Dorcas / Tabitha Raised by Peter (Acts 9:36-43) Sunday School Lesson and Activities

Use this free kids Bible lesson in your Sunday School to teach children how Peter raised Tabitha Dorcas from the dead back to life in Acts 9:36-43. This teaching shows the Holy Spirit was confirming the power of Jesus Christ resurrection and power in the life of the Early Christian Church. Download the lesson plans, children’s sermons, and craft activities below as you prepare to teach. The Bible story about Tabitha is perfect for kids church in the weeks following Easter. The first lesson plan below includes the coloring pages and worksheet activities to use in your Sunday School class.

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Dorcas Children’s Sermon Video Teaching Example

Teach kids about serving God with this Acts 9:36-43 children’s sermon on Peter raising Tabitha (aka Dorcas) back to life. This message encourages children to use their talents to serve God and help others, as He calls us all to do. Sometimes things don’t seem to go our way, but God can and will use all things to His glory in the end. Even if we make mistakes, or don’t think we have enough “skill” in areas, we can trust that God will shape our lives and use all things for His great purposes. Share this Acts 9:36-43 Children’s Message on Peter and Tabitha in your Kids Church, Sunday School, or other Children’s Ministry teaching.

Sunday School Song for Kid Worship with Lyrics “Be Strong Take Courage”

Bible Crafts and Sunday School Activities on Dorcas Tabitha

In this story, Tabitha is celebrated as a charitable disciple who sewed garments for others. Her death brought about sadness, but through the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter raised her up, and many came to believe in Jesus as a result. These Tabitha crafts focus on elements of sewing and fabric, to honor her work, and also involve service to God. A “Heart for Service Coupon Collection” can be given as a gift to a loved one, with ideas for serving. A “tapestry plate” pieces fabric together on the outside, with a decorative reminder to glorify God on the inside.

Scripture Passage: Acts 9:36-43 New International Readers Version Children’s Bible Translation

Acts 9:36-43 NIrV  In Joppa there was a believer named Tabitha. Her name in the Greek language was Dorcas. She was always doing good and helping poor people.  (37)  About that time she became sick and died. Her body was washed and placed in a room upstairs.  (38)  Lydda was near Joppa. The believers heard that Peter was in Lydda. So they sent two men to him. They begged him, “Please come at once!”  (39)  Peter went with them. When he arrived, he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him crying. They showed him the robes and other clothes Dorcas had made while she was still alive.  (40)  Peter sent them all out of the room. Then he got down on his knees and prayed. He turned toward the dead woman. He said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes. When she saw Peter, she sat up.  (41)  He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows. He brought her to them. They saw that she was alive.  (42)  This became known all over Joppa. Many people believed in the Lord.  (43)  Peter stayed in Joppa for some time. He stayed with Simon, a man who worked with leather.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL READER’S VERSION®. Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.
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