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This Week: Paul and Lydia

Last week we heard how a man named Saul changed completely when he met Jesus and decided to follow Him. He changed his name to Paul and went everywhere telling people about Jesus. In today’s story Paul meets an important lady named Lydia. Let’s watch the video and see what happened:

 

Story Video

Read and Share Bible by Gwen Ellis. Copyright Thomas Nelson

 

Time to Think and Pray

Questions 

  • What is your favourite colour?

  • What do you think Lydia’s favourite colour was?

  • Lydia was a very important person. What was her job?

  • Lydia went with the other women to pray. Where did they go?

  • Who did they meet there?

  • What did Paul tell Lydia that she didn’t know about?

  • How did Lydia respond to the news about Jesus?

  • Where did Lydia invite Paul and his friend Silas to go?

 

Summary

Lydia was a very important businesswoman as she sold purple cloth. Purple was very special at that time because the dye needed to make purple cloth was very expensive. In fact it cost ten times more than gold! This is because it was made from a type of sea-shell and it was hard work to collect the shells and take the dye from them. It took over a thousand shells to dye one metre of cloth so purple clothes were extremely expensive. A purple cloak cost the same as 9 years wages in Lydia’s day! Therefore only very rich people or royalty could afford to buy them, so Lydia was considered a very important person indeed.  

Paul went down to the river where people usually went to pray, and there he met Lydia. She believed in God and tried to please him but she had never heard about Jesus. In fact no-one in Lydia’s country had heard the good news about Jesus yet. Paul told her all about Jesus and how He died so that she could be forgiven, become God’s friend and live with him forever in heaven. When Lydia heard this good news she believed and invited Paul and Silas back to her house. The Bible tells us that Lydia’s whole family believed and were baptized to show they had decided to follow Jesus. Lydia’s family were the first people to follow Jesus in the whole of Europe and they helped to tell others about Him too! How wonderful that Paul travelled everywhere telling people about Jesus so that Lydia and many others people could come to know Him! Who could you tell about Jesus today?

Prayer: Dear Lord God, Thank you for sending Jesus to save me. Please help me to follow You like Paul and Lydia did and to tell others the good news. Amen. 

 

This Week's Song: '123 Jesus is Alive' by Yancey

 

 

 

 

Crafts this week: Lydia Printable and Shell Pouches

 

Lydia Printable

You will need: Scissors; a pencil; colouring pencils or crayons; and a copy of the back to back printable. Please print or read the instructions before you begin. 

 

Shell Pouch

You will need: Scissors; colouring pens or pencils; any decorations you want to add on with glue; a paper bag or envelope (optional); and 2 copies of the seashell printable from ArtsyMomma.com printed on card. (If you dont have a printer you can draw your own). Colour and decorate both shells and cut them out. You can then staple or glue the sides together or stick them either side of a paper bag as suggested in the link. Use your shell as a pouch or add string to make a bag!