While we are unable to meet for Sunday School, I will post an adaptation of the children's Sunday School lesson every Monday. Think of the lesson as a guide to discuss a story from the Bible together. Each lesson will include some introductory material, a Scripture reading, questions for review and discussion, an activity suggestion, a short prayer, and a memory verse. I encourage you to take just 10-15 minutes every week to actively engage your children or grandchildren in this opportunity to grow together in your faith!
Share some background information before reading the story together.
This week’s story is about how Jesus’ earliest followers were beginning to come together as the church. When Jesus was on earth, the people who believed there was something special about him could be with him, and many people even followed him as he traveled from town to town telling people about God’s love. After Jesus’ resurrection, he spent several weeks on earth; but then he went to be with God on a day we will soon celebrate called Ascension Sunday.
After Jesus went to be with God, his earliest followers realized they needed to do something to make sure everyone could know that Jesus was God’s Son. They also realized that they would need to do something to take care of people who were hungry or poor or sick, just like Jesus had taught them. Today’s story is about how Jesus’ followers took care of others, and how they helped others know about God’s love for them.
Read the story about how the early church came together, took care of one another, and how their love for one another led others to know God’s love. You can read the story from the Bible or the simplified version of the story from the Spark Story Bible below.
Acts 2:43-47, 4:32-37
Some of the early believers were great at sharing. They shared their food and their clothes. They shared their money and their homes. They were so generous. No one was poor or needy because others gave without holding anything back. Together they saw many miracles and wonders.
They met in the temple, and they met in their homes. They talked about Jesus, and they thanked God for blessing them. And then something amazing happened.
When other people saw how happy the first believers were, sharing all they had and talking about Jesus, they believed, too. They became Christians, and they shared their food and their clothes and their money and their homes. They became one, big, Christian family. And their church family grew and grew and grew.
- What kinds of things did the early believers share with one another?
- What did the early believers do when they gathered together?
- What did other people notice about the early believers?
- What happened to the church family because of what the early believers did?
- How do you think the early believers felt when they saw people in need?
- Do you think it was easy or hard for them to share their food, money, and homes? Why? How do you think it made them feel?
- What are things you can share to help other people?
Every person in your family has an important job. Share with each other some of the important jobs each person in your family does. What would happen if you all didn’t do your jobs? Every job, from taking out the trash to picking up toys to making dinner to mowing the lawn, is important! We depend on each other to each do our jobs.
The church is a lot like a family. Every person in the church is important, and every person has a job to do. Some people teach, some people sing, some people make food, some people knit, and there are so many other important things people in the church do! Talk about some of the people in our church and the important things they do. Consider calling or sending a card to some of those people to thank them for the ways they serve our church!
Dear God, thank you for always being someone we can depend on. Thank you for the people in our families and in our church who love us and care for us. Help us share the things we have with others to help them. Amen.
There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. Acts 4:34