This teaching activity is based on a
combination of teaching ideas for Pentecost, taken from the Bible Reading
Fellowship's Barnabas website and Sermons4Kids.
- A reading about the events in Acts 2,
taken from a children's Bible.
leader explains that today is Pentecost, reminds the children of the
events of the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension, and
explains Jesus' promise that after He went back to heaven God's Holy
Spirit would be with His people for ever.
children join in some activities to explore the properties of
leader explains the links between the Jewish and Christian celebrations
of Pentecost, with a focus on the fruits of the Spirit, and the power
that the Holy Spirit gives us to lead Christ-like lives.
- An adult
or older child (or more than one) to do the reading.
- An adult
to lead the teaching.
- All the
children in church can be involved in the wind activities.
- A child's Bible.
ways of exploring the properties of wind. These might
- straws with one end cut into a "nib" shape -if
you blow down these in the right way then they make a surprisingly
loud noise, which children love!
strips of tissue paper - if you hold one end against your upper lip,
with the strip of paper hanging down vertically in front of you, and
then blow strongly against the paper that's over your mouth, then the
whole strip should raise to the horizontal, rippling;
pieces of tissue paper: if the children tip their heads back and put
one of these over their lips, then blow hard, they should flutter up
into the air;
- simply asking the children to blow gently on the
back of another child's neck, or on the back of their own hand.
the reader(s) either before the service or as people arrive in
your props for the wind activities.
is a Jewish festival, celebrated 50 days after the Passover, which in Old
Testament times celebrated the first fruits of the early Spring
harvest. By the time of the New Testament it had begun to focus
more on God's gift of the Law on Mount Sinai. It was this festival that
Jesus' followers had gathered to celebrate when they first experienced
the Holy Spirit at work amongst them.
- Why did
God choose a Harvest Festival, when people were remembering the time when
He gave them His law, to send His Holy Spirit to them? If we invite God's
Holy Spirit into our lives then they will begin to bear the "fruits of
the Spirit" (Galatians 5.22), making us more like Jesus because His laws
are written in our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33).
- In what
ways is God's Spirit like the wind? We cannot see the wind, but we can
hear it, we can feel it and we can see it at work. The children can
explore hearing the wind in the instruments and straws; feeling it by
blowing on their skin; seeing it at work by blowing on pieces of tissue
Jesus' promise that when He left earth He would not leave His followers
alone, but the Holy Spirit would come to be with us for ever - today as
much as on that first Pentecost.