The Children\'s Chapel

by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

Text Version | Italian

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"What's that noise I hear?"

"What noise?"

"THAT noise! Don't you hear it? It's a strange sound. I haven't heard noise like that in a long time."

"Uh, do you mean that weird humming sound coming from the other end of the hall?"

"Yeah, that's it! I think it sounds like somebody is singing down there, but who in their right mind would be singing in a place like this?"

"NOBODY! It's cold. It's dark. It's damp. We don't get enough food to eat. And the little bit of food we do get, the rats try to snatch right out of our hands. It's awful in here!"

Man holding onto prison bars in window

"Well, we ARE in jail, remember?"

"Yes! That's exactly what I mean! Who can find anything to sing about in a rotten place like this?"

"You don't think we are just 'hearing things' do you? Maybe we've been in here so long that we think the buzzing of the crawling bugs sounds like singing."

"No, I'm SURE I hear people singing!"

"Well, why don't you ask the guard when he comes by to check the locks. They do that every night, you know. That's the only way I even know it's night. It's dark all the time in this horrible place."

"You want ME to ask the guard? I can't ask the guard! The last time I tried to ask him anything, he took my pillow. Now I have to lay my head on this hard floor."

"Oh, all right then. I'll ask him. I'm not afraid of him. Besides, I don't have a pillow for him to take, and I'm a Roman citizen so I know that even if he gets mad, at least he can't beat me."

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"Huh? What do you want? HOW DARE you bother me when I'm checking locks?!?!"

"We just wanted to know what that strange sound is. It sounds like somebody singing."

Those two crazy new guys that came in earlier today are singing "Yes! It's singing all right! It's those two crazy, new guys that came in earlier today. They're driving me crazy. I don't understand it at all. Their names are Paul and Silas and they call themselves Christians.

"They got beaten and thrown in jail for teaching people about that Jewish man named Jesus. All they have to do to get out of this place is to quit teaching about Jesus. But, NO - they won't do that. They would rather sit in this cold, dark, nasty jail. It sure doesn't make any sense to me! That's why I came down to this end. All they do down there is sing, sing, sing. Then they pray, pray, pray. Then they sing, sing, sing some more. It is irritating me and really getting on my nerves. I JUST CAN'T STAND IT ANY LONGER!

"HEY! WAIT A MINUTE! Why am I talking to you lousy prisoners? I've got work to do. You two are lucky I'm in a good mood today!"

The guard gruffly went about his business and the prisoners were left to wonder about Paul and Silas.

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The singing continued on, and on, and on. The longer they sang, the louder it became. It was already midnight and they were still singing. It was becoming quite clear that NO ONE would be getting any sleep that night - with, or without a pillow!

Man holding onto prison bars in window

SUDDENLY, the prisoners were gripped with fear.


"Did I really feel the ground move?"

"OH, NO! I think the walls are shaking too!"

"That's an awfully weird noise I hear, and I'm NOT talking about those guys singing down there."

I think this whole
building is going to come down on top of us and we are all going to be
buried under a pile of rubble

"Listen to the clinking and the clanking! I think this whole building is going to come down on top of us and we are all going to be buried under a pile of rubble."


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All the chains had
fallen off the hands and feet of the prisoners When the earthquake was over, everyone breathed a deep sigh of relief and looked around. The walls had not fallen on top of them and no one was hurt. The really odd thing was that all the chains had fallen off the hands and feet of the prisoners. They were free to go, but they all just stood there, looking around in astonishment.

Ball and chain

The guard had somehow found a way to sleep through the entire ordeal. When he awoke, he was very afraid. He saw that the chains were lying on the ground, and he thought the prisoners had escaped. He was sure he was in big, big trouble.

Paul saw how fearful the guard was and called out to him. "Don't be afraid. Everything is all right. We are all here. No one tried to escape."

The guard looked up in disbelief. They had their chance to get out of that dingy, dirty jail, but they didn't leave? He was very puzzled about it all.

He called for someone to get him a light so he could see for himself. He counted the prisoners. Sure enough. They were all there.

He was still trembling when he ran over to Paul and Silas.

"Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" he asked.

The next morning the guard told Paul and Silas that he had permission to set them free They replied, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved."

The guard was so happy! He took Paul and Silas to his very own house. He gently cleaned the wounds they had received from the beating. Then he gave them good food to eat and a nice place to rest.

The next morning the guard had great news. He told Paul and Silas that he had permission to set them free.

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Why were Paul and Silas thrown in prison?
Why were they able to sing joyfully in that awful jail?


Even on the worst days and in the worst situations, you can still sing and have joy in your heart.


"I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live" (Psalm 104:33).


Dog and boy praying

Dear Jesus, thank You for being with us in every
situation. Help us to remember that we can be
joyful no matter what happens, because we know You
love us and care for us very much. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Acts 16:16-35

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Giving Thanks (online jigsaw puzzle)
Test Your Knowledge of Paul
Singing in Jail (audio story)


Bible Crafts
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


Salvation Challenge Board Game
Paul and Silas Fill-in-the-Blank
Paul & Silas Are Imprisoned activities

Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles
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


Paul, Silas, and the Jailer
I Will Sing
Color the Bible Verse
Bible Heroes Paul Coloring Book
Story of Paul

18 People in the Life of Paul

What God Says Salvation
God Loves Me Coloring Pages

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


Did You Ever Talk to God Above - Chords
Earthquake Song (The Donut Man)
100 Ways To Know God Loves Me & 100 Songs
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs=
Action Bible Songs
Bible Songs on CD
Bible Songs on DVD
100 Singalong Bible Songs For Kids
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs
Children's Music

CDs and Videos

Acts: The Acts of the Apostles, DVD
Greatest Heroes: The Apostles DVD
Peter and Paul DVD
Bible Comes Alive Series CD Album 5 (Your Story Hour)
#1: Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible Storybook
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
Story of Jesus for Kids
The Bible MiniSeries DVD Set
The Road to Damascus Superbook DVD
What's in the Bible? Vol. 11: Acts—Spreading the Good News
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs

child reading a book

4 Important Things Every Kid Should Know
A Jailer Is Set Free
Jailhouse Rock (Arch Books)
Being a Christian: a Study Book for Children
God...Should I Be Baptized?
Paul's Life and Journeys
Paul: Journeys of Adventure
Plan of Salvation for Children (Bookmark)
Paul & Silas Are Imprisoned
The Philippian Jailer
Wonder Kids: Tell Me About Salvation
The Bible's Big Story: Salvation History for Kids

365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories
365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
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)

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Apostle Paul
Four Important Things Every Kid Should Know
How to be born again
Paul & Silas Are Imprisoned curriculum & activities
Paul The Emissary DVD (Drama)
Peter & Paul DVD
The Call Children's Leader Guide: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul

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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