Hi folks, hope you’re all well 😊 Shout out to George and his awesome chariot from last week- nice work! It’s really encouraging to see what you all get up to in relation to the story. This week we are looking at Acts Chapter 9v1-19 and we hear how Saul goes from terrorising those who follow Jesus to getting baptised after one dramatic moment…
Have a think about all the things you know that change or are transformed. Who can think of the most? (E.g Caterpillar- butterfly, tadpole-frog, seed to plant to fruit, etc)
Here is the passage from the International Children’s Bible:
Acts Chapter 9 v1-19
Saul Is Converted
In Jerusalem Saul was still trying to frighten the followers of the Lord by saying he would kill them. So he went to the high priest 2 and asked him to write letters to the synagogues in the city of Damascus. Saul wanted the high priest to give him the authority to find people in Damascus who were followers of Christ’s Way. If he found any there, men or women, he would arrest them and bring them back to Jerusalem.
3 So Saul went to Damascus. As he came near the city, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4 Saul fell to the ground. He heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul! Why are you doing things against me?”
5 Saul said, “Who are you, Lord?”
The voice answered, “I am Jesus. I am the One you are trying to hurt. 6 Get up now and go into the city. Someone there will tell you what you must do.”
7 The men traveling with Saul stood there, but they said nothing. They heard the voice, but they saw no one. 8 Saul got up from the ground. He opened his eyes, but he could not see. So the men with Saul took his hand and led him into Damascus. 9 For three days Saul could not see, and he did not eat or drink.
10 There was a follower of Jesus in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to Ananias in a vision, “Ananias!”
Ananias answered, “Here I am, Lord.”
11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight Street. Find the house of Judas. Ask for a man named Saul from the city of Tarsus. He is there now, praying. 12 Saul has seen a vision. In it a man named Ananias comes to him and lays his hands on him. Then he sees again.”
13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, many people have told me about this man and the terrible things he did to your people in Jerusalem. 14 Now he has come here to Damascus. The leading priests have given him the power to arrest everyone who worships you.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! I have chosen Saul for an important work. He must tell about me to non-Jews, to kings, and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
17 So Ananias went to the house of Judas. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus sent me. He is the one you saw on the road on your way here. He sent me so that you can see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something that looked like fish scales fell from Saul’s eyes. He was able to see again! Then Saul got up and was baptized. 19 After eating some food, his strength returned.
This one is from LifeKids.
This is from Saddleback Kids and goes a bit beyond today’s passage to introduce Paul’s ministry.
This is a nice animation at a slower pace.
This one is voiced by a child and has a fair bit of detail.
3-7s: After reading, retelling or listening to the story, have a little discussion with your child/ren before completing one or more of the activities. Some things you could mention or ask:
- Remind them that Saul was on his way to Damascus to arrest and beat up more Christians and he wasn’t a nice man at all.
- Just like in the story last week with Philip, God speaks to the people in the story and tells them to do something. Jesus tells Saul that he knows he has been trying to hurt to Him and says he must go to the city and someone there will tell him what to do next. Then, Ananias also hears from God as he gets told to go and meet Saul in the city and pray for him. We can see from these stories that God wants to speak to those who love Him and those who don’t. He also likes to ask us to do things for Him so that other people will know all about Him.
- Because Ananias obeyed God, Saul became a Christian and stopped wanting to arrest and hurt people.
- God loves everyone and wants them to know him.
- Pray together for anyone they think of who needs to know Jesus loves them and died for them.
7-11s: After reading or listening to the story, chat with your child/ren about it and share what you can learn from it. Use the following as a guide if you like 😊:
- What strikes you about the story? Any questions, thoughts or ideas?
- Why was Saul on his way to Damascus?
- What happened to Saul on the road?
- What do you think the men traveling with Saul thought about it?
- Why was Ananias afraid to go to see Saul?
- If you were Ananias, what would you have been thinking? What if you were Saul?
- Are there any similarities in this story and the one we heard last week (Philip and the Ethiopian)? (Visions, hearing from God or the Holy Spirit and immediate baptisms.)
- When we hear this story, we learn again that God sent Jesus for everyone and his grace and forgiveness is for all of us who do wrong. When Saul was prayed for by Ananias, is looked like fish scales fell from his eyes and he could see again. It’s like he had been blinded by wrong thoughts or views on Jesus, but then suddenly, he could see who Jesus really is and immediately chose to be baptised.
- Ananias had to be obedient to what God was asking of him. Even though he was worried because he knew Saul hated Christians, he trusted God and went and did as he was told.
- Pray together for ears to hear when God asks us to do something, for those who need to change their hearts and follow Jesus and for many more people to be baptised believers of God.
- Try this quiz all about today’s passage
How many did you get right?
- Print off one or more of the activity/colouring sheets for ages 3-7 and ages 7-11.
- There’s also a maze and some blanks to fill in (ages 3-7), a colouring task to reveal a hidden message and a code breaker (ages 7-11)
- Have a go at this dot to dot puzzle (ages 7-11)!
- Make two faces of Saul using the mask templates. Print off the templates onto thick paper or card, colour them in, cut them out and glue them to some lolly sticks or something similar. It should look something like this:
Here’s a song which helps to tell the story 😊