Sunday, March 5, 2017

05 March 2017

Toddler Class
Coach Susan
Asst. 1 : Yessy
Asst. 2 : Tasya & Felianty

Primary Class 1-3
Coach Lily Bun
(Asst. San - San & Trista)

Primary Class 4-6
Coach Swanky




Prepare some water bottles as a target, and some pieces newspapers.
Get the kids into 2 groups, roll up the newspapers into balls and throw at the targets. 
First team to knock down all the water bottles wins.
You may want to put some water or sand in the bottles as added weight, but not too heavy because the newspapers are light.

STORY (Acts 6-7)


“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit. And then they would be His witnesses, not just in Jerusalem, but in all Judea and Samaria, and all over the world.
At the moment, all the disciples were still meeting together in Jerusalem.

Seven Chosen to Serve

As the group of believers got bigger, there were lots of people to care for, especially widows. The disciples had to focus on prayer and teaching the

word of Christ. So they decided to choose 7 men to help with the serving and caring of the people.

These 7 men had to be:

·         Good reputation

·         Full of the Holy Spirit

·         Wise

So 7 men were chosen:

·         Stephen — described as a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit

·         Philip

·         Prochorus

·         Nicanor

·         Timon

·         Parmenas

·         Nicolaus, who was from Antioch

The disciples laid hands on them and prayed for them.

Aren’t the names funny? Let’s read them again and pay particular attention to the first two (Stephen and Philip). We will be learning more about them this and next Sunday.

Stephen: Full of Grace and Power

Stephen was a man who was full of grace and power. He did great wonders and signs among the people, and told them about Jesus.

Some people who heard Stephen preaching didn’t like him talking about Jesus. They tried arguing with him, but Stephen would answer them full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit.

So they arrested him and brought before the religious leaders. They told lies, saying, “This man wants to destroy the temple and God’s law.”

The religious leaders looked at Stephen. And they all saw that his face was like an angel. “Are these things so?” they asked.

Stephen took this opportunity to tell everyone about how, through the ages, God’s plan was to save

His people through His son, Jesus.

Stephen: Full of the Holy Spirit

All these made the people even more angry. Because they didn’t believe in Jesus, and they had called for Jesus’ death.

But Stephen didn’t look at the angry crowd. Instead, he looked to Jesus. He saw heaven and Jesus standing at God’s right hand.

When he told the people what he saw, they cried out with a loud voice, shut their eyes and charged at him. They dragged him out to the city and stoned him.

Do you know what stoning is? Do you know what you did earlier today … throwing those paper balls at the bottles? Imagine you were doing that with big rocks … at a person. Yup, they were throwing rocks at Stephen to kill him.

It would have been a very painful and slow death. But before he died, Stephen cried out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”, and then, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

Do you recognize those words? That’s right. Jesus said something similar when He was hanging on the cross. (Luke 23:34, 46)

And approving all these was a young man named Saul, whom we will learn about later.

Pix illustrations can be found here:
http : //


Stephen kept his eyes on Jesus.

He was filled with Jesus’ Spirit. He served the church well. He was not afraid of telling people about

Jesus even when they hated him for it. He continued to look to Jesus even when he was attacked and stoned. And when he died, he knew he was going to be with his beloved Lord and Saviour, and he was not afraid.

Even when the church was attacked, God worked out His purposes.

Stephen’s death should have destroyed the church. There was great persecution/attack against the church in Jerusalem, and the believers ran away.

Acts 8:1 And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

But God used this “running away” to spread the good news about Jesus to everyone in those regions.

Interestingly, Acts 8:1 is the fulfillment of part of Acts 1:8. The believers became witnesses in all Judea and Samaria.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Let’s not stop talking about Jesus

The early church showed us that sometimes, believing in Jesus can cost us our lives. But we do not have to be afraid. We know Jesus loves us soooo much that He gave us His life. And we are forever with

Him. Let’s continue to keep our eyes on Jesus. And let’s trust God to turn a bad situation into good.

Let’s continue to tell our friends and family and neighbours about how much Jesus loves them and what He has done for them on the cross.

Get the kids into small groups to pray for who they want to share Jesus to and pray for them.

SONG: No other Name (with actions)

SONG: Refuge

DANCE: Salvation is here

No comments:

Post a Comment