Hi Everyone, how are you all doing? Hope you’re all holding up ok and keeping creative, sane and finding joy somewhere 😊 This week we’re looking at Acts Chapter 3 where a disabled beggar is healed, right outside the temple and Peter used the opportunity this spectacle caused, to tell the crowd that understandably gathered, that the healing was done in the name of Jesus and that they needed to repent and accept Him as the Messiah.
For those using the videos on Sunday, you will need:
- Printed out Storyboard template(s)
- If you want to, you could age some paper before Sunday and then use it to complete the scroll craft activity below
- Printed out colouring sheet or puzzle
All ages: Coin Target Practice- Set out 3 targets on the floor or outside. You can use string or wool laid out in circles, hoops, buckets, plant pots, whatever you have to hand. Or even draw targets on paper and use those. Put targets in places of difficulty according to the ages of your children. Then, take turns in throwing coins into/onto the targets. See how many you can get inside the targets, devise a scoring system, and see who gets the most points!
In the story today, we hear of a man who was born unable to walk and has had to beg for money to survive. Sometimes when people beg, they have a little pot or cup to collect money in. Sometimes people walking past don’t really look at the person who is begging and just throw coins in the cup. When you were aiming for the targets with your coins, you were really careful to try and get them in. In the story today, notice how careful Peter is to make sure he does all he can for the man who was begging and if it involves money or not.
Here is the passage from the International Children’s Bible for you to read with your children, or for you to read and re-tell to them, if that would be better for them 😊
Acts Chapter 3
Peter Heals a Crippled Man
One day Peter and John went to the Temple. It was three o’clock in the afternoon. This was the time for the daily prayer service. 2 There, at the Temple gate called Beautiful Gate, was a man who had been crippled all his life. Every day he was carried to this gate to beg. He would ask for money from the people going into the Temple. 3 The man saw Peter and John going into the Temple and asked them for money. 4 Peter and John looked straight at him and said, “Look at us!” 5 The man looked at them; he thought they were going to give him some money. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold, but I do have something else I can give you: By the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth—stand up and walk!” 7 Then Peter took the man’s right hand and lifted him up. Immediately the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk. He went into the Temple with them, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9-10 All the people recognized him. They knew he was the crippled man who always sat by the Beautiful Gate begging for money. Now they saw this same man walking and praising God. The people were amazed. They could not understand how this could happen.
Peter Speaks to the People
11 The man was holding on to Peter and John. All the people were amazed and ran to Peter and John at Solomon’s Porch. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them, “Men of Israel, why are you surprised? You are looking at us as if it were our own power that made this man walk. Do you think this happened because we are good? No! 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, gave glory to Jesus, his servant. But you gave him up to be killed. Pilate decided to let him go free. But you told Pilate you did not want Jesus. 14 He was pure and good, but you said you did not want him. You told Pilate to give you a murderer instead of Jesus. 15 And so you killed the One who gives life! But God raised him from death. We are witnesses to this. 16 It was the power of Jesus that made this crippled man well. This happened because we trusted in the power of Jesus. You can see this man, and you know him. He was made completely well because of trust in Jesus. You all saw it happen!
17 “Brothers, I know you did those things to Jesus because you did not understand what you were doing. Your leaders did not understand either. 18 God said this would happen. He said through the prophets that his Christ would suffer and die. And now God has made these things come true in this way. 19 So you must change your hearts and lives! Come back to God, and he will forgive your sins. 20 Then the Lord will give you times of spiritual rest. He will give you Jesus, the One he chose to be the Christ. 21 But Jesus must stay in heaven until the time comes when all things will be made right again. God told about this time long ago when he spoke through his holy prophets. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will give you a prophet like me. He will be one of your own people. You must obey everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not obey him will die, separated from God’s people.’ 24 Samuel, and all the other prophets who spoke for God after Samuel, told about this time now. 25 You have received what the prophets talked about. You have received the agreement God made with your ancestors. He said to your father Abraham, ‘Through your descendants all the nations on the earth will be blessed.’ 26 God has raised up his servant and sent him to you first. He sent Jesus to bless you by turning each of you away from doing evil things.”
Here’s a short animated video of the story:
Ages 3-7: After reading or watching the story, ask:
- What was the man who couldn’t walk doing sitting by the gate to the temple? (Begging for money.)
- When the man who couldn’t walk asked Peter and John for money, what did they give him instead? (In the name of Jesus, they gave him the ability to walk.)
- What did the man who couldn’t walk do after Peter healed him? (He got up and then began walking, jumping, and praising God.)
- What did Peter tell everyone who was amazed and had seen what had happened to the man? (He told them that it was the power of Jesus that had healed the man and that they should turn away from the sin in their lives and follow Jesus too.)
Talk with your child/ren about the fact that, just as in the passage last week being about sharing, here too Peter shares what he has- his love for and knowledge of Jesus. And that this is worth more than gold, silver, diamonds or all the treasures we can think of!
Ages 7-11: After reading the passage together ask:
- Did anything stand out to you in the story? Any surprises or things you didn’t understand?
- What was the name of the gate where the man begged? (Beautiful.)
- Can you summarise in 3 main points, what Peter told the crowd after the miracle?
When the man asked for money, he never will have expected Peter to answer in the way he did. Peter could have said ‘I don’t have any money on me right now, but I’ll make sure I bring some for you tomorrow.’ And that would have been a kind thing to do. And it would’ve helped the man. Up to a point.
Peter knew that the best thing he could give or share with any man or woman is Jesus. He knew that through healing, the man would not only be able to work and earn money for himself, but that he would come to know God fully through the power of Jesus and that this was going to give him life in all it’s fullness.
Sometimes we might think we know what we need or what we want to ask God for, and they are specific things, like the man asking for money in the story. But sometimes what we think we need or would like isn’t the best that God has to give us. If we change the way we ask and pray, giving it over to God and we ask Him to do what’s best, we might see a very different outcome to what we were hoping for. An even better outcome. We might also have to wait for the answer. God healed the man immediately but we know it doesn’t always happen like that. Should we stop asking? If you asked your parents or carers for an ice-cream on a lovely sunny day and they didn’t answer you straight away, would you ask them again? Probably! Sometimes even after they’ve said no!
We shouldn’t stop asking God to do His best for us and through us so others see who Jesus is and come to know Him for themselves. Peter was ready to use the power of Jesus in him to show the beggar how much Jesus loved him and wanted the best for him. He was also ready to tell everyone and anyone listening.
- What are you thankful for? Create a poster with all the things you have to jump for joy and praise God about!
- How about creating a storyboard? Print off the template, (or do your own) and draw pictures to tell what goes on in Acts Chapter 3. I’ve done one with prompts for the younger children and one without for the older ones.
- How about making a scroll with verse 16 on it? Age some paper with a teabag, coffee or soil and fray the edges a bit. Then, once it’s dry, have you child write the verse below on it:
It was the power of Jesus that made this crippled man well. This happened because we trusted in the power of Jesus. You can see this man, and you know him. He was made completely well because of trust in Jesus. You all saw it happen!Acts Chapter 3 v 16
Then you can roll the paper up from each end and tie it with string, wool or a ribbon. Or, if you want to, attach lolly sticks, kitchen roll tubes or anything else you like to roll the scroll around 🙂 It should look something like this:
- Print off and colour the picture of the man being healed.
- There’s also an Acts 3 wordsearch you can have a go at.
Here’s a song that Ian has done for today’s passage 😊