God's People and Me!

A Vacation Bible School Curriculum by Barry McWilliams
an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America

Curriculum Overview

Overall Theme: As God's Child, I belong with God's People

DAILY SUB THEMES:
  1. God's people believe the Good News.
  2. God's people meet to praise Him.
  3. God's people help one another.
  4. God's people obey the Lord.
  5. God's people encourage each other.

Bible Lessons

Day One: Key Word: "BELIEVE" Sub-themes: "witnessing", "teaching"
Hearing and believing the Gospel- Becoming a part of the people of God - Devoted to the Apostle's teaching
Main Text: Acts 2
Story: The day three thousand joined the Church
Teaching method: Pictures in Sequence, stick Puppets

Day Two: Key word:"MEET" Sub-themes:"Prayer" "Worship"
Facing persecution and frightened - Still the Christians worshipped, praying and praising God
Main Text: Acts 3: 1- 4:31
(cf.Ch 5: 12-42 You can't fight God & Ch 12:1-17 Who's knocking on the door
Story: The Christians who wouldn't shut up.
Teaching Method: flannelgraph

Day Three: Key word:"SHARE" Sub-themes:"give" "fellowship"
God's people share both their needs and their bounty with one another.
Main Text: Acts 2:44,45; 4:32-5:11 (Cf Acts 6:1-7; 9:32-43; 11:27-30)
Story:The People who Shared Everything
Teaching Method: participation story

Day Four: Key word:"OBEY" Sub-themes:"Pastoring" "discipline"
God gives us pastors to shepherd His people. Sometimes they take action for the spiritual welfare of the flock, as in the case of the envious magician.
Main Text: Acts 8:1- 24 (Cf Acts 20:28-31; cf also 1 Tim 1:3-7; 18-20)
Story: Simon , the Jealous sorcerer
Teaching Method: Dramatic Storytelling

Day Five: Key word:"ENCOURAGE" Sub-themes:"growing" "discipling"
How did Saul the persecutor of the church become a great missionary - while some distrusted him, God's encouragers (Ananias and Barnabas) helped him along.
Main Text Acts 9:1-31; 11:19-30
Story: The courageous encouragers
Teaching Method: Puppets

Memory Passage: Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Suggested Memory Work: Method.

Object Lessons:

The Object Lessons illustrate aspects of these saying of Jesus and are to be given by the Pastor or VBS Team Leader during a Morning Assembly.

Our Object Lessions this year will use the daily "Key words" as their starting place.

The Object lessons have several objectives:

While specific Object lessons are not given here the following verses and suggested emphases should be kept in mind in developing them. Remember to keep the lessons visual, practical, and involve the participation of the Audience. Make them fun and interesting as well. You could draw from missionary stories, stunts, etc.

Day One: "Believe" Acts 2:42 "They devoted themselves to the Apostle's teaching" 2:47b "and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." cf Romans 10:8-14; 17.

Day Two: "Meet" Acts 2:42 "They devoted themselves to ... the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." 2:44 "All the believers were together" 2:46 "Every day they contined to meet together in the temple courts They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts" Cf Hebrews 10:25.

Day Three:"Share" Acts 2:44 "all the believers... had everything in common. Selling all their possessions they gave to anyone as he had need." Cf 1 Cor 8:7,8, 11-14.

Day Four:"Obey" Acts 2:43 "Everyone was filled with awe, and many signs and wonders were done by the Apostles." cf. 2:40 "With many other words he warned them and he pleaded with them. 'Save yourselves from this corrupt generation'"
Day Five: "Encourage" Acts 2:44 "All the believers were together and had everything in common." 2:46 "meet together..." "Ate together" 2:47 "... enjoying the favor of all people." (Cf Rom 12:6-8; 2 Tim 2:2)

Theme Emphasis Ideas:

You may want brainstorm with the group to consider some creative ways to emphasize the Theme and the Key Words for each day. The idea is to "burn" these words and their relevance into the children's heads during the day. Do something different and fun every day fitting them in where most appropriate. Skits, stunts, and other activities add to the fun, and children learn best when they are having fun. You may use these ideas to in regard to the Object Lessons.

Examples:

The recreation times could also have games and activities related to the daily key words. Teamwork-Cooperation games on day 3, follow instruction type games on day 4, blind man's bluff on day 5, etc.

© 1990 Barry McWilliams and Mission Church Fellowship,
Hypertext Version © 1996 Barry McWilliams
This Curriculum may be downloaded, copied and used by churches and other Christian organizations without charge with permission from Barry McWilliams.
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