Scripture:† Acts 9:1-20 CEV
Memory Verse: ††ďAnyone who belongs to Christ is a new person.† The past is forgotten, and everything is new.Ē† II Corinthians 5:17
∑ Jesus changes people who accept him.
∑ When Jesus changes us, he calls us to do Godís work.
∑ Once Jesus changes us, the church teaches us how to be disciples.
1. The children will understand that Paulís conversion or change happened inside; he changed his thinking/beliefs, not his outward appearance.
2.† The children will demonstrate through role playing ways that we at the Kirk do Godís††††† work.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Greet the children and introduce yourself.† Wear your nametag.
2. Explain the purpose of this workshop.† Today weíre going to learn about how Paul changed and what God called him to do.† Then we will work together to create skits that show some ways that Paulís story applies to our lives today.
1.† Ask the children to go to the costume box and create a costume that makes them look like someone else.† Give them no more than 5 minutes to get ready, then have a costume parade when the children can look at each other, say who or what they are, and see how each person has changed.† (This should be a quick, introductory activity that clues them into the idea of ďchangingĒ and then leads into the lesson.)
1. Now have children sit in a circle to review the Bible story.† Read aloud or have children take turns reading aloud.† Then discuss how Paul changed.† Was it his outward appearance that changed like we changed with our costumes?† NoÖPaulís change was inside.† What things happened in the story to make Paul change?† (Saw a bright light, heard a voice, blinded, Ananiasí laying on of hands, sight restored, filled with Holy Spirit, baptized) He changed what he thought, felt and believed.† Those changes in turn changed his behavior.† Paul then went out to do Godís work--telling people that Jesus is the Son of God.
2. Ask children to put away their costumes and while they do that, to think about the different kinds of work God calls us to do at the Kirk.
3. Reassemble in a circle and list the kinds of work on chart paper.† Ask them if they can recall any other stories or lessons they have learned that help us understand Godís work ( the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Good Samaritan, etc.)† This is a good time to mention WIHN, which is the offering focus this session.† Examples or prompts of the kind of work God calls us to do might include: sharing with friends, family, others, being a good friend, sitting with someone who is alone at lunch, helping at home, school, those in need; feeding through one great hour of sharing, WIHN, pennies for hunger, food pantry donations, Koala tutoring program, peacemaking; etc.
4. Play skit charades. Divide children into partners or small groups. Let each group draw, from a container or hat, suggestions or prompts on slips of paper. The kids are to act out the scenario for the group. They can use words, but donít give away the work idea. Older kids can use the prompts or choose to do one of their own. They must write it down and give it to you to make sure it will work.
5. Give them 5 minutes to plan their skit.
6. Bring the groups back together to share their skits. After each skit, ask the audience to guess what work the skit is about.† Who is being helped? How are they being helped? Ask the children to talk about how each skit exemplifies Godís work.
7. If time permits, do another set of skits.
Older children:† If time allows, they may plan and write a short script or speaking parts for their role playing presentation
Younger Children: †You may ask them to ad lib lines or just pantomime the action without words for their role playing presentation and have the audience guess what the skit was about.
Ask the shepherds to pass out the journal sheets and pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a sticker or some memento to paste in their journal as a reminder of the story or activity.
Prompts for journal writing: Write a sentence or two describing another groupís skit and how that showed how we can do Godís work. Younger kids can draw a picture of someone in their skit or someone being helped.
Prayer:† Dear God, help us to learn how to be disciples and to do your work in the coming week. Amen.
Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Make sure all the costumes and props are returned to the costume box. †Close/lock the door and turn off the lights.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study
2. Prepare a closing prayer.
3. Prepare slips of paper for skit scenarios.
Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that
you know where everything is located.
∑ Chalkboard or chart paper to list ideas and chalk or markers.
∑ Slips of paper with suggestions for skits and a container or hat to put them in.
∑ Possible additions to the costume box: hats, scarves, costume jewelry, gloves, Halloween masks, various lengths of cloth that could be wrapped or tied on, a variety of props.† (There is a good bit of stuff in the box already, but more stuff might give greater choice and allow for more creative costumes.)
Curriculum Writerís Bible Study notes on Acts 9:1-20: Paul on the Road to Damascus
Compiled by Lori Houck.