Scripture: Act 2: 1-13
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.
· Believing in Jesus Christ allows the Holy Spirit to grow within us.
· The Holy Spirit gives us power to tell the world about Jesus.
· The good news of Jesus Christ is for all who will listen.
· Watch a video that dramatizes the visitation of the Holy Spirit to the disciples at Pentecost.
· Discuss the Holy Spirit and identify ways that children can speak the Good News about Jesus.
· Play a game to reinforce the Holy Spirit living in us and sharing the Good News.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag. Make sure the children are wearing nametags.
2. Explain the purpose of this workshop. This unit is a study of Pentecost. Pentecost was a Jewish holiday, seven weeks after the Passover. (Recall the Passover or Last Supper meal during Holy Week). Pentecost was also called the “Feast of Harvest”. It is an important time for Christians because it is the day the Holy Spirit came – just as God promised!
1. Give an introduction to the video. It begins on a ship. Luke is a doctor and the author of the book of Acts. He is traveling with Paul. He records what has happened. Luke describes the visits from Jesus after he was resurrected. Jesus tells the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will give them power so that they can tell everyone about Jesus. (refer to the memory verse).
You will see a scene about selecting a disciple to replace Judas. This is not part of our scripture lesson, but you may explain what is happening to the children. Pause the video if it helps to interject comments. The last part of the video clip includes Peter’s speech explaining what has happened. This also is not part of our scripture lesson but provides some continuity and explanation. Since the clip is short, I suggest you run it to the end of the speech. Listen for Peter’s words about affirming Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Define the use of the word tongues. In this context, it means to be able to speak the language of the listener. Though many people in the crowd were from foreign places and spoke different languages, they all could understand Peter.
2. Start the video. It’s about 15 minutes long if cued from the beginning ship scene. Stop the video at the end of Acts 2:39 when you see the ship scene again.
3. Distribute the popcorn with help from the Shepherds or volunteer children. (Popcorn should already be made.)
Were the disciples expecting the Spirit? (Yes, Jesus told them to expect help)
Did they know what was going to happen? (No. God's presence is often surprising and strange).
What was the special gift given at Pentecost? (gift of speaking in a way that others can understand)
Who did/does the Holy Spirit come to? (those who believe in Jesus)
What was the reaction to this unusual event? (surprise and astonishment)
Do you feel the Holy Spirit? (Maybe,
not always. Don’t worry if you don’t. We need to listen, pray and act like
Jesus. The Holy Spirit will grow in our hearts. We will learn, with time and practice, to listen for and feel the
Today, what are the different ways our church speaks about God? (Worship, Sunday school, fellowship, missions –Koala and WHIN, caregivers)
2. How can you speak the Good News of God's love to others? When people look at us as Christians, they can see what our God is like in our actions. What do our actions tell others about God? Make sure it is Good News!
On the white board, brainstorm a list of ideas of the different ways (tongues) of sharing the Good News of Jesus. Introduce the Good News microphone. Kids can offer their ideas by speaking into the Good News microphone. Pass the microphone as kids raise their hand with an idea.
There are many different ways (tongues) to speak the Good News:
doing the right thing
making smart choices
making a new friend
saying thank you
doing kind acts
bringing Pennies for Hunger
giving a Family Ties gift at Christmas
Helping the homeless of WIHN
helping around home, school
helping others who are hurt, feeling down, bullied
coming to worship and Faith Quest
Bringing an offering to Faith Quest
Not fighting with siblings
how you behave when no one is looking
working on mission programs
singing worship songs
3. Repeat the 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)
4. Experience the Holy Spirit. Ask the kids to stand and spread out around the room. Take a roll of red crepe paper. Announce that the crepe paper represents the Holy Spirit (like “tongues of fire”). When you receive the crepe paper you say: “The Holy Spirit is with me.” Then you say, “Share the Good News” and toss the Holy Spirit to someone else, making sure that you hang on to an end of the crepe paper. You may suggest that the kids turn around once before tossing the roll so that the paper surrounds them. Make sure the paper stays loose or it will rip. Even if it does, it doesn’t matter. Keep tossing and wrapping.
The tosser says: “Share the Good News” and the catcher says, “The Holy Spirit is with me.” The crepe paper is like the Holy Spirit helping us spread the Good News to others. Our actions tell others about God.
Toss the crepe paper roll,
preferably across the room, so the Good News trail gets all Crisscrossed.
Continue tossing until everyone has a chance to toss or keep tossing it until
the crepe paper runs out.
1. Tear off a small piece of streamer and tuck it in a pocket or sleeve. Or, wear a piece of crepe paper around your neck. Later, tell a parent or friend what it means to share the Good News and that the Holy Spirit is with you because you believe in Jesus.
Tear off another piece and paste it in a journal. Write down
an idea of something you can do that shows others the message that God cares.
(see the list on the white board)
Recite the memory verse one more time. Close with prayer.
Prayer: We know that Jesus is Lord. We believe that the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts because we believe in Jesus. Help us to share the Good News about Jesus in what we do and say. Amen.
Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help clean up popcorn as they wait for their parents to arrive. Turn out the lights and lock the doors to Holywood.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Workshop Leaders Bible Study.
2. Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located.
3. Put a Good News label on a microphone as you see on the TV news microphones. Or make a megaphone. Shape a piece of poster board into a cone. Write one the side of the cone in large letters: GOOD NEWS.
4. PRACTICE OPERATING THE POPCORN MACHINE. If this is your first time in Holywood, visit the current workshop leader for instructions before your rotation begins. Be sure you have plenty of popcorn popped BEFORE the children arrive. You will need to have your attention on the children at that point. Ask the shepherds or child volunteers to help distribute it to children who are sitting quietly.
· Microphone with the label “Good News”, or a Good News megaphone
· Several rolls of red crepe paper
· Garbage bag to collect crepe paper
· Crepe paper activity inspired by Jan Hanson, FPC Napa CA. Ideas Exchange (Pentecost) at www.rotation.org
· Neil MacQueen, Ideas Exchange (Pentecost) at www.rotation.org,