Children’s Message: Colorful Chains

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An engaging Bible activity where Paul and Silas and a tasty
treat teach kids about God’s love.

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Materials:

  • plastic knives
  • 1 small bowl
  • paper plates (1 per child)
  • water
  • paper towels

Fun Foods: Different colors and flavors of
Fruit by the Foot cut into 6-inch strips (5 strips per child)

Place 5 fruit strips of different colors on a plate. Make each
strip into a circle, and link the circles together to form a chain.
Close the circles by dabbing a small amount of water on the ends
and pressing them together.

The Bible Story
Paul and Silas in Jail (Acts 16)

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Ask: How do you feel when someone has been
unkind to you or treated you un-fairly? What do you do?

Say: Some very unfair things happened to Paul
the missionary. Paul had a good friend named Silas. Paul and Silas
traveled together telling everyone they met about Jesus. Many
people listened to their words and believed in Jesus. Peo-ple who
believed in Jesus were called Christians. Give each child a plate
with five different colors of fruit strips on it.

Not everyone believed Paul and Silas. They didn’t like
Christians and tried to get them to stop telling people about
Jesus. In one city people put Paul and Silas in jail. They put
chains around Paul’s and Silas’ feet so they couldn’t walk. Have
each child make a circle using one of the strips. Let children dab
water on the ends and press them together to make the circle.

Paul and Silas didn’t worry, even though they were in chains and
in jail. They prayed to God. They sang songs to God. The other
people in the jail listened to them. They listened to their
prayers. They listened to their songs. Have each child link a
second circle with the first one and use water to seal the second
circle.

In the middle of the night, the ground shook with an earthquake.
Everyone was surprised. But then the doors to the jail flew open!
The chains on the prison-ers fell off! Have each child link a third
circle onto the chain.

The man in charge of the jail woke up and ran to see what had
happened. He was afraid that all the prisoners had run away. Have
each child link a fourth circle onto the chain.

Paul and Silas called to him, “We are all here.” The jailer was
amazed. He knew something had happened that only God could do. He
asked Paul and Silas what he should do. Have each child link a
fifth circle onto the chain.

“Believe in Jesus,” they told him. And he did. He let Paul and
Silas out of jail. The jailer took them to his home and took care
of them. He gave them food to eat. The jailer’s family members all
became Christians that night.

Ask: Why do you think Paul and Silas could sing
and praise God after so many bad things had happened to them? When
will you sing and pray to God this week?

Pray: Dear God, thank you for always being with
us, no matter what happens. Help us to remember that you are always
here, always loving us wherever we are. Amen.

Make paper chains.

Sing praise songs. Use rhythm instruments to accompany the
songs.

Use one-pint plastic berry baskets as jail cells. Make puppets
by drawing features on the ends of craft sticks. Decorate the
puppets with fabric scraps and yarn. Let the children tell the
Bible story using the puppets and basket.

Spice Up the Recipe!

Purchase a 13×9-inch cake, and frost it using a thin layer of
canned frosting. Cut Fruit by the Foot into strips long enough to
lay over the top of the cake. Place the fruit strips two-inches
apart over the cake’s surface to look like prison bars. Decorate
the top of the cake with one of the chains.


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