Hi All, Happy New Year! It might not have started in the way we would have liked, but here we are anyway, so let’s try and keep on keeping on 💪🤘
And so. Here are the resources for the month of January. The idea is, rather than the weekly resources I was doing, once a month I will put something out that links to the main Sunday services where possible, and you can use this with your children at any point over the month. Please feel free to use whatever bits you want, whenever suits you best. So, if you only have time for 1 part, that’s absolutely fine 😊 As always, you are welcome to share anything your child/ren have done, discovered or debated on the Beyond Sunday page 👌
Acts Chapters 21-28. Obviously to cover the whole of this lot would be beastly in one resource, so I’ve done a summary below and will then some more focused activities 😊
Choose any of the video links included in the summary to tell part of the story and ask your child some review questions about it. (E.g. Where was Paul at this point in his story? Do you think Paul was worried or scared? Why/why not?, etc.)
Acts 21-28 Summary
Paul continues his journeys and was warned several times that hardship and prison are ahead of him, but he carries on, saying ‘The Lord’s will be done.’
He gets arrested by Jews in Jerusalem and a mob starts trying to kill him. A Roman commander comes along and orders Paul to be taken to the barracks as he couldn’t make out from the crowd or determine what Paul had apparently done.
On the way to the barracks, Paul asks permission to address the crowd and basically gives them his testimony.
Here is a video of Paul’s speech in Acts 22.
The crowd still want him dead (!) and so he is taken to barracks for questioning and flogging. Paul then reveals he is a Roman citizen and because it is unlawful to do what they were doing without a guilty conviction, they stop ‘questioning’ him and he is taken to the Sanhedrin the following day.
When he was in front of the Sanhedrin, as soon as he started to defend himself, the high priest (Ananias) ordered him to bit smacked in the mouth. Paul then, knowing there were some Sadducees and some Pharisees in the Sanhedrin, started an argument among them as he said, being a Pharisee himself, he is on trial because he has hope of the resurrection of the dead. (He knew Sadducees don’t believe in resurrection or spirits or angels) So the Pharisees argued that an angel or spirit could have spoken to him, he has done nothing wrong.
The fight got so bad that the commander ordered Paul be taken back to the barracks again. The following night, Paul heard the Lord tell him that just as he has testified about him in Jerusalem, so he must in Rome.
The next day, about 40 Jews plotted that they would kill Paul, taking an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed him. They told their plan to the chief priests and elders and asked them to get the commander to bring Paul back, pretending they wanted to ask more questions about his case, when actually they will be waiting to kill him.
But Paul’s nephew heard all about it and went to tell Paul and then told the commander all about the plot too.
So, Paul was then transferred by heavily armed guard (200 soldiers, 70 horsemen and 200 spearmen) to Caesarea, into the charge of Governor Felix, with a letter saying why. (Basically, that he was a Roman citizen but some Jews were about to kill him for no charge that meant death or imprisonment, so he was sending the case to him and had ordered the accusers to go to him too.) Paul was kept under guard in Herod’s palace while they waited.
5 days later, Ananias arrived and the trial began. They told Felix Paul was a troublemaker, a ringleader of followers of Jesus (they called it a sect), stirred up riots and tried to mess up the temple.
Paul gave his defence saying the only thing that was true was that he was a follower of Jesus. He said he was only in Jerusalem t bring gifts to the poor and was even ceremonially clean when they found him there.
The case was adjourned until Lysias got there, Paul was kept under guard but his friends were allowed to see him and look after him.
Days later Felix asked to see Paul and listened to him talking about righteousness, self-control, and future judgement and that bit freaked him out a bit so he stopped Paul talking. It also says that he was also hoping Paul would offer him a bribe so he asked to see him frequently.
2 YEARS later…Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but, as a favour to the Jews, Felix left Paul in prison.
This video from Saddleback Kids gives a brief summary of Acts 24 (Paul and Felix)
Then Paul has another trial, this time before Festus, still without any proof. Festus asked Paul if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem for trial, but still before Festus and Paul said he was already being tried where he should and that no one has the right to hand him over to the Jews and appealed to Caesar.
King Agrippa shows up and Festus tells him all about what’s going on with Paul. He brings Paul in front of King Agrippa and others to ask them to listen to him so he can work out what to tell Caesar about why he is sending him to him (!).
