A Team Helped a Roman Army Officer
Dear Lord, please help our children to work together, helping one another in love, as they serve you and other people.
Choose from any of these children's activities.
1. An older child or teacher reads from Acts chapter 10 or tells by memory about Cornelius, an officer who led Roman soldiers.
This story tells how Peter and
his co-workers from Joppa worked together
· What kind of man was Cornelius? [See verse 2]
· Who were the team members that went with Peter to tell Cornelius about Jesus? [Verse 23]
· What did God teach to Peter through a dream, about Peter’s attitude toward Gentiles (non-Jews)? [Verse 28]
· Who was waiting with Cornelius to hear the gospel? [Verse 24]
· How soon did the Holy Spirit come upon Cornelius and his group? [Verse 44]
How soon were they baptized? [Verse
2. Dramatize the story of Peter and Cornelius, from Acts chapter 10.
· Arrange with the leader of the main church worship to have the children present this drama.
· You do not have to do all the parts of the drama.
· Use your time with the children to prepare the drama.
· Let the older children help the younger ones prepare.
· Older children and adults play these parts:
Younger children play these parts:
· Let the people who watch the drama be Cornelius’ friends.
Tell the first part of the story, from Acts 10:1-8.
God “Cornelius, I have heard
Tell the second part of the story, from Acts 10:9-23.
God Hold up the bed sheet
for all to see.
Crawl around on the sheet, on hands and knees.
“I cannot, Lord!
God “Do not call anything
unclean that I have made clean.
Peter and Voice of
Go to Peter and say,
“God has told me to go with you, even though my culture forbids me
“Peter, since we, too, believe in Jesus,
Tell the third part of the story from Acts 10:24-48.
“Cornelius, you sent for us to tell you about Jesus.
Cornelius “The Holy Spirit has convinced us that we are sinners and we need Jesus!”
Point at Cornelius’ friends (all who are watching the drama).
Narrator Thank everyone who helped with the drama.
3. If the children dramatize this story for the adults, then let them also ask the adults the questions under #1 above.
4. Draw a Picture of a pig. (If your culture does not allow pigs, then do not draw this picture.)
Let the children copy it and
show their pictures to the adults at the next worship time.
Some children might like to
colour the picture found at the end of this lesson.
5. Ask the children to give other examples of things that make it hard to talk with people of other cultures or castes about Jesus.
Older children might draw a Roman soldier, to remind them of how Cornelius, a good man, believed and helped his friends to hear about Jesus.
6. Memorize 2 Chronicles 16:9 (first part)
“The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth, that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”
7. Let four children each recite one verse from Psalm 67:1, 2, 3 & 4.
8. Older children write poems, songs or a short drama, during the week, about working together as a team to tell people of other cultures about Jesus.
9. Let an older child pray:
“Lord, we praise you for saving people of all nations from sin and death. Help us to love them and tell them about Jesus, even if they have different cultures from us.”
A more detailed drama, dealing
with Peter taking the gospel to non-Jews: