the morning they were allowed to go free.)
  • What happened to the guard? (He got baptised with the rest of his family)
  • Paul and Silas sang and prayed in the middle of the night when they were locked up in a prison and when things looked dark and uncertain. This helps us to remember we can do the same and sing and pray when we fell the same.

Ages 7-11: After reading or retelling the story, ask:

  • What stood out to you? Anything you don’t understand or want more explanation about? (I want to know why Timothy’s name isn’t mentioned after he joined them last week!)
  • What city did Paul and his friends go to first in Macedonia? (Philippi)
  • Who was following Paul when he was sharing the Good News in Philippi? (A slave girl who could predict the future)
  • Why do you think this was a problem for Paul and Silas? (People could think her evil spirit is the same as God, that they both told the truth all the time)
  • What did Paul do about this? (He commanded the evil spirit to leave the girl in the power of Jesus’ name)
  • Why did the slave girl’s masters get angry? (They couldn’t make money from the slave girl anymore)
  • What happened to Paul and Silas? (They were beaten and put in prison)
  • What did Paul and Silas do in prison? (They prayed and praised God)
  • In 3 sentences say what happened next…
  • Do you think the praying and singing had any effect on the jailer?
  • Why do you think we sing? (To praise God, to help ourselves praise when we might not feel like it, to lift our hearts, to focus, to tell others what we believe/how we feel…)

Even though church isn’t meeting in the building, we can still sing wherever we are and as loud as we want. Join in and see if it makes a difference to you or those around you at home.

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