Scripture: Acts 15:40-17:15
- Students will learn Paul and Silas had a younger member in their missionary team named Timothy.
- Students will learn sharing the news about Jesus sometimes meant Paul and Silas were thrown in prison or had other negative consequences from people who did not want to obey God..
- Students will learn God may use circumstances and people to show them places to travel and move to share the good news about Jesus with others.
- Students will learn what tools are needed for earthquake survival kits.
Guiding Question: How can students learn to prepare themselves for earthquakes?
Materials: Found in procedure
Procedure: Review the story of Paul and Silas in jail from the scriptures above. Explain how even in a tough situation, Paul and Silas found joy because they knew God. Other prisoners did not know that same joy because they did not know God. Ask the students how being joyful in God in negative situations can help others learn about God. Explain that God can use any situation – good or bad – to share the Gospel. Tell the students that there are many children today who have one or more family members in jail. There are groups and ministries that work to help take these children to visit their family. Explain that often the prisons are far away and could take several hours to get to.
Introduce the activity. Have the students work together with the congregation to gather the elements for earthquake survival kits. Items: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/supplies.html
Additional Questions: How can students help others prepare for earthquakes?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students make a handout with a list of needed items to give to people in earthquake prone areas to help them create their own earthquake survival kits: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/supplies.html