Session Titles: Paul Taught in Rome
Life Point: People can tell others about Jesus
Unit Bible Verse: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” 1 Timothy 1:15
Weekly Bible Verses: “Go therefor, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20
Bible Passage: Acts 27-28
Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/
Craft: Paul’s Boat
Make a boat out of a paper plate. The picture shows what the craft would look like.
Make blue jelly (jello) in a clear plastic cup before class. Make enough so each child can have one. As you review the story distribute the cups to the children. Give them each a small piece of chocolate (or another appropriate food item) to represent the boat. In the review, when you get to the part about the storm clouds building up before the storm, dollop whipped cream on the top of the “water”. When it is time for the storm have the children stir it all together.
Experiment: Surface Tension: Power a Boat with Soap
large plastic bin filled with water
something to use as a boat: shaped boat with aluminum foil, scrap of foam, etc.
Have a child place her boat in the water.
Ask: How can we make this thing go? (Pushing it, blowing on it)
Remind the children how the ships in Paul’s day had no motors and relied a lot on the wind and the act of rowing against the wind.
Ask: Is there anything else we might use to power our boat? What about this detergent?
Place a drop of detergent on the end of a toothpick. Carefully place the toothpick at the end, or stern, of the boat. Suddenly it will go!
Ask: How did this happen? (You will get a variety of answers.)
Say: This demonstrates the property of “surface tension”. Water molecules are strongly attracted to each other and stick close together. This creates a strong but flexible “skin” on the water’s surface called surface tension.
Surface tension allows the boat to float on top of the water.
Adding soap disrupts the arrangement of the water molecules. The water molecules near the detergent are attracted to the detergent as well as to other water molecules, so the surface tension of the water behind the boat decreases. Water molecules move from areas of low surface tension to areas of high surface tension. The boat is pulled towards areas of high surface tension by the water in front of the boat.