Our sermon series is about Determination!
Bible Story: The Holy Spirit Comes @ Pentecost/ Acts 2:1-41
Bottom Line: God gives you what you need to keep going.
Memory Verse: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Life App: Determination-Deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what!
May 14th ACTIVITIES:
Activity #1: TONGUE TWISTER TELEPHONE
WHAT YOU NEED: No supplies needed
WHAT YOU DO: Encourage kids to sit with you so you can play the game “Telephone.”
Put tongue twister phrases on strips of paper- and pull them out one at a time. Try to say the phrase as fast as you can.
Examples- but feel free to make up your own.
Tongue Twister Phrases:
The really rad rhinoceros ran out of raspberries.
Big bully Billy better be nice to Beatrice.
Sally’s out of seashells, so she now sells sandwiches.
Purple porcupines pick pink peonies.
Hungry, hungry hippos shouldn’t hang out by your homework.
WHAT YOU SAY: “You all did a pretty amazing job at trying those super funny sentences, but sometimes they were easy to get twisted, weren’t they? What do you think it would feel like if you didn’t know what your friend was saying all the time?
“Get us thinking…”
WHAT YOU NEED: paper & markers
WHAT YOU DO:
Provide each child with a piece of paper and a marker.
Ask the question: “If you could be given any gift ever, what would it be?”
Encourage kids to draw their answer on the paper.
As kids finish, allow them to share their picture with you and describe what they drew and why they think it’s the best gift ever.
Encourage kids to turn over their papers to the back and make a list of all of the things God has given them already.
Prompt them with examples such as: siblings, a place to live, friends, etc.
Once kids are finished with their list, explain that although God doesn’t always give us everything we WANT, He does give us what we NEED to keep going. We learned that the Holy Spirit is a gift for us from God!
Pray over your kids.
WHAT YOU SAY:
“God, there are a lot of times when we focus on the things we want You to give us instead of being grateful for everything You have already blessed us with! Today we simply want to come to You praising You for everything You have given us. We know that no matter what we face, You will give us what we need to keep going. Thank You for reminding us of this today!”
Activity #3: FLAMING HEADBANDS
WHAT YOU NEED: construction paper, scissors, stapler, flame stencil (optional)
Cut one or more strips of construction paper to staple together to wrap around your head. Cut out flames (using templates if needed) and staple them to the front of the headband.
Read the Bible story from the Activity Page titled “Acts 2”. Kids will do/say what you tell them to throughout the story. After Jesus told His disciples to tell everyone about Him, Jesus went up into heaven.
Say, “Whoa!” The disciples probably wondered what to do next. Hold your hands up in a “What do we do now?” gesture. How were they supposed to tell everyone about Him? They were about to find out. It says in the book of Acts: “Suddenly a sound came from heaven. It was like a strong wind blowing. Make a sound like a strong wind blowing.It filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something that looked like fire in the shape of tongues. Flutter your fingers up and down like flames. The flames separated and came to rest on each of them. Put on your flaming headband! All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to speak in languages they had not known before.
Say, “Jesus is Lord,”. The Spirit gave them the ability to do this (Acts 2:2-4). Immediately, the believers went out to join the crowds who had arrived in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost. Walk in place for a few seconds. These Jews had traveled from many different places and spoke a lot of languages. They were shocked to hear the believers talking about Jesus in words they could understand.
Say, “What in the world is happening?” Peter heard that some people weren’t sure what to think about what was happening. So he gathered the other disciples together and made his way to the very front. Say, “Preach it, Peter!” He said, “God did miracles and wonders among you through Jesus. A long time ago, God planned that Jesus would be handed over. You nailed him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead.” Say, “Jesus is Lord,” in your language and do your handshake/clap with your partner.The crowd listened as the Holy Spirit gave Peter the words to say and helped the people understand. Peter told them to turn away from their sins and be baptized. That day 3,000 people believed in Jesus and were baptized! Say, “Hooray!”