1) A printable activity & coloring sheet : Learn from the Past
Place a variety of items around the room. Provide the kids with paper and pencils. Instruct the kids to list the items least to most valuable. Encourage the kids to think about more than just the price, but also how much they would want to own or use each item. Compare different kids’ lists.
Suggested items: playground ball, candy, bicycle, first aid kit, action figure, baby doll.
SAY • For some of you, trading one of those items for another might be an easy choice. You might see it as an upgrade to give up a playground ball to get a bicycle. In a way, that helps us think about our the choices Stephen made in our story today.
What did Stephen give up? [His life.] What did Stephen gain? [He got to be with Jesus in heaven, he got to stand up for the truth, he got to be a part of God’s plan to spread the gospel, and so forth.] Stephen understood that Jesus is more valuable than anything, even our lives! For believers, even death is an upgrade because we get to be with Jesus forever.