Story Overview: Peter, the apostle, was arrested for preaching the word of God. The whole church was very afraid so they gathered together in a house to pray. While they were praying, an angel visited Peter’s prison cell and miraculously released him. Peter found his way to the house where the church was praying. When he knocked on the door, the servant girl who answered was so astounded that she left him standing at the door while she told everyone.
Suggested Emphasis: The church prays together for those in need.
|Background Study||Way to Introduce the Story||The Story|
|Review Questions||Craft and Activity Ideas||Online Resources|
Way to Introduce the Story:
Before class write the letters “J” “O” and “Y” with large letters on the board. Explain to the children that these letters are an easy way to remember how to pray. We should pray about Jesus (and the good things He has done) first because He is most important. Then we can pray about Others next so that God can help them. Lastly, you can pray about Yourself and the needs that you have. Sing “J-O-Y”— (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells) “J-O-Y, J-O-Y, This must surely be. Jesus first, yourself last, and others in between.” “At the end of class I hope that we can all pray together. Today we are going to learn about a time when the whole church prayed for Peter. Some amazing things happened when the church prayed together.”
- When Peter was in prison, what was the church doing? Praying
- When Peter was sleeping in his prison cell, who tapped him on the shoulder and released him from prison? An angel
- How did the angel get Peter out of the prison past all of the guards? It was a miracle- the angel walked with Peter and they just walked by all of the groups of guards. The iron gate to the city just opened all by itself and they walked through it. After that the angel “suddenly left him.”
- When Peter came to the house where the church was praying, who answered the door? A servant girl named Rhoda
- Who did the church think was at the door? An angel- but it was Peter
- Look over today’s church bulletin to see if there are any prayer requests.
- Invite someone from the church prayer ministry to talk about what they do.
- Begin a class prayer project for the term. One idea might be to draw a tree (or bring in an actual limb) and have the children write their prayer requests on green “leaves” each week and attach them to the tree. If you attach them with blue tac then they can be taken off and passed out so that children can pray for that item in a chain prayer. Another idea is a “prayer line” where prayer requests are written on pieces of paper and attached to the wall, one after the other, to form a line. This can get longer each week.
- For more prayer ideas see Prayer in Bible Class.
- Colouring page and puzzle worksheets at http://www.calvarycurriculum.com/pdf/childrenscurriculum/NEW/CURR257.PDF
- Craft: Printable prison craft for Paul and Silas story that can be adapted to this lesson. From http://emmanuel.org.ua/Kids/Make12E.html
- Craft: Jelly bean prayer craft at http://www.dltk-holidays.com/easter/jellybean.htm
- Craft: Prayer chains at http://www.sundayschoolcrafts.com/Prayer_Chain.html
- Craft: Praying hands memory verse at http://www.mssscrafts.com/memoryverses/prayinghands.htm
- Craft: “Pray for one another” magnet at http://www.sundayschoolcrafts.com/Pray_for_One_Another_Magnet.html
- Craft: Prayer pail with popsicle/craft sticks at http://www.lubirdbaby.com/2009/07/prayer-pail.html
- Five finger prayer activity at http://www.sermons4kids.com/fivefingerprayer.html
- Recipe for praying pretzels at http://www.dltk-bible.com/recipes/pretzels.htm
- Fill-in-the-blank worksheet at http://sundayschoolsources.com/classmat/prayer.htm
- A good selection of puzzles and games to print at http://www.gardenofpraise.com/bibl61s.htm
- Lesson Plan for pre-schoolers from missionarlington.org
- Teacher’s Guide from ccquakertown.org
- Devotionals from ccquakertown.org