BIG IDEA: GOD GIVES LIFE!
AIM: This fun childrens lesson on Eutychus will help children to see that when Jesus is in their life they can make the most out of their lives – He gives us power to do the impossible and to see Jesus at work! This is the fourth and final session in the ‘Starting Over’ teaching series.
- ‘Jesus in my Life’ by Hillsong Kids
- ‘Do Life Big’ by Jamie Grace (a fun background song – not for worship)
- ‘This is Living’ by Young and Free
- Balloon Games! Choose a balloon game and have fun! This session is all about life – and life is fun and exciting!
BIG VERSE: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new has come: The old has gone. the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17.
SET the Scene:
Read Acts 20:7-12. Ask the children if any of them have ever fallen asleep in church. Explain that Paul was in town to speak to the people, to encourage them and to preach the gospel. Eutychus was very tired and something sad happened to him. [Of course, some children will love the humour in this story, but for others they will feel shocked. Make sure you are sensitive to both types!]
- ‘Eutychus’ by Jacobs Well Kids
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1) GOD GIVES LIFE
Bring a toy doll or teddy in. Ask one of the kids if they would like to volunteer to help you. Then ask them to help you give your teddy or doll life. Explain that you would love to see your teddy/doll alive (like in the Toy Story movies) so please can they make it come to life.
Say: You know, only God can give life. Real life. True life. I can’t give this teddy/doll life. Neither can you. Of course, if God really wanted to, I’m sure He could… but God always has a purpose for doing things. And what would be the purpose of that?! [No, really! Although it would be super cool to have a talking teddy!]
It would have been horrible to suddenly see that Eutychus had fallen from three stories onto the floor… dead. Yet God gives life. He can do anything! God is the Creator and He created us and gave each one of us life. In Genesis we are told that God created the world and the people in it. Genesis 2:7 says: “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” God gives life.
John 1:3-4 it says “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.” This bible verse is talking about Jesus. Jesus brings life because He is God and God gives life!
2) PAUL HAD FAITH
Tim: Oh man… I just don’t think I’m going to pass this test.
Josh: What do you mean? You’ve been studying for weeks!
Tim: I know!
Josh: Every time I want to come around to yours and play your mom always tells me “Tim is working honey, come back later!”
Tim: Yeah, so…
Josh: I go back later and she says the same thing! You’re always studying!
Tim: I know, I just really wanna pass this test!
Josh: You know what you need?!
Josh: All you need is a little faith.
Josh: You need faith. Faith is when we know what God has said to be true and we believe it is true.
Tim: Josh… God never said I would pass my test.
Josh: Nope. But He did say that He will never leave us. And He did say we can trust Him to help us. Look, you’ve done your part. You’ve studied. Now trust that Jesus is going to help you. There’s no need to worry. He is with you.
Tim: Thanks, Josh.
Josh: Okay… now let’s go and play!
Say: Did you hear that? Tim was really worried about that test. Have you ever been worried? [Get response] How did you react? [Wait for response] In our story today we learn that Paul didn’t seem to get worried when Eutychus fell out of the window. He didn’t seem to be panicked at all.
Paul knew that Jesus was God and he believed that Jesus could bring his friend back to life. Why? Because Paul knew that Jesus had brought others back to life, like his own friend Lazarus. Paul knew that Jesus had brought himself back to life and Paul believed that Jesus wanted to bring Eutychus back to life.
That kind of faith is amazing! Yet God tells us that we have each been given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). We are also told that with just a tiny mustard seed of faith we can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). We can each have faith that God will help us to make the most out of our lives. That means believing and trusting that he is with us and he will work out our future. We can have faith that God goes with us and before us. It takes faith to know that God will help us make the most of our life.
3) I CAN MAKE THE MOST OF MY LIFE WITH JESUS
You could use this video taken from ‘Home Alone’ where Kevin talks to a homeless lady about using her heart. Then why not gift wrap a fantastic present. Allow a child to open it. Explain that it would be terrible if the present was never used as it is supposed to be used to the full.
Say: Let’s imagine for a moment that Paul decided to stop preaching once Eutychus had fallen out of the window. Imagine that he stopped believing in Jesus and quit. How terrible would that have been?! Paul was one of the apostles of Jesus. This means that he was very important in helping the Church to get started. He helped to start churches in many different places.
You see, Paul knew that when Jesus gives us life, he gives abundant life – life to the full! Life to the max. Paul made the most of his life with Jesus because he put Jesus as number 1 in his life. He did everything he could to follow Jesus – he used his life to do all he could for him.
USING YOUR LIFE:
[Watch the movie clip]
Perhaps, like the homeless woman was scared of using her heart, we are scared to make the most of our life with Jesus. We might worry what people will think or say. Maybe you have been disappointed because you prayed for something and it didn’t happen. Don’t give up. Keep making the most out of your life with Jesus by asking him to help you to keep believing every step of the way.
[Get out the present and allow a child to open it.]
Wouldn’t it be sad if this present was never used? It would be terrible if at the end of our lives we realised we had never really made the most of what God had given us. Yet if we ask Jesus, he can help us to make the most out of our lives!
- What time was Paul preaching until? (v7)
- Why was Paul preaching so late into the night? (v7)
- Where were the people? (v8)
- Where was Eutychus sitting? (v9)
- What was Eutychus doing before he fell? (v9)
- What floor did Eutychus fall from? (v9)
- What did Paul do? (v10)
- What did Paul say? (v10)
- What did Paul do once Eutychus was alive again? (v11)
- What did Eutychus do? (v12)
SEARCH the Scriptures:
Check out this list of people that were raised to life in the Bible. Before the session you will need to use all 9 characters listed (this excludes Eutychus) and write them on slips of paper.
Choose two children to be the tag team and make sure they have their backs turned until you say go. The rest of the children must lie down on their backs. Some of the children are handed one of the slips of paper. The tag team must then come around the group and try to make the children on their backs laugh. If they can make them laugh (without touching them) then the child on the floor must stand up and hand the tagger the slip of paper (if they have one!). The player with the most slips of paper at the end is the winner.
- Why do you think God gave life back to these people?
- How does God give us life?
Questions for Older children:
- What do you think people mean when they say you can ‘make the most out of your life’?
- How will you make the most of the life God has given us?
- How can we help others to make the most of their lives?
- What do you think God wants you to do with your life?
SENSE How You Feel:
What would you have felt if you had seen Eutychus fall?
- Re-enact the bible story. Imagine what it was like for a) Eutychus b) the People watching c) Paul. Ask the children to freeze frame at each point in the story and tell you how they think their character would feel.
- Use the Jesus Without Language Eutychus craft.
- Create this fun Eutychus craft by cutting a hole in a brown piece of paper and attaching some cotton and a Eutychus character at the end.
- Make your own bible lamps by using clay to mould it together.
Say: Is there something missing in your life?
- Perhaps you need to make a commitment to Jesus – you need to ask him to be your Savior and Lord.
- Maybe you need to ask God to help you bring life to others, through your words and actions.
- Perhaps you need to ask God to help you make the most of your life with Jesus, by living for Jesus.
As the children are led in prayer for these things you could ask them to put their hand in paint and make a hand print on the paper to show that they want to make the most of their life with Jesus. Remind them that living their lives for Jesus isn’t always easy. Sometimes it is messy. But it is really worth it! It’s exciting and fun! You never know what will happen next!