Ananias & Sapphira

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
This is such a good lesson! It can really make the kids think about consequences for their actions.
Introduction: We are going to be studying the book of Acts. That is in the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and then Acts. Luke was a doctor, and he is the one who wrote this book. Luke wrote it 40 days after Jesus rose from the dead. We will look at some of the early Christians and what they had to suffer for Jesus. These will lead to our lessons about Paul. Acts has 30 years of information for us to study.

Today's lesson is found in Acts 5:1-11. We acted out this lesson. You will see where we moved to different areas in the classroom during the lesson. The Christians have been teaching as many people as they can, and there were a lot of baptisms. They were performing miracles and healing people.

Acts 4:34-37: The people that had land or houses, sold them and brought the money from the sale to the Apostles and they gave to the poor and needy.
I printed the deed on "granite paper"

(Everyone stands at the money station. There is a document that states they sold land and get a bag of money for the sale.) (The kids take these home)
Today we are learning about a married couple named Ananias and Sapphira. Ananias and Sapphira had some land they could sell. (Acts 5:3)

They saw that the Christians were giving money to Peter and Peter was a follower of Jesus. Ananias and Sapphira thought they could impress Peter by giving money too.

They sold some land and they both decided to keep SOME of the money for themselves and give the rest to Peter to help the poor.
 (Do land deed transfers and hand out money)
We dated, stamped, scribbled a signature, and rolled up the deed with a ribbon.
(Now, we move to another part of the room, to the 'Temple' area.)
Ananias took the other part and took it to the disciples and laid it at their feet. “Look!” Ananias told them, “I sold some of my land and here is all the money I made!”

Peter said to Ananias: Why have you kept part of the money from the sale? It was your money, under your own control, so why have you come up with this lie in your heart? You haven’t lied to men, but to God! And do you think God wants us to lie?

Well, right after Ananias heard this from Peter, he fell down dead! Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t strike us down instantly now?
The headstones for A & S were purchased at Dollar Tree a couple of years ago. They are Styrofoam, so I used a craft knife, and scraped off the stuff I didn't want on it, then used paint to blend in the colors and add their initial so it wasn't obvious that I had cut on it.

(We all moved to the 'Graveyard" station.)

Some men came and carried the body of Ananias out of the temple. They were amazed, and a little scared by what had happened.

(Back to 'Temple' station.)

About 3 hours later (Acts 5:7), Sapphira, came into Peter. She hasn’t heard what happened to her husband yet. Peter asked her, "Is the amount that Ananias donated what they sold the land for?"

She answered: “Yes, that’s how much we sold the land for.” Peter asked her why they agreed together to test God? Peter told her to look at the feet of the men that buried her husband because they will carry you out too!

(We moved to the 'Graveyard' station.)

IMMEDIATELY, Sapphira died, and the men came to carry her out and they buried her by her husband.  

People heard about Ananias & Sapphira from far, far away! They heard about how they had lied to Peter, and most importantly they lied to God. And, they both died instantly because of their lies!

(Acts 5:11: A great fear came upon all the church (the people) and upon all who heard these things.)

And many Christians learned that day that God sees and hears everything that we do.

Extra project: Give each child a 3x5 white index card. We are transparent to God. Have them draw a heart and write their names on the card with white crayon. Discuss how we can’t see what is on the card. But God can. Take a marker and color over the cards. Explain that God can see what we cannot. We can’t see each other’s hearts, but God can. I had the students make a heart with sin, lies, and/or love on each. Original idea found here.

You can find all the Acts worksheets here.
Click here to download the visuals.
Not all are shown.
These have been updated with a cleaner look as shown.
Click here to download the pictures to color.
(These are the same as the visuals but are black & white.)

Bible Verse: Acts 5:4

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.


  1. Your visual aids and suggestions are extremely helpful. I will be working with 3 to 5 year olds and it is just enough to get God's message to them and I like the fun part of having the work sheet for fun learning and review.

    1. Thanks for visiting! I am glad you can use some of the printables! I appreciate the comment.

    2. Debbie, your lessons are wonderful and activities you come up with are great. Thank you for your hard work. Do you have lessons in Spanish. I teach at a Spanish Church.

    3. Karen, you can find all the Spanish items on the right side bar under Spanish, or you can type in Spanish in the search bar to find everything easier.

  2. Hello, I am going to teach this to students aged from 4 to 12. Can I use your priintables? Thanks in advance. Jenny from Indonesia.

  3. We have been Acts class at our children's bible class. All your material is extremely helpful. Thank you for all your hard work. One stop for everything. God bless your work. Thank you

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  5. The BEST kids lesson on Ananias and Sapphira!Thanx! More than I was looking for! Inspired by the Holy Spirit!

  6. Hi...
    I just want to say that I had a great time reading this and I also want to use your artwork for the kids that I am about to teach.
    Thank you for the ideas...
    God bless you always

  7. Thank you! Will be using this tonight and will continue with the 30 weeks of acts. What an awesome resource. Just curious, why do you have a new lesson when the older one is better, more ideas to engage the kids??

  8. Hi Pauline, part of the reason is just to update it with different printables and new ideas. Part of the reason is I realize that even though I can/will do different things to teach the students, others do not have the ability/time/money to do so. Also, if a class has physically challenged students, they should do things a little different to include everyone. I realize everyone is looking for different things. Some are looking for different hands-on ideas and some are looking for a quick printable. So, instead of cramming everything into an old post, I add a new updated one. This creates options for different styles of teachers and students. I appreciate the comment and had to laugh because I do prefer to teach this lesson with this older style and the kids really love it!

  9. I wish my room was big enough for kids to play act a story. there are several that would be good to tach that way. Ruth in the field gleaning or walls of Jericho I'm sure others. but am happy you shared the lesson ideas. I'll use what I can.thank you so much


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