Scripture: Acts 2:1-13
Memory Verse: “But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you.” John 14:26 (CEV)
1. The Holy Spirit came to the community of believers just as God had promised.
2. The Holy Spirit gives us power to tell the world about Jesus.
3. The good news of Jesus Christ is for all who will listen.
1. The children will be able to retell the story of Pentecost in their own words.
2. The class will understand that the Holy Spirit gives us power to tell others about Jesus.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your name-tag. Make sure the children are wearing name-tags.
2. Explain the purpose of this workshop. In this workshop we will hear and act out the story of Pentecost. In the last two rotations we learned about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. After Jesus was resurrected he stayed with the disciples and taught them about God but before he went to heaven he told them to wait for the Holy Spirit to come and fill them with power. Pentecost is the story of how the Holy Spirit came to the disciples. We consider Pentecost to be the birthday of the church.
After summarizing the events that happened before (crucifixion, resurrection) read Acts 2:1-13 to the children or allow the class to read.
Why did the Holy Spirit give the disciples the ability to talk to people who didn’t speak their language? To help spread the good news of God’s love to all people and all nations and to show the power of the Holy Spirit.
Have you every heard anyone tell about the Holy Spirit helping them or have you ever felt the Holy Spirit? Any answers
Props and set up: streamers (blue, red), puzzle necklaces Separate the puzzle pairs and give the appropriate number of halves to the shepherd and keep the other halves for the disciples. Make sure each half will have a partner and set aside unused ones for the second acting of the scenario.
1. Divide the class in half. Half will be the disciples and half will be the Holy Spirit. Instruct them in basic instructions first, then break up and continue with the following:
2. The disciples sit in a circle. The workshop leader sits with them as a disciple also. You may choose to dress as disciples to add authenticity. Pretend that you are the disciples, Jesus has gone and told you to wait for the Holy Spirit. You pray a lot, remember Jesus and wonder what will happen next.
3. The other half of the class goes to the other end of the room where a shepherd will hand them each a blue streamer to represent wind and a red streamer to represent fire. The children pretend to be a great wind, whirling and twirling and burning flames. Play some exciting music to accompany the wind and fire. Encourage kids to act like fire and wind and not just run across the room.
4. When the wind and fire get to the disciples the students will place the red streamer on the shoulders of one disciple and run quietly back, with the wind (blue streamer), to the other end of the room. When a disciple gets a streamer, the child holds it and jumps up to wave the streamer and shout, “I feel the Holy Spirit!”
5. All the wind and fire will group back with the shepherd who will give them each a “puzzle necklace”. They are to wait until the disciples come find them.
6. When the disciples have all received the Holy Spirit, the leader says “I feel the Holy Spirit and it makes me full of love and joy. Let’s go tell the others about the love Jesus gave us”. The leader gives each child a puzzle necklace and tells them to go find the match to their puzzle half, and share some good news with their match. Ask the children to bring their puzzle partner to the circle when the match is made.
7. Once everyone gathers share the completed pictures and phrases.
8. Now repeat the drama and let the disciple and fire groups switch parts.
After the drama is over collect the puzzles and streamers and have the children join you in a circle. Ask them how the Holy Spirit might make them feel (strong, calm, joy, desire and ability to tell everyone about god’s love…) Give each child a small red pompom. Tell them that this pompom represents the tongues of fire that the apostles saw when they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Suggest that the children keep the pompom in their pocket and it will be with them when they need to remember the strength that the Holy Spirit gives us and the great love God has for us.
Prompts for journal writing: Pentecost is considered the “church’s birthday” because it was when the disciples began spreading the news of Jesus’ love. Make a birthday card for the church. Decorate it with something that reminds you of the first Pentecost (tongues of flames, wind etc.)
Prayer: Try a pompom prayer. Tell children that you will start the prayer and then you will pass the pompom to the next person who can add a sentence to the prayer (thanking God or asking God’s help for someone who needs it etc.). Remind them that the pompom represents the Holy Spirit, which gave the disciples the courage to tell the good news of God’s love so when they are holding the pompom they will feel the courage and strength to pray!
Start prayer: Dear Loving God, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to the apostles so they could spread the news of God’s love. Thank you also for sending the Holy Spirit to us so we can feel your love and strength… pass pompom and children continue prayer.
Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Put costumes in bin on stage. Re-stack the carpet squares. Lock the CD player up in the kitchen.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.
2. Prepare a closing prayer.
3. Make puzzle necklaces. To make a puzzle necklace: Paste a small picture on card stock paper. On the reverse side, print a phrase such as “God’s love is for everyone”, “The Holy Spirit is with me”, “Spread the Good News”, “The Holy Spirit will come and help you”, “The Holy Spirit will teach you everything”, “The Holy Spirit will remind you of what I said while I was with you.” Laminate the picture and cut in half a little zig-zaggy like a puzzle. Punch a hole in each half and thread with yarn to make 2 necklaces. Make enough necklace pairs for 20 kids or 10 pictures. Pictures may be cut from magazines, flower catalogues, clipart, etc.
4. Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located. The bin with supplies is located on the stage.
· blue and red streamers
· red pompoms – available at craft stores
· puzzle necklaces
· CD player and music