During Paul’s many adventures, God always showed His providence and protection. Paul and Silas’ deliverance from prison found in Acts 16 is one such event. This story illustration will help kids remember to praise God in all circumstances.
Paul and Silas Were Rescued from Jail
In Acts 16:16-40, Paul and Silas were thrown in a Philippian prison. Confined to the stocks, they sang and prayed. An earthquake occurred, freeing the prisoners, and the jailer, who was responsible for all of them, almost took his own life. However, Paul and Silas reassured the jailer they were not going to escape. That night, the jailer and the members of his household became believers in Jesus. These lesson activities highlight this event in the early church.
This paper chain craft will help kids learn the story of God’s care for Paul and Silas in prison, found in Acts 16:16-40, and remind children that even in sad times, God is with us and will take care of us according to His will. Kids will enjoy making and playing with the paper chain.
This Write the Bible Phrase worksheet calls for kids to write, “The Lord is my strength and my shield.” This is an adaptation of Psalms 28:7 and will help children remember that God is our protector.
When put together, this 16-piece jigsaw puzzle depicts Paul and Silas in the Philippian jail where they sang and prayed—and where a jailer saw that they had something he didn’t have. Before the night was over the jailer and his entire household put their faith in Jesus for salvation. As your children work this puzzle, review the story with them. You can read it in Acts 16:16-40.
Eight tiles (4 pairs) give your children a chance to play a matching game. While they play, they will be reminded that God is always at work in the lives of His people—even when their circumstances are difficult.
Spot the differences between these pictures that initially look identical. Twelve minor difference exist between the two—but in both pictures Paul and Silas have joyful expressions on their faces, even though they are in jail!
What do those numbers mean? They represent some important words and a phrase that relate to Paul’s and Silas’s night in a Philippian jail. A code key is provided, so all your children will need to work this coded words puzzle are copies of the puzzle, a little time, and some sharpened pencils.
What was so different about Paul and Silas that they were able to sing songs and pray in jail? Well, they knew that God was with them. The story of their brief stay in jail is the theme of this crossword puzzle. Sharpen your pencils and let your children get to work!