Peter Freed from Prison
June 19 & 26 and
August 4 & 14, 2005
Scripture: Acts 12:1-19
Verse: “Don’t worry about anything, but
pray about everything.” Philippians 4:6CEV
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people may mistreat you just because you believe in God/Jesus.
provides help to those who serve and love God.
church community prays for and takes care of its members.
are two videos: Adventures in Odyssey – Shadows of Doubt for grades 1-3, and
Stephens’s Test of Faith for grades 4-5.
Shadow of Doubt
- To show
that we must pray for our friends and not always believe in what others
say about our friends.
- We must
help each other out and if we are afraid we need to pray that God will
help us in our time of need.
- Our lives
are enriched by others and we can make a difference in the lives of others
by being a faithful friend.
Stephen’s Test of Faith
- When we
try to do what is right and/or share our faith there may be others who
will laugh at us and make fun of us.
We must hold our heads high and depend on our family and faith.
- If you are
afraid of doing what is right – ask your parents and pray for
- We can’t
stop believing in what is right – even if our classmates say it is not
- Greet the children and introduce
yourself. Wear your nametag. Make sure the children are wearing
nametags. If not, ask the shepherd to supply a temporary badge. Remember
you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may
not know you.
- Explain to the children that the
purpose of this workshop as we watch the video is to remember that prayer
should be a first step when we are afraid or need extra help. Believing in our friends and family is
important and we need to support them when they need us the most.
- Read the scripture out loud to them
– Acts 12:1-19. If this is later in the rotation, review the key
points of the scripture.
- Introduce the video. Grades
1-3: Adventures – Shadow of a
Doubt – ask them to think about a time when something happened
at home or school that made them think someone was guilty even though you
knew they could never do something so wrong. How did they feel? How did they help their friend or family
member? Keep that in mind as they
watch what happens to two friends today.
Test Ask them to
think of a time when they made fun of someone who was different from them or
when someone made them feel uncomfortable due to how they were different from
their classmates. How did they
feel? What was the reaction to their
friends or family when they took a stand that was different than others around
- Start the video. It’s about 23
minutes and cued up for you – as you review prior to showing. Once the video begins distribute the
popcorn with help from the Shepherds or volunteer children.
Shadow of a Doubt
- Would you have been brave as Dillon
and seek out the right answer?
Would you have asked your family to help you or would you have
- How did Mr. Whitaker feel when
Dillon visited him in jail? Do you
think the visit was necessary by Dillon?
- Have you visited someone who was
sick or sad and tried to help them to feel better?
- What are some examples they can
share as how they have stuck by their friends when they were in need?
- Are there any similarities to Peter
in prison and his friends praying for him and Dillon trying to support his
Stephen’s Test of Faith
- What is meant by the term “the truth
will set you free”?
- When you are confronted with a
choice – how do you decide what you will do?
- Have any of you been made fun of for
your beliefs, or other traits that might be different from your classmates
- Next time you are in trouble or in a
situation that makes you nervous how will you react?
- Do you have any special items given
to you by a family member or good friend?
If there is time the students can complete the journal sheet while there,
but it may be more important to have them to share and answer the questions
Prayer: Dear Lord of Light, thank you for friends and family
that believe in us. Help us to be more
supportive of our friends and family and to keep them in our prayers when they
most need our help. Forgive us for doubting people who believe in us. Thank you for sending people like Peter
to teach us to believe in your word. Amen.
Dismissal: Ask children
to help clean up popcorn and bean bag chairs prior to. Turn out the lights and
lock the doors to Holywood.
preparation in advance:
the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.
- Check out the room before your first
Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located if you have
not lead the Holywood Rotation before this one.
- Review the video(s) so you are
familiar with the concepts.
– Focus on the Family Presents Adventures in Odyssey; Shadow of Doubt
Episode 4 and Stephen’s Test of Faith -199 The Voice of the Martyrs, Inc.
Houck, Kirk Faith Quest Bible Study Leader