Virtual Alive Gang

Alive Gang – Peter and Tabitha (3rd May 2020)

Today’s session explores the story of when Peter met a lady called Tabitha. We are going to think about how God worked through Peter’s faith and how he can work through our faith today.

Who has faith?

You need: a glass, piece of card big enough to cover the glass, water.

Task: Try this experiment – I suggest you do it over a bowl of water or a sink! Fill a glass with water to the very top. Then place a piece of card on top of the glass, completing covering the rim of the glass. Place one hand on top of the card and hold the glass with the other hand. While keeping the card pressed against the rim of the glass, turn the glass upside down.

Do you think the water will spill if you move your hand from the card? Do you have enough faith that the water won’t spill to ask a family member to put their hand under the glass?

Move the hand holding the glass slowly along the glass to the bottom of the glass, near to the rim. While still holding the glass, slowly move your hand away from the card.

Did the card and water stay in the glass? This is because the pressure of the air all around us is holding the card.

Put your hand back on the card and turn the glass back over

Reflect: Did you have faith that the water would stay in the glass? What is faith? What are some of the things you have faith in?

What does the Bible say?

Hebrews, chapter 11 says that “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. Let’s keep thinking about faith as we discover more about Peter and how God worked through his faith.

Read the following story taken from Acts 9:36-43. You may also want to watch the video clip

In the city of Joppa there was a follower named Tabitha. (Her Greek name, Dorcas, means “a deer.”) She was always doing good and helping the poor.

While Peter was in Lydda, Tabitha became sick and died. Her body was washed and put in a room upstairs. The followers in Joppa heard that Peter was in Lydda. (Lydda is near Joppa.) So they sent two men to Peter. They begged him, “Hurry, please come to us!” Peter got ready and went with them. When he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. All the widows stood around Peter, crying. They showed him the shirts and coats that Tabitha had made when she was still alive.

Peter sent everyone out of the room. He kneeled and prayed. Then he turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, stand up!” She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called the believers and the widows into the room. He showed them Tabitha; she was alive!

People everywhere in Joppa learned about this, and many believed in the Lord. Peter stayed in Joppa for many days with a man named Simon who was a leatherworker.
Acts
9:36-43

Discuss

Peter is a fantastic example of someone who had a lot of faith in God and let God work in his life. God wants to work through our faith too. He wants to work through every believer’s faith. How might God work through your faith?

Ask someone in your family to play a very special noughts and crosses with you. If you need a reminder of how to play noughts and crosses, please see here: http://www.helpmykidlearn.ie/activities/5-7/detail/noughts-and-crosses

Decide who is noughts and who is crosses. Before you can place your nought or cross in the grid, you need to answer one of the following questions. Take it in turns to ask each other one of these questions, or one of your own about how God might work through your faith.

Questions for children:

  • Even though you had practised loads, you didn’t get a good part in the school play. Your best friend did get an important role in the show. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • You have to move to a new school and none of your friends are going. Name a way that God might work through your faith.
  • Your brother or sister is very ill. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • You’re at a friend’s house for a party. Your friends start sending mean messages on their phones to a girl or boy in the school they don’t like. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • Your dad has lost his job and money is very tight. Your parents have said there won’t be money for ‘extras’ such as a new bike or holiday. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • Your friend asks why you go to church. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • You have to go to the dentist and you don’t want to go. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • Think about a hard time which might happen to you. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.

Questions for adults:

  • You applied for a new job which you thought you would be perfect for, but you did not get the job. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • You have to move to a new part of Sheffield where you do now know anyone else. Name a way that God might work through your faith.
  • A family member is very ill. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • You’ve met up with friends and they start talking about someone you all know in a mean way. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • You’ve had to take a pay cut and money is very tight. You won’t be able to go on holiday this year. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • Your friend asks why you go to church. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • You have to go to the hospital for an unpleasant test and you don’t want to go. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.
  • Think about a hard time which might happen to you. Name a way God might want to work through your faith.

Activity

Just as God worked through Peter’s faith, God works through our faith, including when we face hard times in life.  And when God works through us, others will come to know Jesus too.

How has God worked through your faith?

How do you think God might work through your faith in the future?

Our faith will grow as we learn more about God and trust him to keep his promises to us. Make this faith catcher and play with it to learn more about God’s promises. Can you find the one about faith?

Prayer

Help us to have faith that you can work though us to do amazing things, just like you worked through Peter. Teach us more about you and your promises so we can trust you more and grow in faith every day. May we let you work through us to help those around us so they can get to know you too.
Amen.