Hello 😊 The weather this week has been no better, has it? What a stinker. Apparently, it might be nicer at the weekend though (it’s Tuesday just now). We can only hope! It was good to be able to see what some of you had been doing on Sunday, those Saul’s on the wall crafts looked great- well done 😎
This week, continuing with Acts, we come across one miracle healing and a resurrection- not something I see everyday…
Things You’ll Need
- Pens, pencils, crayons
- Print offs
What’s in a name? Write out your full name and see how many other words you can make from it! Can you make more than 10?
Do you know what your name means? Do you feel like it describes you at all?
As always, read the story with your child/ren or for yourself so you can retell it to younger children. Here’s the passage from the International Children’s Bible:
As Peter was traveling through all the area, he visited God’s people who lived in Lydda. There he met a paralyzed man named Aeneas. Aeneas had not been able to leave his bed for the past eight years. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Stand up and make your bed!” Aeneas stood up immediately. All the people living in Lydda and on the Plain of Sharon saw him. These people turned to the Lord.
In the city of Joppa there was a follower named Tabitha. (Her Greek name, Dorcas, means “a deer.”) She was always doing good and helping the poor. While Peter was in Lydda, Tabitha became sick and died. Her body was washed and put in a room upstairs. The followers in Joppa heard that Peter was in Lydda. (Lydda is near Joppa.)
So they sent two men to Peter. They begged him, “Hurry, please come to us!” Peter got ready and went with them. When he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. All the widows stood around Peter, crying. They showed him the shirts and coats that Tabitha had made when she was still alive. Peter sent everyone out of the room. He kneeled and prayed. Then he turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, stand up!” She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called the believers and the widows into the room. He showed them Tabitha; she was alive! People everywhere in Joppa learned about this, and many believed in the Lord. Peter stayed in Joppa for many days with a man named Simon who was a leatherworker.
- In this one, a lady reads the story with picture images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiZHs-wV0Ic
- This one is from LifeKids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhlRTne06es
- This is from Holy Tales (and is a bit annoying, but young kids will probably love it…) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNm9gDOdISs
3-7s: After reading the story, retelling it or watching the video links, ask:
- What was the name of the man who asked Jesus to make the man who couldn’t move walk again and bring the lady back to life? (Peter)
- Can we ask God to make people well that we know? (Yes)
- Think of someone you know who isn’t very well and pray that Jesus will make them well again.
7-11s: After reading the passage together or watching the video link, ask the following review questions:
- Does anything strike you? Stand out? Got any questions? Talk anything through that your child/ren brings up before moving on to the review questions.
- How long was Aeneas unable to move for? (8 years)
- Who healed him? (Jesus through Peter)
- What did all the people in Lydda do when they saw of this miracle? (Turned to God)
- Why did Peter go to Joppa? (2 men came and asked him to)
- The lady who died was called Tabitha in Aramaic. What is the Greek translation of her name and what does it mean? (Dorcas, meaning ‘deer’)
- What did the widows do when Peter arrived? (They were crying and showed him all the things Tabitha had made)
- Who did Peter pray with? (No-one, he asked them all to go outside and he prayed alone on his knees)
- What happened when people heard about Tabitha coming back to life? (Many believed in Jesus)
- What was Tabitha known for? (Always doing good and helping the poor)
- What do you think you are known for? Is it what you would like to be known for?
We can see in the story that Peter is continuing to travel around and that more people are being healed and becoming followers of Jesus because of seeing the miracles and hearing teaching.
Tabitha was a lady that a lot of people knew because of the good work she did and because of her skills making clothes. When she dies, it is understandable that people are upset. The bible doesn’t tell us why they rush to get Peter. Maybe it was because they wanted him to pray for her, or help comfort those who were so upset. Either way, they asked him to come quickly and he did.
He then asked everyone to leave the room and prayed alone. How do you think Peter might have been feeling? Maybe he remembered the time when he was with Jesus when He raised Jairus’ daughter from death and that Jesus was alone when he did that. He might have felt pressure, wondering what to pray. But, he knew nothing is impossible for God and after praying told her to stand and that was that. Pretty amazing, huh?
Sometimes we pray for God to do works of miracles, healings and even ask Him to raise a loved one back to life and we don’t see the same results Peter did. It can be hard for us when we don’t understand why, but we must remember God is sovereign, completely in control and we should always pray with faith and expectation.
One thing we can learn from Peter is that he was always ready and willing to do whatever God was asking of him and he wanted to see change in the lives of the people he spoke to and met with. Even when we feel like we don’t know what to say or pray for someone, we can pray for more faith, we can pray to see change and people coming to know Jesus like we do. And sometimes, when our friends or family are really struggling with something, like the widows in the story, we can be the one who prays when they can’t because they’re too upset.
Pray the rainbow: Go on a hunt for something small of each of the colours of the rainbow. Eg, a green lego brick, a red toy car, a yellow hama bead, etc. Gather up your items and then on a piece of paper, assign each colour a them to pray about. You could have blue= things to say thank you to God for, red = prayer for someone you know needs healing.
Then, place you items in a pillowcase, bag or under a tea towel and take turns picking something out and praying according to your topics.
On card or paper, draw and cut out some fairly large flower shapes, with large petals. The idea is to write on each petal the name of someone you want God to heal. Once you’ve cut and coloured your flower, fold the petals inwards towards the middle of the flower. Then, half-fill a basin, large bowl or the sink with water and place your flower shapes on the surface petals facing up and watch the flower open up to show the names of those you want to pray for. Pray for each person as you see their name appear.
Five finger Prayer
The thumb reminds us to pray for those closest to us, so our families and close friends.
The index finger is for those who teach, instruct and help, eg teacher, doctors.
The middle finger is for our leaders, those in charge.
The ring finger is our weakest finger and so we pray for those who are weakest, like those in poverty, or without rights and under persecution, for example.
The little finger is for ourselves.
- Print of any of the colouring or puzzle pages!
- Make a Tabitha figure – print, colour, cut out and assemble your very own Tabitha. Stand her somewhere to remind you of her story and how she was known for always doing good and helping the poor and the challenge that is to us. (Instructions)
- Print and make the Clothing Accordion for younger children, to help them learn how to be helpful.
Here’s the song for this week. It’s called I Will Pray.