The Children\'s Chapel

Beloved Seamstress
by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

Text Version | Afrikaans | Italian

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Seeing the stacks of neatly cut, small squares of fabric on the table made Carlos curious. "Aunt Maria, what are you going to DO with all those little pieces? They don't look like they are big enough to use for anything."

Patchwork heart Aunt Maria chuckled at her nephew's comment. "I am going to sew them together to make a quilt. Then I am going to take the quilt to the mission to give to someone who needs it," she replied.

"That sure is a LOT of work! Why would you want to do all that work just to give it away?"

Patchwork heart With a smile, Aunt Maria looked down at Carlos and said, "I enjoy making quilts, but I have all the quilts I need. The Bible says that we should do good things for other people. Besides that, it makes me glad to see the happiness it brings when I give a quilt to someone in need."

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"Pe-ter! . . . Pe-ter! . . . Please come quickly! We need you to come to Joppa right away. Please HURRY!"

We need you to come to Joppa right away

Peter spun around to see what all the commotion was about. "Calm down, young man. What is it? What can I do for you? What has happened to make you hurry so?"

Patchwork heart "Oh, Peter! It is just so AWFUL! You remember Dorcas, don't you? Everybody loved her. Some people called her Dorcas and some people called her Tabitha, but everybody loved her. She was so kind to everyone she met. She did good things for people. Remember how she liked to sew? She even made this shirt just for me!"

Dorcas was so kind to everyone she met "Yes, yes. I remember Dorcas, but tell me, what is so awful? Why have you come?"

"Peter, they sent me to come get you. Dorcas was sick. Then she got even sicker, and nobody knew what to do. The doctors couldn't help her. Finally, she died. They are preparing for the funeral. The people told me to come get you because they thought you would know what to do."

Patchwork heart This was very, very sad news for Peter to hear. He knew what a kind woman Dorcas was and he knew that all the Christians, both the Jews and the Greeks, loved her dearly. That is why she had two names.

As he went with the young man to the city of Joppa, they had quite a conversation about all the new clothes Dorcas had made and her other kind deeds. They were both very sad that their friend had died.

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The people were waiting anxiously for the arrival of Peter. Some met him on the road and walked to the house with him. Peter went upstairs where the funeral arrangements were being made. The room was filled with sad, weeping people. Peter could BARELY get inside.

The room was filled with sad weeping peopleSee this lovely dress she made for me

"See this lovely dress she made for me!" a young lady cried out.

Patchwork heart "She made nice shirts for all four of my sons," another one said.

"I would have been so cold during the winter if she had not made me a warm coat."

On and on the people talked, showing Peter the things she had made.

Peter gently asked all the people to leave the room Peter knew EXACTLY what he needed to do.

He gently asked all the people to leave the room.

Then he kneeled down beside the very still body of Dorcas...

Patchwork heart ...and he began to pray.

"Dear Father in heaven, I know that You can do all things. You know how Dorcas was so well loved by all the people because of the good things she did. Will You please bring her back to life? In Jesus' Name. Amen."

With that, Peter spoke softly to Dorcas, saying, "Tabitha, arise!"

INSTANTLY she opened her eyes! She saw Peter! She sat up!

Peter held out his hand and helped her stand. He called the people to come back into the room. They were all AMAZED and happy to find Dorcas alive.

INSTANTLY she opened her eyes and sat upPeter called the people to come back into
the room

God had answered Peter's prayer!

What a wonderful MIRACLE!

The people crowded around to see her and to hug her. They were all so happy. They ran out of the room, out of the house, and into the street to tell EVERYONE they met the good news that Dorcas was alive. Because of this great miracle, many people that didn't believe in the Lord Jesus Christ became Christians that day.

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Why did Dorcas have two names?
How did Dorcas help others?
How can you help others?


Others are watching you. You are the only Bible some may ever read. The way you live can lead other people to Jesus.


"Let us do good unto all..." (Galatians 6:10a).


Dog and boy praying

Dear God, I am so thankful that You love and
care for me. Thank You for all the people
that are good to me. Please help me to remember
to be kind and do good deeds for others.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Acts 9:36-42

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Something to color

Bible verse coloring page
God Loves You Coloring Book: A Read-aloud Coloring Book About God's Plan for Salvation
Bible Story Coloring Pages V2
Really Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages
My Bible Coloring Book
Children's Bible Coloring Books


Dorcas Activities
Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
Memory Verse Games for Kids
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Sticker Books


Sew Clothes Using Fun Foam
Dorcas craft ideas
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 3-6)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget: Paper Sacks & Cardboard Tubes (Reproducible: Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God with Paper Plates (Reproducible: PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12

CDs and Videos

Punchinello and the Most Marvelous Gift - a story about giving
Thank You God For Friends & Helpers (Boz)
VeggieTales: Bob Lends a Helping Hand
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
What's in the Bible? Vol. 10: Jesus Is the Good News
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs


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Do What Is Good (The Donut Man
Never Become Tired of Doing Good (The Donut Man
Sandi Patti and the Friendship Company (Miracles Can Happen)
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs (includes Everybody Ought to Know)
Action Bible Songs
Bible Songs on CD
100 Singalong Bible Songs For Kids
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs
Children's Music

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Cool Hand Cuke : A Lesson in Giving
Jesus Teaches Me
Peter and Dorcas
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365 Activities For Kids:
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100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
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Early Reader's Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschooler's Bible
Toddler's Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)


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801 Questions Kids Ask About God
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher
Children's Ministry
Bible Memory Games
Bible Story Coloring Pages Vol. 2
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Gift & Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting Resources
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Seven Laws of the Learner
Spanish Resources
Sunday school resources
Talking to God
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know

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Last updated June 16, 2017.

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