Serve God while Working your Job
or Going to School

Aquila and Priscilla, and the Apostle Paul, worked
with their hands to earn their living

Lord, please use this study to help the children learn why Christian workers often have two jobs. Most Christian workers must work with their hands to earn their living, while they also serve Jesus as shepherds and evangelists. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Choose learning activities that fit current needs and opportunities.

1.    Let an older child or teacher read the story of the tentmakers in Acts 18:1–11.

It tells how God used the work skills of Priscilla, Aquila, and Paul to start a church in the city of Corinth. They made tents to earn their living.

After relating the story, ask these questions.

Where did Paul find a place to stay in Corinth? (Answer, see Acts 18:3)

How was Paul able to support himself in Corinth? (Verse 3)

What did Paul do when the Jews refused to listen to him? (6)

What was the result of Paul’s teaching in Corinth? (8)

How did Paul know that God was blessing his ministry? (910)

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Paul worked as a tent-maker with Aquila and Pricilla, whist planting a new church at Corinth.

2.    Draw a tent and let the children copy or color it.

·         Older children help the younger ones.

·         Some children might like to copy or colour the picture found on the last page of this lesson.

·         Show the pictures to parents and explain that it illustrates how the Apostle Paul earned his living in Corinth and other cities.

Modern-day tent.

3.    Dramatize parts of the story.

Use your time with the children to prepare the drama. You may shorten it.

Older children or adults play these parts:

Narrator. Summarize the story and help the children remember what to say.

Priscilla and Aquila. Hold a piece of cloth and pretend to sew.


Younger children play these parts:





Narrator           Tell the first part of the story (Acts 18:1–4). Say,
“Hear what Aquila and Priscilla say.”

Aquila              Give some cloth to Paul and say,
“Paul, please come, stay with us, and work with us.
You make tents like we do.”

Priscilla            “Yes. We will help you earn enough money so that you can
stay and teach the Word of God in Corinth.”

Paul                 “Thank you for helping me to support myself.
Doing this gives me freedom to go where God wants me to go.
I will go teach at the synagogue every Saturday”.

Narrator           Tell the second part of the story (Acts 18:5–11). Say,
“Hear what the Jews say.”

Jews                (Shout) “Paul, we will not listen to you. Go away!”

Paul                 “I am not responsible for you any longer.
I will shake the off my feet and go to the Gentiles.
They want to hear about Jesus!”

Justus              “Paul, you cannot teach in the synagogue any more.
So, please, come teach at my house, next door.”

Gentiles           “We Gentiles can listen to Paul at Crispus’ house.”

Crispus            “Paul, I have listened to the good news that you teach.
I am the ruler of the Jewish Synagogue,
but now I want to follow Christ.
Please baptize me and my family.”

Paul                 “I am so thankful for all of you who have helped me stay here in Corinth.
God has told me not to be afraid, because he will save many people here.”

Gentiles           (Some say) “Paul, we are glad that you stayed to teach in Corinth.
(Others say) We now follow Jesus because of your team’s good work.”

Narrator           Thank the children and anyone else who helped with the drama.


4.    Ask the children to give other examples of ways besides making tents that people work
for a living while they teach the Word of God.

5.    Arrange with the congregation’s worship leader for the children to…

·         Present their drama to the adults during the worship time.

·         Ask the adults the questions that are listed above under #1.

·         Present the poem and anything else that the children have prepared.

·         The children may also recite their memory work.

6.    Memorize 1 Corinthians 10:31.

7.    Let four children each recite a verse from 2 Thessalonians 3:7, 8, 9 &10.

8.    Let the older children write a poem, song or short story.

Or they might tell about ways they have seen Christians earn their living while serving Jesus.

9.    Let an older child pray:

“Dear Lord, we thank you that you have given to us all many different abilities. Help us to use for you every skill and ability that we have. Teach us to work cheerfully and to use our work to help others, as Priscilla and Aquila helped Paul.”


A more detailed drama to act out, about how Paul took the gospel to the gentiles: