Scripture: Acts 2:1-13
Key Scripture Verses: Acts 2:2-4 “Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind!….Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.” (Contemporary English Version)
“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)
· The Holy Spirit came to the community of believers just as God had promised.
· The Holy Spirit gives us the power to tell the world about Jesus.
1. Learn that after Jesus’ death and resurrection he remained on earth preparing his disciples for the time when he would leave them and ascend into heaven.
2. Understand that Jesus instructed them to wait for the Holy Spirit to come and fill them with power from God.
3. Know that at the Pentecost celebration, when people of many different lands met together, the Holy Spirit arrived in a dramatic, memorable fashion.
4. Children will create crowns of waving “flames” marked with God’s word in other languages.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag.
2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself. A short prayer asking God to help us to learn more and to be good disciples would be appropriate.
1. This is the story of Pentecost. Jesus died and was risen from the dead. On the fortieth day afterwards, he went to heaven. Before he went, he told his disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit to come and fill them with power from heaven and that they would tell people about Jesus throughout the world (Acts 1:8).
2. Nine days later was the feast of Pentecost, a festival celebrating the harvest. Followers of Jesus who came from many different lands and spoke different languages that were foreign to each other met to celebrate in one room.
3. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven that roared like the wind! Then the people saw what looked like fiery tongues moving about the room! A tongue touched each person! They knew that the Holy Spirit was with them. To their surprise, they could speak languages that they hadn’t known before. The people in the room who came from the countries where the language was spoken could understand the people who were speaking in a new language for the first time. Everyone was excited and confused and wondered what it meant!
4. The followers were now able to travel elsewhere to tell everyone in their own language about Jesus. And they did travel and preach the message of Jesus. That is how we know about Jesus today.
5. Take a minute to talk to the children about the creation they are going to be doing in this workshop. Tell them that they will be making a crown that looks like flames to symbolize Pentecost. Put your sample crown on your head.
1. Create! Have the children listen to the Bible story (1-4 above). Show them a sample. Give them each a narrow strip of poster board. Have them print with markers, the message “The Spirit of the Lord is upon us” in a foreign language. They can copy it from a chart, which should be hung in the room. Make copies available for each table.
2. Tell them to take about twelve pieces of colored tissue paper and shape one narrow end of each with scissors to look like a tongue.
3. When all the pieces are complete, the shepherds can assist the children in squeezing a thin line of glue on the blank side of the poster board. Have the pieces of tissue placed along the glue strip. They can overlap slightly and should point down when worn. When complete, the poster board can be sized by overlapping ends and held with one staple - another job for the shepherds.
4. Clean up! Involve everyone in cleaning up so that you will have time to share together in the closing. You may want to have a prearranged signal for clean up and tell them at beginning of art project what that will be - perhaps giving them a 5 minute warning and then the final clean up notice to allow those who need a bit more warning that they need to complete whatever they are working on.
5. Turn out lights and lock the classroom door when leaving.
1. Ask the shepherds to pass out Journals and pencils/markers. The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson – Jesus wanted everyone who believed in him to tell others about how he died for us and yet is always with us. Just as he said the Holy Spirit would come, God sent a great wind and flames to touch believers and give them the power to share God’s message in many lands. What do we call this special event? What happened? What power did the followers get?
1. Encourage the children to think about what Pentecost means.
2. Tell them that their Pennies will be given to the Dan and Elizabeth Turk, missionaries serving and sharing God’s word in Madagascar.
3. Say the Key Memory Verse together (see above). You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can take home.
4. Pray! Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Thank God for sending the Holy Spirit to us so that we can do good things.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passage and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop study.
2. Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.
3. Check the art room to see what supplies exist. Purchase and cut poster board and tissue papers. Make a chart with the message in other languages (see languages in Word document).
4. Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process. Have the materials ready to go. Post the language list and have several copies available. There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.
5. Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or use one of the group suggestions.
Red poster board 22” X 28” precut to 22” X 1 ¼” strips
Tissue paper in red and orange precut into 4-5” X 2 - 2 1/2” rectangles
Staplers and staples
Chart with “The Spirit of the Lord is upon us” in many languages.
El espíritu de Dios está sobre nosotros (Spanish)
L'esprit de Dieu est sur nous (French)
Der Geist des Gottes ist auf uns (German)
Lo spirito di Dio è su noi (Italian)
De geest van God is op ons (Dutch)
O espírito de Deus está sobre nós (Portugese)
Ånden av God er på oss (Norwegian)
Дух Бога, находиться на нас (Russian)
El espiritu de Déu aquesta sobre nosaltres (Catalan)
إنّ روح الإله علينا. (Arabic)
Semangat Tuhan berada di atas kita (Malay)
A szellem -ból Isten van rajtunk (Hungarian)
duh od Bog je na nas (Croatian)
'r hysbryd chan Celi ydy arnom (Welsh)
πνεύμα του Θεόs επάνω εμάs (Greek)
duh od Bog je naprej nas (Slovenian)
Определителен член дух на Бог е на нас (Bulgarian)
Člen určitý duch Bůh dale (Czech)