4th Sunday in Easter: April 22nd

Godly Play I and III: Paul’s Discovery

Memory Verse: For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6

Summary: Today’s story comes from Acts and multiple other New Testament books. It walks through the life of Paul, taking children through stories of his conversion, missionary journeys and death.

I Wonder…: what your favorite part of the story is? what the most important part could be? if this story has anything do with you? what you think about Paul? what it is like to be in a place where people do not like Jesus?

Additional Followup: Get out a map and trace Paul’s missionary journeys. Find out which New Testament letters are written by Paul. Do you have a favorite?

Fun Facts for Parents: We know from his second letter to Timothy that Paul was probably aware that his time on earth was ending– and that he would be executed for his faith (see 2 Timothy 4). Though we don’t have an exact time, Paul’s death is typically dated during Nero’s rule. Nero hated Christians, blamed them for the burning of Rome and tortured them greatly. He even used Christians as human torches for lighting at his evening parties. Because he was a Roman citizen, historians report that Paul’s death would have likely come from sword or axe rather than crucifixion or burning. Many myths have popped up surrounding the death of Paul. One claims that after decapitation, Paul’s head bounced three times, leaving behind three flowing springs where it touched the ground. While the manner in which Paul was killed cannot be confirmed, we are confident that Paul was most likely killed for his faith. He was once a man driven by perfectionism and hatred of Christians until he met Jesus and was changed. I wonder how knowing Jesus changes you?

Godly Play II: Jesus and the 12

Memory Verse: …those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew, Phillip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brother. Acts 1:13b-14

Summary: Today we will learn about Jesus’ Disciples/ Apostles. These men were vital to spreading the Gospel after Jesus ascended into heaven. They also wrote most of our New Testament books. This lesson will review each of the apostles, how they met Jesus, how they continued his ministry, and how they died.

I Wonder…: why Jesus called for these specific men to follow them?  what they thought of Jesus? how they felt when he died and was resurrected? which one you like best? what it is you like about him?

Additional Followup: Try to name all 12 and what you know about each one. HERE is an incredibly cheesy song that might help you memorize them! Maybe you can put your own spin on it.

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