resourceType: Wild Card Extra
storyName: Peter and Tabitha
learnerLevel: Grades 3-4
Bags of Hope
Kids collect toiletries in decorated bags for shelters to remind them that they can bring hope to others.
Personal toiletries* (shampoo, soap, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
Solid-colored gift bags, one per kid
Note cards (optional)
Contact a local shelter to inquire about the need for specific personal toiletry items. Collect personal
toiletries (*consider having kids bring donations from home or by gathering items from a church collection
drive). Group toiletry items according to type of product and place them where kids can access them.
Gather the kids. Invite kids to read Acts 9:37-38 on page 1215 in their Spark Bibles. In today’s story, people
were very sad that their friend Tabitha died. She was a great woman who helped people in bad situations.
Why do you think the disciples sent for Peter when Tabitha died? Allow all answers. Peter brought hope to
a sad situation. There are people all around us in sad situations. Like Peter, I can bring hope to others – and
so can you! Today, we’re going to do a project to bring hope to others.
1. Talk about the ministry of the local shelter and what the people’s needs are. Keep the discussion on an age-
2. Give each kid a bag to decorate. What are some ways you can bring hope to someone else? What words can you
use? What pictures can you draw? What colors would you choose?
3. Show kids the toiletry items. Place one item from each group into your bag.
4. After the bags have been filled, say a prayer that the bags will help to bring hope to the people in the shelter.
Just like Peter brought hope to Tabitha’s friends, I can bring hope to others.
If you have less time . . .
Have kids decorate bags for another church group to use in their collection project and omit the toiletry
collection and distribution.
If you have more time . . .
Invite kids to write a favorite Bible verse on a note card, then attach it to the bag with ribbon.