Acts 10-15 The Word of God Grew and Multiplied
- Some materials in this lesson were taken from https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/come-follow-me/primary?lang=eng.
- They were then arranged conveniently for printing. The “Come Follow Me” program is about self-learning and teaching.
1) Love Those That Are Different Than You – God is no respecter of persons (younger/older children)
[Question] Do you know the story of the star belly Sneechers by Dr. Suess? Sneeches are fun creatures that live on beaches. There are two kinds of Sneeches. Ones that have stars on their bellies, and one that do not. Print and hand out stars to half the kids in class.
- Divide the kids in class into two groups and separate them in the room. One with stars on their bellies on one side and without on the other.
*You can use star stickers, or download and cutout this image if you have none.
The Story of the Sneeches (part 1)
“The star belly Sneeches where taught that when they are out walking, they walk past the Sneeches without stars, and no talking. Keep your snoot in the air, and remember to snort, and try to avoid the plain belly sort…”
Have the kids with stars look down upon the ones without stars as they circle the room once and return to their seats.
[Question] Is it loving to avoid others that are different than you?
In Peter’s time some people believed that God loved only some groups of people, but Peter learned that God loves all of His children.
The Story of the Sneeches (part 2)
The Sneeches who had no stars are visited by a salesman who offers to give them stars on their belly for the cost of money. Soon every Sneech on the beach had stars upon each.
- Give the children without stars one for their belly as they pretend to pay you.
The Story of the Sneeches (part 3)
But the original Sneeches were upset that they were now the same, they gave the salesman some money to take them away.
- Take the stars away from the original Sneeches as they pretend pay you.
The Story of the Sneeches (part 4)
The stars went on and off the Sneeches day after day. As they competed to be different then each other and the same.
- Let the kids grab what stars they want and tape them all over their bodies.
The Story of the Sneeches (part 5)
Over time no one could tell who was who. And the Sneeches learned that it is OK to be different just like you.
*Have the kids talk about what makes them different. Get to know them better and rejoice in their differences 🙂 Talk about how God wants everyone to learn and live His gospel.
[Question] How did some Church members react when they heard that Peter had been teaching the gospel to Gentiles?
[Scripture] Acts 10:34-35 God teaches that we must show love to everyone even if you look different, act different, have different hobbies, like different movies, or make different choices. We are all God’s children.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
2) We are followers of Jesus Christ – Called by His name
[Question] Are you Christians?
[Question] What does it mean to be a Christian?
Many people in the bible referred to Paul, Peter and the Apostles, as Christians. It was a way to call people by a name to identify them as part of a group. Today, we may also be called Christians. Sometimes we are called Mormons because we believe in the Book of Mormon. We are also called LDS. The prophet has asked that we identify ourselves to others correctly. Not to call ourselves Mormons or even LDS people anymore.
* Oct 7, 2018 published by Church Newsroom
“The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints… We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with His will.”
“When we discard the Saviors name, we are subtly disregarding all that Jesus Christ did for us. Even His atonement. Every Sunday as we partake of the sacrament we make a promise to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ.”
3) Heavenly Father Hears and Answers Prayers – The bondage of Peter
Peter is throw into prison and bound with two chains. The prayers of the saints are answered and he is set free.
This fun activity teaches Peters story, and also allows for much discussion on prayer.
Step 1 – Bind every child in class with a paper chain. Make it so that every child is chained together. Cut out the chain from the printout below.
Step 2 – The chains go around the wrists and the middle part is this separate download which contains reasons, questions, and scriptures on prayer:
Put the two strips of paper together in a paper chain like this.
Remember that the chain will be long (if you decide to bind the whole class together), with the pattern being chain – prayer thought – chain -prayer thought…
This is the printout story of Peter, Prayer of the Saints, and Herod: Acts 12:1-17. You can read the story, or cut it up into strips and pass it out to the children to read.
At the end of the story, you can have the children break their chains. Make sure they keep the middle link part as it contains a thought, scripture, or question they can read. This activity can be done in different ways, and may take up the whole class.
4) We Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ
I created this badge after seeing the download given in the Come Follow Me manual. The badge looked a little plain so I made a new one.
*punch a hole and tie some yarn through it so the kids can wear it after coloring it.
1) What does this mean? “God is no respecter of persons”.
2) Is it important to pray to our Heavenly Father when we need Him?
3) How important is it for us to thank our Heavenly Father?
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