GODQUEST Bible Adventure Workshops is a Bible study designed exclusively for Trinity to meet the needs of our own 1st through 5th grade kids! In GODQUEST, the children work on key themes and concepts of a particular Bible story for a period of several weeks. This allows the children time to dig deeper into the meaning of the story learning how to apply its principles to their own lives. Each week, the children rotate to a different workshop. While the main objectives of the study remains constant in each of the workshops, the children get the chance to explore the same story several different ways! Some of the kid-friendly workshops offered over the course of the year include….ART, DRAMA, MUSIC, GAMES, COMPUTERS, COOKING, SCIENCE, STORYTELLING, VIDEO & MORE!
Our Current Study
April 24 – May 22
Paul’s Amazing Conversion!
In this rotation, the GODQUEST children will focus on the dramatic change and turnaround of a zealous Pharisee named Saul. Saul of Tarsus was known for persecuting followers of Jesus. One day on the road to Damascus where he was going to arrest believers, Saul met Christ in the form of a blinding light. He was transformed by that encounter and became one of the greatest Christian missionaries, changing his name to Paul. The Apostle Paul’s amazing conversion gives us hope for our own transformation. If God can change his heart, God can change anyone!
Story: Acts 9:1-19
Lesson Objectives – Students will:
- locate the book of Acts in the New Testament and know it is a history of the early Christian church.
- know the story of Saul’s persecution of Christians and his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus and be able to contrast characteristics of Saul before and after his experience.
- realize that Jesus’ power changed the heart of Saul and he has power to change our hearts too!
- learn that shortly after his conversion Saul began using the Roman form of his name which is Paul. Paul is known today as one of the greatest Christian missionaries.
- recognize that Paul wrote many of the Bible’s New Testament books and they still guide us on how we should live as Christians today.
- recite 2 Corinthians 5: 17 (CEV) & Acts 5: 38-39 (NIV)
There are four workshops for this rotation:
Video Large Group: The children will review the concepts of this rotation by viewing the movie Saul of Tarsus that tells the story of Paul’s conversion from persecutor to follower. They will learn that Jesus’ power changed Paul’s heart and discuss ways to show others that Jesus has changed our hearts, too.
Computer Workshop: With the aid of computers and two programs called Life of Paul and Life of Christ, the children will learn more about the story of how Saul’s heart was changed when he encountered Christ on the road to Damascus. They will do a balloon activity to connect how our hearts also “grow” when God changes them and how our lives become fuller and greater when He is in our hearts.
Storytelling Workshop: The children will learn about Paul’s amazing adventures for Jesus by listening to an story From Paul with Love by Peter Rogers and interact with it by plotting his travels on a map. They will then draw their own journey maps that show paths that lead to Jesus as well as obstacles that take us away from him.
Cooking/Science Workshop: The children will see a science experiment and perform a cooking activity that will change food ingredients from one form to another to illustrate the concept of conversion; how our lives are changed in the presence of Christ.
Key Memory Verse:
2 Corinthians 5:17 (CEV) – “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.”
QUEST Memory Verse:
Acts 5:38-39 (NIV) – “…I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” (The Pharisee Gamaliel urging caution in the treatment of the apostles of Jesus.)