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Sharing in the Early Church – Acts 4:32-37

on November 13, 2012

I’m a week behind in posting lessons from our series on the book of Acts, so this was actually last Sunday’s lesson for children’s church.  This lesson on Acts 4:32-37  is reminiscent of our previous lesson on teamwork in the early church, but I tried my best to make it unique for the kids.

Goal:  Today we will learn that we should share with each others just the early church did.

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

  • Bible
  • Chairs
  • CD player and music
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Post-It notes

Introduction:  I took a few minutes to review the story of Peter and John healing the lame man and made mention of the prayer of thanks the church offered up in response to their release from prison (found in Acts 4: 23-31).

Lesson:  Read Acts 4:32-37 aloud from the International Children’s Bible (I find this translation to be the best to use with children when reading longer passages aloud.).  As you read, reference the Early Church Teamwork posters the children made a few weeks earlier.

Ask the children what is similar to or different from what they had recorded on their posters.  Point out the fact that the early church shared everything they had with each other.  Explain that we should follow their example and share with each other too.

Have the children line up the classroom chairs as they would for musical chairs.  Ask if any of them have played musical chairs before, then tell them that we will be playing a slightly different version of the game.  Explain that they will still walk around the chairs while the music plays and will still need to find a chair to sit in when the music stops, but at the end of each round, rather than eliminating someone who couldn’t find a chair, a chair will be taken away.  So, as each round passes, the same group of children will have fewer and fewer chairs to sit on.  They will have to share in order for everyone to have a place.  This game results in quite a few giggles 🙂

After the game, bring the children to the table and give them each a piece of construction paper.  Have the children trace both of their hands on the paper. Explain that, because Jesus was no longer a human being on earth, the church became His hands on earth.  Have the children write or draw pictures of the ways the early church served each other.

If enough time remains, work on the memory verse, using Post-It notes to cover up random words throughout the verse.

Looking for more on the book of Acts?  Click below to see all of our other adventures from the book of Acts!


One response to “Sharing in the Early Church – Acts 4:32-37

  1. Lisa says:

    Thank you for this fun and creative lesson – I will be using some of your ideas this Sunday!

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