Scripture Reference: Acts 20:7-12
Story Overview: After three months of travel since leaving Ephesus Paul stopped in Troas. Paul preached on his last Sunday there. A young man named Eutychus was sitting in a window to listen. When Paul preached on until midnight Eutychus went to sleep and then fell out of the third story window and died. Paul raised the boy from the dead.
Suggested Emphasis: It is important to show respect, have good manners and to listen to God’s word during the church assembly.
Memory Verse: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17 (ESV)
|Background Study||Way to Introduce the Story||The Story|
|Review Questions||Craft and Activity Ideas||Other Online Resources|
Way to Introduce the Story:
“What is the longest sermon or speech you have ever heard?” (Let children respond or share your own experiences.) “Was it hard to be still and quiet? Did you get tired or sleepy? In today’s lesson we learn about a time that Paul preached a very long sermon. He preached all the way until midnight! There was a boy in the audience that got very tired during the sermon. Let’s see what happened.”
- Who preached so long that it was past midnight? Paul
- What happened to Eutychus? He went to sleep during Paul’s preaching and fell out of a third floor window and died.
- What did Paul do when he found Eutychus dead? He put his arms around him. Then he raised him from the dead.
- Why is it important to listen to the word of God being preached? Faith comes from hearing God’s word (Romans 10:17)
- How can we show respect to everyone who is listening to the preaching of God’s word? (Can be a lot of answers) quietly listen, do not get up and walk around during the sermon, don’t talk or whisper to people during the preaching, quietly look up and write down the scriptures that the preacher says, etc.
- Continue to trace Paul’s third missionary journey on the map you enlarged last week.
- Write the word “RESPECT” on the board or on a large sheet of paper. Ask the class to help you list ways of showing respect to others during the Sunday Worship Assembly (being quiet so others can hear the sermon, going to the toilet and getting a drink before the assembly begins so you don’t have to get up, etc.)
- Take the time to show the children some “quiet activities” that can be done during the worship assembly to help little minds to stay occupied: colouring sheets, copying songs or scriptures on to paper, making mazes or puzzles out of words from verses, or keeping tallies of how many times the preacher uses certain words (God, Jesus, bible, etc.). Notice children who are especially “good” during the assembly. Ask those children or their parents to talk to your class about what they do.
- Song: I Can Be a Missionary
- Craft: Make a relief map of Paul’s Journies featuring the place in today’s story. If you are studying about Paul’s journies over a few lessons then you could add more details to the map each time you learn about another stop on the journey. Instructions on how to make a relief map at http://www.squidoo.com/salt-dough-maps
- Check the Teaching Ideas page on this website for ideas that are adaptable to any lesson.
Other Online Resources:
- Simple colouring page at http://abigbowloflife.blogspot.com/2010/12/coloring-page-eutychus-from-acts-20.html
- A good selection of puzzles and games to print at http://www.gardenofpraise.com/bibl71s.htm
- Online and printable activities and games at http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl71s.htm
- Review: Create a “passport” that covers the life of Paul. Good visual ideas and activities. Could be split up to go with several lessons or taught all together as a review of previous lessons concerning Paul found at http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.co.nz/2013/03/review-of-pauls-life.html