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Kids Resources – Acts Chapter 4:32-5:11

Here’s this week’s resources! I hope you find them helpful in talking through the passage with your kids and have fun 🤗 As always, please share the fruits of your labours at any point on Beyond Sunday or with myself, Ian or Neil via an email, WhatsApp or carrier pigeon 😛

Things you will need:

  • Look through the print-out options (colouring sheets, puzzle, worksheets) and select the one/s you’d like to do with your child/ren. (The ‘Money Bag Detective’ one is for kids ages 7-11, the ‘Worksheet’ is for 3-7s.) The Honesty Activity Set has some other ideas with it, bit you can just print out the first colouring page if you like 😊
  • Printed template for the ‘Lying lips’ craft and a lolly stick. (1 template makes 2.)
  • Colouring pens or crayons.

Game

How about a few rounds of 2 truths and 1 lie? See if you can come up with a lie so believable or truths so unbelievable that you can fool your household members!

Bible Bit

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

(You might want to read it yourself and re-tell to younger children.)

Acts Chapter 4:32-5:11

The Believers Share

32 The group of believers were joined in their hearts, and they had the same spirit. No person in the group said that the things he had were his own. Instead, they shared everything. 33 With great power the apostles were telling people that the Lord Jesus was truly raised from death. And God blessed all the believers very much. 34 They all received the things they needed. Everyone that owned fields or houses sold them. They brought the money 35 and gave it to the apostles. Then each person was given the things he needed.

36 One of the believers was named Joseph. The apostles called him Barnabas. (This name means “one who encourages.”) He was a Levite, born in Cyprus. 37 Joseph owned a field. He sold it, brought the money, and gave it to the apostles.

Ananias and Sapphira

5 A man named Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold some land. 2 But he gave only part of the money to the apostles. He secretly kept some of it for himself. His wife knew about this, and she agreed to it. 3 Peter said, “Ananias, why did you let Satan rule your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit. Why did you keep part of the money you received for the land for yourself? 4 Before you sold the land, it belonged to you. And even after you sold it, you could have used the money any way you wanted. Why did you think of doing this? You lied to God, not to men!” 5-6 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. Some young men came in, wrapped up his body, carried it out, and buried it. And everyone who heard about this was filled with fear.

7 About three hours later his wife came in. She did not know what had happened. 8 Peter said to her, “Tell me how much money you got for your field. Was it this much?”

Sapphira answered, “Yes, that was the price.”

9 Peter said to her, “Why did you and your husband agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The men who buried your husband are at the door! They will carry you out.” 10 At that moment Sapphira fell down by his feet and died. The young men came in and saw that she was dead. They carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 The whole church and all the others who heard about these things were filled with fear.

Video links for the story

This one has a bit more artistic interpretation in that it suggests Ananias and Sapphira were jealous of Joseph after he was praised for selling his land.

This one is from Share Faith Kids and has a bit more detail:

Ages 3-7: This is a passage with some harsh details. There’s no getting away from what we read though and so I would still tell the younger children what happened. Ultimately, whether we understand or like it, the dishonesty of Ananias and Sapphira led to their very untimely deaths. The point to make is that God really values honesty and actually, so do we. Ask:

  • Have you ever told a lie? Did anyone ever find out? How did it feel?
  • Have you ever been lied to? How did it feel?
  • Has anyone ever said something about you that isn’t true? How did it feel?
  • Have you ever done something generous? Can you think of something generous you could do this week for someone else? Maybe someone in your family or a neighbour?

Talk with your children about any times you can remember when they definitely lied (maybe they confessed at a later time) but don’t bring up something that’s going to start an argument! Especially between siblings…! Ask how they felt in each instance. Were they worried they’d get found out? Did they feel sad that someone lied to them? Did they feel angry or upset if someone said something that wasn’t true about them? Maybe someone said they did something wrong when they didn’t.

Help them to think through how important it is and feels to be honest and treated with full honesty.

Ages 7-11: This is a passage with some harsh details that there’s no getting away from. Ultimately, whether we understand or like it, the dishonesty of Ananias and Sapphira led to their very untimely deaths. The point to make is that God really values honesty and actually, so do we. Ask:

  • What are your thoughts on hearing this passage? Does anything strike you or stand out, have you got any questions?
  • What is the most generous thing you have ever done? How did it feel?
  • Has anyone been generous to you? How did it feel?
  • Have you ever told a lie? Did anyone ever find out? How did it feel?
  • Have you ever been lied to? How did it feel?
  • Has anyone ever said something about you that isn’t true? How did it feel?
  • Can you understand why Ananias and Sapphira might have been so dishonest about how generous they were being? It’s important to note that they weren’t told or made to give all of the money they got for selling their field, they could have told the truth and said they had kept some back for themselves or whatever.

The fact that Ananias and Sapphira dropped dead after lying is something that can raise questions. Some people think it was the shock that their lie was exposed that killed them. Some think that God took drastic action to stamp out lies to protect the church in its early days so it wouldn’t become an organisation no one could trust. Whatever the reason, we do well to remember God is holy. When we lie, we lie not only to ourselves and those we’ve lied to, but to God also. We can fool others and maybe even try to fool ourselves with lies, but God sees our hearts. When we think of the holiness of God, the gift of forgiveness he gave us and what it cost Him (the death of His own son), lies suddenly become very cheap. God calls us to be honest people. Honest with our words, actions and thoughts. He also calls us to be generous. Generous with our possessions, time, talents, and lives. We can’t fool Him into how well we do either of those things. Dishonesty is so destructive. It destroys friendships as it hurts all those involved. Even when we make a mistake, if we are honest and own up, we can have the chance to make it better.

  • Can you think of something generous you can do for your family and/or church community? How about giving a few hours of your free time to ask your family if you can do any jobs for them? Could you help a sibling? Could you share or even give away something you have but feel it would be a blessing to someone else?

Song

Here’s the link to the song from Ian 😊

Crafts/Activities

For All Ages:

  • Have a look through the print-outs and choose which ones you’d like to do to consolidate the story 😊
  • Try the ‘Lying lips’ craft below

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.

Proverbs 12:22

Instructions

2. Colour and cut out all of the pieces.
3. Take the tongue piece and fold on the solid line, creating a crease.
4. Glue the tongue to the lips.
5. Decide if you want to use the moustaches or not and glue them if required!
6. Glue a lolly stick to the back of the lips to create a handle.

It should look like this: