Today was a great day to be at Fillmore. It was one of those days where everything seemed to go just right. We had an fantastic time during J.A.M. Time and loads of fun during children’s church! Today we covered Acts 2:42-47 in our ongoing series on the book of Acts. Our kids loved it and I hope yours will too!
Goal: Today we will learn how the early church worked together as a team.
Key Scripture: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8, NIV
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Butcher paper
- Balloons, various colors
- Sharpie marker
Introduction: As the kids enter the room, enthusiastically greet them while jogging in place and clapping your hands (think like a peppy exercise instructor). Welcome the children to “Team Fillmore.” Say something to this effect: “We’ve got a big game today and we will win. But I’m going to need for us to work together as a team. Who’s with me? What? I can’t hear you! Who’s with me?” Lead the kids in some stretching and warm-ups (basic stretches, jumping jacks, run in place, etc.). When you’ve finished, congratulate the kids on a job well done.
Explain that every day we are in a big game against Team Sin. Team Sin can be tough, ruthless, and good at hurting their opponents, so we need to work together as a team, Team Fillmore, to beat them. (Note: I relied heavily on Kristen Charles’ lesson on the early church for this introduction).
Lesson: Review the previous lessons and remind the children of Peter’s sermon from last week. Explain that the early church can be a good example of how we as Team Fillmore can beat Team Sin.
Divide the children into two multi-aged groups. Provide each group with a Bible, a piece of butcher paper, and markers. I prepared each piece with a title, the scripture reference, and a specified place for their names.
In each group, have a child read Acts 2:42-47 aloud, then have the group work together to write down different ways that the early church worked together as a team (Our kids picked up on great ideas like sharing, praying, meeting together in the temple, etc.). Encourage teamwork and ensure that each child has a role to play, whether reading, writing, or drawing and illustration to accompany the writing. I emphasized to the kids that these posters would be hung up in the room. Some people who see them might be able to read the words they had written, but some might not be able to read, so the pictures would be very important to help them. This elevated the role of the kids who do not yet know how to read and write.
Afterward, have each group hold up their piece of butcher paper and share their responses. Discuss how some of these same “plays” from the early church’s “game plan” can help Team Fillmore to beat Team Sin.
Here are the posters that our kids created.
Tell the children that they will have to work as a team, just like the early church did, in order to complete the next activity. Gather around the chalkboard and review the key scripture (Acts 1:8). Ahead of time, write out the words/phrases of this verse on balloons (Divide the verse into chunks and have each chunk written on a specific color of balloon to help the non-readers to participate as well).
Scatter these balloons across the room and have the students first group the balloons according to color, then put the words in the correct order. Practice saying the verse aloud once the children have completed this task. Then, have the children stand in a circle and try to bat the balloons in the air and keep them in the air as they recite the verse together. If the children have trouble with this, work with one colored section at a time and build up to the entire verse. This got to be a little crazy, but the kids loved it!
Conclusion: Have the following activities prepared in case extra time remains.
Lego Bible Verse Building: Tape the words of the Bible verse to Legos and have the children build the Bible verse as written on the chalkboard.
Balloon Verse Practice: Allow the children to repeat the balloon exercise to practice the memory verse.
Tower Build: Have small groups of children work as a team to build the highest tower they possibly can using the blocks. Encourage teamwork as the children work.
Wait, there’s more! Check out the rest of the lessons from this unit on Acts.
- Lesson 1: A Miraculous Catch
- Lesson 2: Jesus Ascends to Heaven
- Lesson 3: The Day of Pentecost
- Lesson 4: The Holy Spirit Can Live in Your Heart
- Lesson 5: There’s a System in Place