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Aim: To emphasize that joy is ours regardless of our situation, and this joy in God is our strength to overcome the situation
Core Competency: Joy
Objectives: The children will
Key Verse: I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. ( John 15:11 )
Story: "Paul and Silas Rejoice in Prison " ( Acts 16:16-34 )
Eye on Science:
Advance Preparation: To make a plug for one of the cups, use the mouth of one of the cups as a template to draw a circle on the poster board (the outer dashed line in the figure). Use the bottom of the cup as a second template to draw another circle centered inside the first (the inner dashed line in the figure). Draw a tab extending outward about 3 cm (1 inch) from the larger circle. Draw 6 equidistant radial lines from the outer circle to about half-way to the inner circle.
Cut out the outer circle / tab from the poster board and the radial lines (the heavy lines in the figure should be cut). The resulting shape should fit snugly about a centimeter (3/8") inside the mouth of the cup, with the tab protruding on one side.
Line the back and sides of the aquarium (or other large see-through container) with black construction paper to make it opaque. Fill it at least 2/3 full of confetti. (If confetti is unavailable or too expensive, shred newspaper into rough squares about 5 cm (2 inches) per side, and crumble into small balls.)
Using tape or glue, attach a small amount of confetti or newspaper to the top of the plug prepared earlier. Fill one of the cups 2/3 full of candy and insert plug (this is the "prepared cup").
Hide the prepared cup in the bottom of the aquarium, leaning against the side wall at the back.
During Class:Tell the story of Paul and Silas in prison from the guard's point of view. The story is more effectively told if the guard has a name, but be honest with the children - "The Bible doesn't tell us his name, but let's call him Julius."
Emphasize the following points:
Application Questions: Are you filled with joy because you believe in God? If your joy is lacking, what will you do this morning to change that? Is your joy a witness to others of the gospel, just as the joy of Paul and Silas was a witness to the jailor in Philippi?
Used: KIDZ 07/01