During this meeting, Paul tells him his testimony, pointing out that he hasn’t done anything wrong. Agrippa says he’s lost his mind when he tells of Jesus’ resurrection, but Paul points out that it’s only what the prophets said would happen.
Agrippa finds no charge against him either and said he would let him go, but he can’t because he’s asked to see Caesar.
Here is a video of the summary of Acts 26 (Paul and King Agrippa)
Paul then makes the journey to Rome, by ship. Paul foretold that there would be loss of cargo and lives but he was ignored. A storm came and they had to throw cargo overboard to try and stay afloat. They thought they wouldn’t be saved.
Paul told the men that they should have listened to him, but now they needed to listen again and be encouraged that they won’t lose their lives. An angel had appeared to him and told him they would all make it alive, but the ship will be destroyed. On the 14th night, Paul stopped some sailors trying to save themselves in the lifeboat, saying they all had to stay together in order to be saved. He encouraged them all to eat something so they would live.
The next morning the ship ran aground and was smashed to pieces. Soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners on board so they wouldn’t swim away and escape. But a centurion wanted Pauls’ life spared and so stopped that plan. Those who could swim swam to shore and others used bits of planks to reach land. All got there safely.
Here is a video of Acts 27 (The Shipwreck) from Share Faith Kids
Once they arrived on shore, they discovered they were on the island of Malta. They were welcomed by the islanders. When Paul was gathering wood for a fire, a viper bit his hand. The islander thought this meant he was a murderer, but because the viper bite did him no harm, they changed their minds and thought he must be a god.
While on Malta, Paul healed the father of the chief official of the island and then the rest of the sick too. They were on the island for 3 months.
Then they sailed for Rome again and on arrival, Paul was allowed to live by himself with a soldier to guard him.
He then preached to a load of Jews there and some believed and some didn’t. He stayed there for 2 years, teaching and preaching.
Here is a video of Acts 27 (The Shipwreck) and Acts 28
This one from Share Faith kids is of Acts 28
And another of Acts 28
Activities to Try
- In Acts 22, Paul shares his ‘testimony’; his story of how he came to believe in Jesus. Why not spend time telling each other how you came to know Jesus? You could simply talk it through, or draw it! See the My Story print out which is good as an introduction into telling your story/testimony 😊
- In Acts 23, we hear that Paul’s nephew is the one who hears about the plot to kill Paul and tells the Roman commander all about it. He was probably a young man, maybe a teenager and could have been a bit afraid to go to the Roman commander and tell him what he had heard. But we are never too young to help others or serve God, are we? Use the Helping Hands print out and write down, or draw, all the ways you can help others 💪🙂
- Feeling experimental? There’s a great experiment to do, but it’s definitely not one for the faint-hearted. At the start of Acts 23, Paul calls the high priest a ‘whitewashed wall’- basically saying he looks all clean on the outside, but inside is a dirtier picture. Like the whitewashed wall of a tomb, nice on the outside but the inside shows death.
In the experiment you create a black snake-like thing from the chemical reaction between burning sugar and baking soda… The point being, while you do the experiment talk about how the people of the Sanhedrin and of course ourselves too, can appear to be doing the right thing and ‘looking good’, but it’s what’s inside that God sees and cares about. Are our attitudes, thoughts and what we do in secret, in keeping with an outward ‘white’ appearance?
If you feel up to it, you will need:
- metal baking tray
- 4 tsp. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- rubbing alcohol/lighter fluid
- plastic cup
- fire extinguisher (just in case!)
Absolutely do this outside and with enough help to keep kids back from it.
Put the sand in the tray and pour some lighter fluid or rubbing alcohol in the middle of the sand.
Mix the sugar and baking soda together and pour on top of the lighter fluid in a kind of heap.
Light it! Watch it grow into a hideous black snake mess. Like this:
Show this video 😉
Talk through the points above.
(If anyone does do this, please film it and share on Beyond Sunday🤘)
- There’s a simple colouring picture to print out 😊 Maybe you could paint them? Or use different materials for a collage?
- Try to find the hidden objects in the other print out.
- Use the template to make a ship. If you colour using wax crayons, it will be waterproof for longer!
Simply colour the ship and sail, cut out along the solid lines, fold the dotted ones and secure the tabs with tape. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the top and one in the bottom of the sail (marked on the template) and use a straw or pencil as a mast. Use playdough or blutack to secure the mast to the ship.
It’s got be My Lighthouse, eh? Here’s a video with actions 👌