Week 1 objectives: to learn that this verse comes from the book of Acts and that in this verse Peter is speaking to a man named Cornelius.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game about sending for and finding the right person.
You will need: ‘Different faces’ (see Printables) and ‘Bring to me…’ list (see Printables).
Before the session print and cut out two sets of ‘Different faces’ and the ‘Bring to me…’ list.
Divide your group into two teams. Give one set of faces to each team. Ask the children to arrange the different faces on the floor so that they can be seen by all the team members.
When the children are ready, make sure you are equidistant from each team. Read through the list, pausing after each ‘Bring to me…’ command so that the children can find an appropriate ‘face’ and bring it to you. If the children don’t have a suitable ‘face’ to bring they will need to wait for the next command.
The first team to have brought all their ‘faces’ to you is the winning team. The children will soon find that they need to be careful which ‘face’ they choose. For example, if they choose to bring to you the man with a beard and glasses, they might not have a man with glasses left! The game is all about guessing; there is no skill involved, so praise the children for all their efforts.
Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible and ‘Bring Peter to me’ speech bubble (see Printables).
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper and print and cut out the ‘speech bubble’.
Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us learn more about who Jesus is.
Underline the reference. Explain that this verse comes from the book of Acts in the New Testament part of the Bible. Find the book of Acts in a Bible or ask one of the older children to find it.
The name ‘Acts’ is short for ‘Acts of the Apostles’. The book is given this name because it’s all about what the Apostles did after Jesus died and went back up to Heaven. The book of Acts was written by a doctor called Luke. Luke wrote this book after he wrote the Gospel of Luke. When he wrote this verse he was writing about the Apostle Peter. Luke tells the reader that a man called Cornelius had sent for Peter.
Draw a smiley face next to the verse and write the name ‘Cornelius’ underneath. ‘Bring Peter to me here in Caesarea’, said Cornelius. Stick the speech bubble next to the smiley face. Three men went to find Peter. The men brought Peter and some other believers back to Caesarea.
Draw another smiley face and write ‘Peter’ underneath. Cornelius had gathered his friends and family. ‘We all want to hear what God has told you,’ said Cornelius. Peter began to tell Cornelius about Jesus. After a while he said these words: ‘God gave Jesus of Nazareth the Holy Spirit and power. Jesus went about doing good deeds.’
Point to the verse as you read it aloud. Cornelius and the people with him listened carefully to Peter. While Peter was still speaking, the people listening suddenly began to speak in a language given to them by the Holy Spirit. ‘This is amazing,’ said Peter’s friends, ‘These people are full of the Holy Spirit’. The gift of the Holy Spirit had been given to them too. Peter spent a few more days with Cornelius before leaving Caesarea.
Point to the verse again and explain that over the next few weeks we are going to find out what this verse tells us about Jesus.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘Father Abraham had many sons’:
God gave Je-e-sus,
The Holy Spirit and power,
God gave Je-e-sus,
The Holy Spirit
And he went about doing good.