This Video Workshop topic is a bit broader than "Paul's Journeys".

It is for posting all your video or audio-visual lessons and ideas related to teaching about Paul from the Book of Acts --with the exception of Paul's Conversion, which has its own forum.

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Paul's Journeys

Video Workshop Sketch

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the video The Ministry of Paul and then making Paul's Journey passports

Scripture Reference:

Acts 17: 1-15


  • Watch the video, The Ministry of Paul, ahead of time so you know the
    general flow of the story.
  • Write the memory verse on the board.
  • Make a 2-door Q&A book with the words WHAT IS IT? written across
    the bottom, SYNAGOGUE on one door and CHURCH on the other.

Supplies List:

  • Pre-copied sheets for passports
  • Video
  • Stapler
  • Stamp

During this rotation, kids will be getting their "Paul's Journey Passport" stamped in each workshop. These should be hung in the hall after each lesson.
The passports are stapled pages which the kids have constructed from pre-copied sheets that include a map of Paul, a simple bio about Paul, some memorable Paul quotes, and a coloring page for each lesson which will also have a "stamp" space.

For this workshop, stamp passports at "Thessolonica".

Lesson Plan


Introduce lesson to students: We have been learning the truth that prayer and praise keep us connected to God. We have been traveling with Paul on his many missionary journeys.

We are going to watch a movie today (The Ministry of Paul) that will give us a better idea of what kinds of things Paul went through. Listen for the memory verse. Does anyone remember what it is?


Begin the movie after the advertisements (have it set up before the students come. You will be stopping it at certain times to discuss things that happened.)

1st stop: Right after the soldier throws them into the prison.

Q?: If you were here last week, do you remember what happens next? (after answers are given, continue the
tape saying, lets find out.)

2nd stop: After Paul is sent out on the boat.

Read Acts 17: 1-15. Q?: Did you see some of these things happening in the video?
Tell the students to continue tolisten for the memory verse.

3rd stop: When you hear the memory verse - Philippians 4:13. Hopefully a student will hear it and tell you to stop. Play it back again to make sure everyone heard it. Continue tape to the end.

Passports: The first place Paul stopped after entering a new city was the synagogue.

Q?: What is a synagogue? (Have someone look it up in the Bible dictionary and read what it is. Write it in the Q&A book.) (They will see one in the movie).

*Add a drawing of a synagogue to the passport, reminding them that Paul preached to the Jewish people there, in all the cities he entered(Acts 17:1-3).

Q?: What is a church? (Have someone look it up in the Bible dictionary and read what it is. Write it in the Q&A book.)

*Add stickers to represent friends. Paul had many friends who helped him share the Good News of Jesus Christ, and who helped him escape the jealous Jewish leaders (Acts 17:5).


Prayer: Praise God for his strength and thank him that he gives it to us when we need it. Ask God to keep us strong this week as we share the love of Jesus with others.

A Video lesson "sketch" by member LB.

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Paul and the Early Church

Video Workshop ("Holywood")

Summary of Lesson Activity:

Watch the DVD, The Ministry of Paul from Nest Entertainment.


Acts 1-12. (The Contemporary English Version (CEV) is an easy-to-read translation.)

Paul had to work hard, against enemies, to share the love of Jesus.


  1. The children will view the video “The Ministry of Paul”.
  2. The children will learn that Paul spread the Gospel to the Gentiles.
  3. The children will discuss what they can do to be disciples/followers of Jesus.

Lesson Plan


Greet the children

Explain the purpose of this workshop. This unit is a study of the early church. This lesson is about how the apostle Paul struggled to spread the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.

Open with a prayer.


Provide some background to the story of Paul. Our story begins just after Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Peter and the other disciples were telling other Jews about Jesus Christ. The Jewish leaders did not like this. They were afraid that the people would not follow Jewish law. They wanted to stop this talk about Christianity. A man named Saul for Tarsus worked with the Jewish leaders in trying to stop people from becoming Christian. He helped to imprison, beat and even kill Christians. Stephen was stoned to death for believing in Jesus as our Savior as Saul watched.

Then Saul had a vision of Jesus on the road to Damascus. He became an apostle and began to use the Greek form of his name, Paul (Saul is the Hebrew form, Paul is the Greek form). He began preaching and healing in the name of Jesus.

But the Jewish leaders were still afraid. They did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God. Christianity was threatening to the Jews. They wanted to keep their Jewish laws. They were very mad at Paul because he was so good at telling others about Jesus and because Paul said that God was the God of all people, not just Jews. (That REALLY got to the Jewish leaders who believed that their God was only for the Jewish people). But Jesus had told the Apostles to preach to everyone (Acts1:8) so Paul preached to the Gentiles too. The word Gentile was used to described everybody who wasn’t a Jew.

Paul was not one of the original disciples of Jesus, but Paul was an Apostle. An apostle is a special messenger of God. Paul did more than anyone at that time to spread the Good News about Jesus. Paul wrote many letters telling people in the newly formed churches about how to live as Christians. These letters are part of our Bible in the New Testament. There are 13 books of the Bible that are credited to Paul. We are thankful to Paul for his work so that we too might know about Jesus and how to be good Christians.


