An engaging story of a young boy growing up during the period when the church was established and when choosing to be a Christian was an important and sometimes dangerous choice. Cleon is a slave who runs away from his abusive master and is befriended by a Jewish family whose father is in the process of becoming a Christian. They see Paul arrested,and when Cleon is taken by his old master who is about to drown when the ship sinks, he is faced with a choice: How does his new-found faith influence whether he lets him drown or rescues him?
Students experience the early church through the story of Cleon. Parallels are drawn to the Scriptures and the class builds a model of Caesarea. This program can be used as a VBS curriculum, summer program, church camp or integrated into Sunday School. This story is also used in Godly Journey -- a one to year year-long youth program that expands the exploration of life in the early church by following Paul's missionary journeys and includes an examination of slavery and the spread of the church over time and around the globe.
7 sessions, grades 4-6