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Simon-Peter Says (GAME)


Time

10-15 minutes
Description

After he received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Peter was able to do miracles.  One time, he healed a man who had been lame since birth.  As a result, the man was able to go into the Temple for the first time in his life. (You couldn’t go in if you had something physically wrong with you.)  He was so excited, he went in walking and jumping and praising God!  This game is played like “Simon Says,” but there are only three commands – “Walk,” “Jump” and “Praise God.”

 

Scriptures

  • Acts 3:1-10

 

Materials

  • Bible

 

Preparation

  • Practice the script.

 

Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “We’re going to play a game called, ‘Simon-Peter Says.’”
  • “It’s inspired by a story about Simon-Peter healing someone.”  (Have a volunteer read Acts 3:1-10.)
  • “What an incredible story!”
  • “Simon-Peter healed a man who had been lame since birth.”
  • “As a result of being healed, the man was able to go into the Temple for the first time in his life. (You couldn’t go in if you had something physically wrong with you.)”
  • “The man was so excited, he went in walking and jumping and praising God!”
  • “So, this game is about that story.”
  • “The game is played like ‘Simon Says.’”
  • “Everyone starts on the ground, except the leader, who calls out the commands.”
  • “If the leader says, ‘Simon-Peter says, ‘Walk!’ everyone should get to their feet and walk in place.”
  • “If the leader says, ‘Simon-Peter says, ‘Jump!’ everyone should jump in place.”
  • “If the leader says, ‘Simon-Peter says, ‘Praise God!’ everyone should put their hands in the air and shout, ‘Halleluiah!’”
  • “If anyone does the wrong motion, they are out.”
  • “If anyone hesitates too long, they are out.”
  • “If anyone follows a command that doesn’t start with ‘Simon-Peter Says,’ they are out.”
  • “The leader can trick the players at times by saying, ‘Simon says…’  If anyone makes the motion, they are out, because this game is ‘Simon-Peter Says,’ not ‘Simon Says.’”
  • “When there is only one person left, he or she gets to be the leader.”
  • “Want to play?”  (You can be the leader the first time to demonstrate how it is done, or you can have one of the children do it if you think they understand the game well enough.  After you have played several rounds, discuss the following debrief questions.)

 

Debrief Questions

  1. How do you think the man’s life changed when he was able to walk?
  2. Do you think healings like this still happen today?  Why or why not?
  3. Why doesn’t God heal everyone who is sick or hurt?
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Peter in Prison (GAME)


Time

10-15 minutes
Description

King Herod arrested Peter and put him in prison, but an angel freed him in a miraculous way.  Children will play a game of tag that simulates the miracle.

 

Scriptures

  • Acts 12:1-11

 

Materials

  • Hula hoops (2 or more, depending on the size of the group)
    • Slips of paper in a cup with the different roles printed on them (You can download the role slips on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachingthem.com.  The name of the file is “Peter in Prison – Roles,” and it contains 4 Peters, 2 Angels and 6 Guards.)
    • Bible

 

Preparation

  • Select a space to play the game.
  • Lay out your hula hoops some distance away from each other.
  • Cut out or make your role slips.  Fold them and put them in a cup so that the children can draw them out without knowing which role they are choosing.
  • Practice the script.

 

Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “We’re going to play a game called, ‘Peter in Prison!’”
  • “It’s like a game of tag, and it’s based on a miracle that happened to Peter one time after he had been arrested by King Herod.” (Have volunteer read Acts 12:1-11.)
  • “Incredible story, huh?”
  • “So, let me tell you how our game of tag will work.”
  • “Everyone will draw a slip of paper from this cup, read it and keep it a secret.”
  • “It will tell you what role you will play in the game.”
  • “Some slips say ‘Peter.’ Some say ‘Angel’ and some say ‘Guard.’
  • “If you draw ‘Guard,’ you will try to tag all the ‘Peters’ and take them to a jail cell (point out the hula hoops).”
  • “If you draw ‘Peter,’ you will try to stay away from the ‘Guards’ without letting them figure out that you are a ‘Peter.’”
  • “If you draw ‘Angel,’ you will act normally so that the ‘Guards’ can’t tell that you aren’t ‘Peters.’ You are trying to fool the ‘Guards’ into trying to tag you so that the ‘Peters’ can stay out of jail.”
  • “If a ‘Guard’ tags an ‘Angel,’ the ‘Angel’ has to say, ‘Angel’ and count to 30 before moving again.”
  • “If a ‘Guard’ tags another ‘Guard,’ the ‘Guard’ has to say, ‘Guard,’ and then both are free to keep looking for ‘Peters.’”
  • “If a ‘Guard’ tags a ‘Peter,’ the ‘Peter’ must step into the hula hoop.  He is in prison.”
  • “An ‘Angel’ can free a ‘Peter’ by standing in the jail with him and saying, ‘Peter, Peter! You should know! God sent me to let you go!’  Then, ‘Peter’ is free until tagged again.”
  • “No one can be tagged while in a jail cell.”
  • “If the ‘Guards’ tag all the ‘Peters’ (there are up to four ‘Peters’ depending on the size of your group), the ‘Guards’ win.”
    • “Play lasts for three (3) minutes.  If even one ‘Peter’ is out of prison, then the ‘Peters’ and ‘Angels’ win.”
    • “Does anyone have any questions?”  (Answer any questions.)
    • “Okay, let’s play!” (Play several rounds if you like. Then ask the Debrief Questions below.)

 

Debrief Questions

  1. Why do you think King Herod put Peter in prison?
  2. Why did God send an angel to free Peter?
  3. Do you think God still does things like this? Why or why not?

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Knock, Knock! (GAME)


Time

10-15 minutes
Description

This game is a bit of a “Knock, Knock” joke about Peter’s situation when he was released from prison by an angel.  Even though the believers had prayed for a miracle, they didn’t really believe one would happen and were surprised when he showed up at their prayer meeting.  Children will sit in a circle and try to say the right thing when it becomes their turn.  If they say the wrong thing or hesitate, they are out.

 

Scriptures

  • Acts 12:12-17

 

Materials

  • Bible

 

Preparation

  • Select a space to play the game.
  • Practice the script.

 

Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “Peter was once locked in prison by King Herod, but an angel came during the night and released him in a miraculous way.”
  • “All the Christian believers had been praying together for him, but they were totally surprised when he knocked at their door.”
  • “Let’s read about it.”  (Have volunteer read Acts 12:12-17.)
  • “That’s pretty funny, huh?”
  • “They were praying for a miracle, but they didn’t believe it when it happened!”
  • “Let’s play a game about this story.”
  • “Everyone sit in a circle.” (Have children arrange themselves in a circle.)
  • “I’m going to pick someone to start, and that person will say, ‘Knock, knock’ to the person on their right.”
  • “The second person will say, ‘Who’s there?’ and the first person will respond, ‘It’s Peter?’” (You might want to practice this much so that they don’t get confused.)
  • “Then, the second person will turn to the person on their right and say, ‘It’s Peter!’”
  • “The third person will then deny that it’s Peter to the person on their right.”
  • “For example, person #3 could turn to person #4 and say, ‘No it’s not!’”
  • “Then the forth person and everyone after them has to turn to the person on their right and deny that it’s Peter in a different way.”
  • “For example, person #4 could turn to person #5 and say, ‘That’s impossible!’”
  • “And person #5 might turn to person #6 and say, ‘Unbelievable!’”
  • “And person #6 might turn to person #7 and say, ‘You’re making that up!’” (You might want to practice this once so that they get the idea.)
  • “This continues all the way around until even ‘Peter’ (the first person) denies that it’s him!!!”
  • “This starts a new round, and person #2 (who said ‘Who’s there?’ in the first round) now becomes Peter and turns to the person on their right to say, ‘Knock, knock.’”
  • “This continues until someone hesitates, says the wrong thing or uses the same denial someone else used in the same round.  If they do, that person is out.”
  • “The game is over when there are only two people left.”
    • “Does anyone have any questions?”  (Answer questions, and then start the game. Play several rounds, starting with different people each time.  Then ask the Debrief Questions below.)

 

Debrief Questions

  1. Would you have believed it was Peter at the door?  Why or why not?
  2. Why was it so hard for the “believers” to believe in this situation?
  3. Have you ever prayed for something and been surprised when God gave you what you asked for?  What happened?

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