Everybody’s Welcome: Peter and Cornelius

animal pile justjennifer

photo by justjennifer on flickr.com

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about Peter and Cornelius.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Acts 10
Once again this week, I asked my six year old daughter to choose which story we would learn about for God Time.  She has been exploring the Bible App for Kids all summer, and has been telling us a lot about what she had learned.  She said that one of the most memorable stories from the Bible App for Kids was Everybody’s Welcome, so that set our subject for the day.  You can get your own free copy of The Bible App for Kids here:  https://www.bible.com/kids

If you do not have access to this app, you can read the story of Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10 here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+10&version=ERV

(It is a long story, so you might want to take it in little chunks.)

Discuss as a family:
What did Cornelius learn from God in this story?  What was Peter’s vision?  What did he learn from God in this story?  How can we make others feel welcome in our home, in our church, in our school or workplaces?

Song:  Freedom is Coming  
My husband picked our song for this week.  It is a song that he knows from a Lutheran worship band called Prays Twice from when he was in high school, and that’s the version we used at our house.  You can learn the song from another source by watching the youtube video here:

Our kids could not sit still because the beat is so infectious.  I invite you to have your own dance party while you sing!

Activity:  Come on Down!
To get an idea of what Peter’s vision looked like, I told my children to bring us three small stuffed animals each.  We put them in a blanket and then raised it up as high as we could reach.  Then, we slowly lowered it down as we said, “All are welcome!”  This week’s activity is small but simple, and our kids wanted to do it again and again.  We didn’t get a picture again this week…having too much fun!  See the pic above for a close approximation.

Alternatively, you could do a craft with white sheets of paper and coloring utensils that will not bleed through the paper (i.e. crayons or colored pencils).  On one side, you could write “We have freedom” and draw all sorts of animals.  On the other side, you could write “All are welcome” and draw all sorts of people who you think God welcomes.

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that we have freedom and welcome because of you.  Help us to give freedom and welcome to others.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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