Women in the Bible, Lydia

Its great to welcome you back to our Women in the Bible series this week we are going to meet Lydia.

This journey so far we have met Eve, Rachel & Leah, Rahab, Ruth, Deborah, Esther, Bathsheba, The Good Woman, Elizabeth and Mary

Our Women in the Bible series is a journey through the Bible meeting some of the Women of the Bible we will be joining our own women from the Young @ Heart Ladies Groip for this journey

Lydia                    Acts 16:13-15 and 40

I am Lydia. My name means ‘travail’ or hard work. Quite appropriate really, as I am a Seller of purple, the finest of cloth traditionally worn by royalty in many places. I come originally from the city of Thyatira but now live in Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia.

One Sabbath day, I was down by the riverside where a prayer meeting was taking place. There were a number of women there including me. While we were sitting there, two men who introduced themselves as Paul & Silas sat down with us and spoke to us about the one called Jesus who was crucified and who rose from the dead. 

I was so affected by the words spoken by Paul that I decided to follow Jesus.  I invited them both to come to my house and speak to the whole household. Later, I and my household were baptized. From then on there were no more prayer meetings by the river. I urged Paul & Silas to allow me to open my home to them for their ministry.  

Paul & Silas were later arrested and put in prison. When they were released, they came to my house and when they had seen the church family, they encouraged them and departed on the next stage of their missionary journey. 

I am glad that my story is included in the Bible for everyone to read. 


You can print off the colouring in activity below or if you want you can get creative and draw your own picture.

Now, we know you will want to share your pictures, drawings, crafts and even puzzles with us. If you do please take a photo of them and post them on the Raploch Connected Facebook Group.