Start the video. It’s about 30 minutes long. Distribute the popcorn.

Recap some of the highlights. Discuss how hard it was for Peter, Paul and the other Apostles to share the good news about Jesus. Who did Paul preach the Good News to? (Gentiles). Who are the Gentiles? (Everybody who wasn’t a Jew)

The story about Paul and the early church is written by Luke in the book of Acts. Luke, who also wrote the Gospel of Luke, traveled with Paul and wrote about what happened.

Paul wrote several letters to churches that were just getting started. He wrote about how to be good Christians and encouraged them to keep their faith.

Today we can safely come to church and learn how to be a follower/disciple of Jesus. How can we be good disciples? (come to Faith Quest, be kind to someone who is picked on at school, not fight with siblings, smile at a new kid, share something with a friend or sibling, pray, be polite and say “Thank you”, learn about Jesus, etc) 

Give the children an activity sheet and pencils/markers. Ask the children to take their completed sheet home and show a parent.

Prayer: Thank you God for Paul and all the other early Christians who preached to others about Jesus and his love. Thank you for our church, where we can come and learn to be followers of Jesus too. Help us to be good disciples for Jesus. Amen


  • Nest Entertainment, The Animated Stories from the New Testament - The Ministry of Paul .
  • Nest Entertainment, The Animated Stories from the New Testament Activity & Resource Book – The Ministry of Paul. 

 A lesson written by member Catherine, from Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church,
Cary, NC

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A/V and Game Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the video: “Saul of Tarsus” by Nest Entertainment

Scripture References:

Saul’s conversion: Acts 9:1-20, Jailhouse in Philipi: Acts 16:16-34 ,Goddess worshipers attack in Ephesus: Acts 19:8-12, 23-41, 20:1; Rome: Acts 28:16-31

Memory Verse:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith. Romans 1:16

Teacher Prep:

  • Cue movie to beginning
  • Make popcorn and have juice supplies ready
  • Pick 7 of the coloring pictures from the "Saul of Tarsus Activity Book*" & make a photocopy of each
  • Go over story boards, pictures and map
  • Prepare “Match-up” cards for debriefing activity

Supplies List:

  • video “Saul of Tarsus” by Nest Entertainment
  • "Saul of Tarsus" Activity Book by Nest Entertainment
  • Misc. pictures of the life of Saul
  • Map “The World Paul Knew”
  • 7 story pictures from Nest movie
  • Match-up game cards on blue & red paper


Lesson Plan


Look at pictures of Saul’s life. As students arrive, invite them to look at the pictures. Which pictures has the student seen before? What pictures show scenes the student can recall? What book in the Bible relates stories about Saul?

Show the map “The World Paul Knew.” Match up places with pictures. Be sure to include Jerusalem, Damascus and Rome.


Show video, serve popcorn and juice.


Play story board game. Mix up 7 pictures from movie and have volunteers put them in order. Perhaps divide up the class and have each team take turns putting the pictures in order.

Play a “Match-Up” game. Put the following names on blue cards and the descriptions on red index cards. Have students sit in circle and deal out all the red description cards, put the blue name cards in a pile face down in the center. Have students take turns flipping over top blue card from pile. The player with the matching description reads and gets to keep the matching red card. Place set face up in front of the player. Game is over when all the cards have been matched. You may want to think of more match up than these 10.

Name          Description
(Blue Card)        (Red Card)

Stephen - was stoned
Gamaliel - Saul’s teacher
Saul - arrested Christians
Caiaphas - gave orders to arrest Christians
Jerusalem - Christians fled from this city
Soldiers - looked for Saul to arrest him
Damascus - where Saul was going when he saw the vision
Jesus - spoke to Saul from a bright light
Ananias - prayed for Saul’s eyes
Rome - the city where Saul was put into prison

As you have time do review questions found in the activity book* :
  Grades 3-4: Take an S.A.T. (Scripture Awareness Test)
  Grades 5-6: Points to Ponder.

*"Saul of Tarsus" Activity Book- can be downloaded for free at Nest Learning - look for purple box that says "Download FREE Activity Book" - it's a zip file.

Please clean out the popcorn maker, throw away all paper trash, don’t store any opened juice bottles.  Thanks for your help!

Originally posted by member Tiffeny, 

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DVD - “Paul and the Shipwreck” (New Superbook Series)

At a disaster relief effort, Joy has to choose between finishing her mission or giving up. Suddenly, Superbook sends Joy, Chris, and Gizmo to a time when Paul chooses to focus on his mission, no matter the circumstances. This encourages Joy when she returns to face her relief project.  Lesson:  Focus on the goal and the mission, no matter your fear, circumstances or distractions.  (Animated - approx. 28 mins) 

See reviews of the "New Superbook" DVD Series for more details on this series link.

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