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Bible Story Reference: Acts 3; 4:1-33
Zechariah 4:6b (NIV)
Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
Have the children act out the story as you tell it. Today’s story is meant to emphasize the boldness brought about by the Holy Spirit when believers pray for power.
Characters: Peter, John, lame man, priests, guards, captain of guards,Sadducees, the crowd (All other children become the crowd of listeners, then later the Sanhedrin, and finally, the praying believers.)
Tell the children to listen for church, community, or believers. When they hear those words, they should join hands.
Setting: Designate one corner of the room as a “jail.” The lame man sits begging to one side at the front of the room.
Peter and John are on their way to the Temple. A lame man calls to them and holds out his arms. [Peter and John approach the lame man. The man raises his arms.]
Peter and John stop. They tell him that they have no money [Peter and John shake heads], but that they will give what they have. They call on the name of Jesus, and the man is healed. [The man jumps up.]
People come running. [Beckon for everyone to gather around.] They crowd around Peter and John.
The people ask many questions about the healing and Jesus and the Resurrection. Peter and John [point to Peter and John] speak to them boldly.
[Enter priests and captain, followed by Sadducees.] Then suddenly some priests and the captain of the Temple guard push their way through the crowd.
(You children who were the “crowd” now become the Sanhedrin, which is like a Jewish government. Return to your seats and try to look stiff and proud.)
You children who are the Sanhedrin now become the believers [join
hands]. You are the first church [join hands]. The people in a church [join hands] are also called a community of believers [join hands].
“Be Bold” Poster
What You Need
On the scraps of coloured paper, draw and cut out two letter “B’s”, one letter “E”, letter “D”, letter “L” and letter “O”
On the paper for the background, stick the letters to spell “Be Bold”.
This is to remind us how Peter and John were bold and courageous before the council.