Peter Freed from Prison

June 19 & 26 and August 4 & 14, 2005



Scripture:  Acts 12:1-19  


Memory Verse:  “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything.” Philippians 4:6CEV


Offering:  PC USA – Aid to Sudan 




1.     Sometimes people may mistreat you just because you believe in God/Jesus.

2.     God provides help to those who serve and love God.

3.     The church community prays for and takes care of its members.


Objectives:    There 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

  1. To show that we must pray for our friends and not always believe in what others say about our friends. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. If you are afraid of doing what is right – ask your parents and pray for guidance. 
  3. We can’t stop believing in what is right – even if our classmates say it is not cool.



Welcome and Introductions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

 Bible Story:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


Grades 4-5:   Stephen’s 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 them?

  1. 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

  1. 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 worked alone? 
  2. How did Mr. Whitaker feel when Dillon visited him in jail?  Do you think the visit was necessary by Dillon? 
  3. Have you visited someone who was sick or sad and tried to help them to feel better? 
  4. What are some examples they can share as how they have stuck by their friends when they were in need? 
  5. Are there any similarities to Peter in prison and his friends praying for him and Dillon trying to support his friend?


Stephen’s Test of Faith

  1. What is meant by the term “the truth will set you free”?
  2. When you are confronted with a choice – how do you decide what you will do? 
  3. Have any of you been made fun of for your beliefs, or other traits that might be different from your classmates or neighbors.
  4. Next time you are in trouble or in a situation that makes you nervous how will you react?
  5. Do you have any special items given to you by a family member or good friend?


Reflection Time:

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 under application. 




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.


Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help clean up popcorn and bean bag chairs prior to. Turn out the lights and lock the doors to Holywood.


Teacher preparation in advance:

1.     Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.

  1. 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.
  2. Review the video(s) so you are familiar with the concepts. 




Journal sheets



Ø     Video – 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. 

Ø     Lori Houck, Kirk Faith Quest Bible Study Leader