Prayer idea - Acts 4 - The most precious thing I can give


The believers in Acts 4 in the early church must work together to make sure everyone has enough.

In this creative prayer idea, we are going to encourage the children to think about the most precious thing they can give to God or to others.

The most precious thing I can give creative prayer idea on Acts 4 unity early church

What do you need:

- two paper plates for each child
- for each child a piece of paper and a pen

What do you do:

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Game - Acts 4 - Move the empty Coke can


The believers in Acts 4 in the early church must work together to make sure everyone has enough. Rich people sell houses and land. The apostles distribute it to the poor. In this game we are going to work closely together to get something for the other person.

Share honestly object lesson and bible game on Acts 4 unity early church

What do you need:

- uncooked spaghetti
- empty lemonade cans with the tab still attached

What do you do:

As an example of the game, watch this video on YouTube: 

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Game - Acts 4 - The chocolate party!


Sharing everything together sounds easier than it is.

We are going to discover this today in this game in which groups are going to share a bar of chocolate with each other. That is: with a knife and fork and neatly dressed, of course!

Share honestly object lesson and bible game on Acts 4 unity early church

What do you need:

For each team:
- a large slice of chocolate
- one die
- a knife and fork
- a scarf, gloves and a hat

What do you do:

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Object lesson - Acts 4 - Give it away, before the time runs out


One of the reasons the believers of the first church were so generous and even sold houses and pieces of land was because they thought Jesus could come back from heaven at any time. Using a game, we will explore this with the children.

Give it away object lesson and bible game on Acts 4 unity early church

What do you need:

- three wrapped gifts
- timer

What do you do:

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Object lesson - Acts 4 - Do we always share everything honestly?

Throw the ball

A fun Bible game and object lesson about sharing everything together in the early church in Acts 4. 

Share honestly object lesson and bible game on Acts 4 unity early church

What do you need:

- soft foam ball

What do you do:

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Object lesson - Acts 4 - Do you have a nickname?


A beautiful object lesson on Barnabas and God's name for us

Today in the Bible story, the disciple Joseph is given a nickname by the apostles. He is henceforth called Barnabas, the comforter. Nicknames can be both negative and very powerfully positive and define people's identity, as for example with Jacob who is called Israel (God Struggles) by God. In this object lesson we will look with the children at positive nicknames for them.

Many pieces make up a puzzle Object lesson on Acts 4 early church unity

What you need:

- pen and paper

What to do:

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Experiment - Acts 4 - Blow those books over


How do you show the power of bundling together?

The early church did everything together, bundled everything they had. As a result, they seemed to be able to move mountains. But so can we if we bundle our strength together.

Today the kids are going to try and blow a pile of books over. Can they do it? With a little help it's very easy!

Many pieces make up a puzzle Object lesson on Acts 4 early church unity

What you need:

- plastic bag
- a big pile of books

What to do:

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YouTube video - Acts 4 - Catch it


Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion on the unity and sharing in the early church in Acts 4 

A family of meerkats live on the steppe of Africa. Every day they wait for that one fruit to fall that they will share with each other. But there is also a big mean vulture, who wants the fruit for himself. Who will win? The meerkats who want to share or the vulture who wants everything for himself? Or are there only losers?Catch it Use this Youtube video to reflect with children on the early church sunday school

Why does this film fit in with today's Bible story?

Today in the Bible story we reflect on the early church who shared everything with each other. But sharing is difficult. What if there is someone who doesn't want to share and how do you make sure everyone gets the same amount? Or does it not matter?

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps:

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Icebreaker - Acts 4 - Let's swap


With an icebreaker you introduce the children at the beginning of the children's work to the theme in a introduction to the theme in a playful manner.

Today we reflect on the first church. A group of new believers who were all separate pieces at first, and now become a beautiful puzzle in which they are one with each other in everything and share with each other.

There is really a deep unity among the believers, in which they share everything with each other and agree on everything. It really is those wonderful honeymoon weeks of the first church. Everyone has food to eat. Rich people sell their house or a piece of land and give that money to the apostles. The apostles then shared this among the poor.

Many pieces make up a puzzle Object lesson on Acts 4 early church unity

What you need:

- cards with different amounts of money on them, from very low amounts to very high amounts
- toothpick sticks with different lengths

What to do:

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Object lesson - Acts 4 - Who is richer?


Who is richer? The one who has the most or the one who gives the most?

This object lesson is a simple and fun way to illustrate a themes such as money and giving. You can use this as a children’s moment during a service, a preaching illustration, in your Sunday school lesson, in an assembly or an RE lesson.

Today we reflect on the first church. A group of new believers who were all separate pieces at first, and now become a beautiful puzzle in which they are one with each other in everything and share with each other.

There is really a deep unity among the believers, in which they share everything with each other and agree on everything. It really is those wonderful honeymoon weeks of the first church. Everyone has food to eat. Rich people sell their house or a piece of land and give that money to the apostles. The apostles then shared this among the poor.

Many pieces make up a puzzle Object lesson on Acts 4 early church unity

What you need:

- 2 x two pound /  euro / dollars coins 
- 10 x one pound / euro / dollars coins  

What to do:

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Object lesson - Acts 4 - Many pieces make up a puzzle - FREE

Walk-in activity 

A idea that the kids in your children's ministry can do while the program hasn't started yet. Suitable for children's work, where children gradually trickle in.

Today we reflect on the first church. A group of new believers who were all separate pieces at first, and now become a beautiful puzzle in which they are one with each other in everything and share with each other.

There is really a deep unity among the believers, in which they share everything with each other and agree on everything. It really is those wonderful honeymoon weeks of the first church. Everyone has food to eat. Rich people sell their house or a piece of land and give that money to the apostles. The apostles then shared this among the poor.

Many pieces make up a puzzle Object lesson on Acts 4 early church unity

What you need:

- one or more puzzles (difficulty depending on age)

What to do:

Children who come in may help to make the puzzle or puzzles together. Can you do this in the 5 or 10 minutes we have?

Afterwards
Share: Today we reflect on the first congregation. A group of new believers who first were all separate pieces and now become a beautiful puzzle in which they are all one and share are one with each other and share with each other.

Game - Isaiah - Blow Your Dream Forward


The prophet Isaiah dreams in Isaiah chapter 2 of peace throughout the world. But what can he do to achieve his dream?

Isaiah 2 Blow your dream forward object lesson

What do you need:

- a table
- two shoe boxes
- straws
- ping pong balls

What do you do:

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