Introductory Activity—Blow the Books
- Materials: paper squares, marker, box fan
Print the names of the books of the New Testament on paper squares, one per square. Set the box fan near the game area. Tell kids to stand outside the game area. Turn on the fan and drop the paper squares in front of it so that the book names blow throughout the play area. On your signal, kids should work together to gather the book names and put the books of the New Testament in order as quickly as possible. Gather the paper squares, mix, and play again as time permits. Tell kids that today’s story is in the New Testament, in the Book of Acts.
Live It Out
- Materials: flat bed sheet, table tennis balls
Group kids into 2 or 4 teams. Place teams along the sides of the sheet. Guide kids to hold the sheet taut. Lay 2 table tennis balls in the center of the sheet. Guide kids to move the sheet up and down to make the balls roll toward an edge. Teams should try to roll the balls off another team’s side of the sheet while preventing balls from rolling off their sides. Kids should not flip the sheet to make the balls bounce; they should make the balls roll instead. When a ball falls off a team’s side, ask that team a review question.
- Materials: paper, watercolors, containers with water, brushes
Provide watercolors and brushes for kids to paint waves and storm pictures. As they work, talk about the Bible story. Talk about other things that Paul did. Say the Life Point. Encourage kids to use pencil or pen to print the Life Point on their paintings.
- Materials: plastic spoons, cotton balls, paper, marker
Print the words of the Life Point on paper, one word per page. Scatter the words at one end of the game area. Guide kids to stand at the opposite end of the game area. Show kids how to hold a plastic spoon up and facing out. Hold a cotton ball in the spoon, pull it back slightly, and launch it across the room. Kids can take turns catapulting cotton balls onto the words of the Life Verse. Challenge kids to hit the words in order. Tell kids they will hear a story about Paul, who traveled and told many people about Jesus.
Live It Out
Game—Guess the Story
- Materials: large paper and marker or white board and marker, timer
Group kids into teams. Ask a player from one team to come to the board and draw a picture of a Bible story about Jesus. (This can be any story from the Bible.) His team can try to guess the story. After 1 minute, call stop. If the player’s team does not guess, the other team can try to guess. Give points for a correct answer. The other team now has a chance to draw a Bible story. Continue alternating between teams as time permits. Say the Life Point. Comment that people can tell what they know about Jesus.
- Materials: Sponges (one per kid or ½ per kid), duct tape, craft sticks, scissors, permanent markers, craft knife
If sponges are large, cut them in half for kids to use. Guide a kid to cut 2 lengths of wide duct tape, about 5 inches in length. Lay the first length on the table, sticky side up. Lay the other length beside the first one, overlapping the first piece by an inch or so (along the long end). Cut 2 more lengths of duct tape and place them on top of the first lengths to seal in all the stickiness. Trim the ends. This is the boat’s sail. Guide the kid to print the Life Point on the “sail”. He can draw other designs on the sail as he chooses. Help the kid cut a slit in the middle of the sponge and insert a craft stick in the slit (for the mast). The kid can cut a small slit in the top and bottom of his sail and slide the stick through to mount the sail. Use small pieces of tape to secure the sail to the mast. Talk about Paul’s trip to Rome. Ask kids to tell what they know about Jesus.