When Jesus was on earth He promised to send His followers a Helper – the Holy Spirit. What an amazing truth that God Himself comes to dwell within us when we accept Christ’s death on the cross as payment for our sin! He helps us overcome sin and come to know God personally. How has the Holy Spirit been your Helper this week?
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned what happened after Jesus went back to heaven. After Jesus ascended into the clouds, the disciples stayed in Jerusalem waiting for the special gift Jesus promised. As they were praying together one day a loud noise that sounded like wind filled the room and fire appeared above each of their heads. Something inside of them began to change. They had received God’s Holy Spirit, the Helper that Jesus had promised. Now they had the power to do God’s work. After this they began to tell others the Good News about Jesus with courage and boldness. (Acts 2)
- Jesus sent the Holy Spirit just as He promised.
- God always keeps His promises.
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever." Psalm 107:1 (NIV)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that Jesus Sent the Holy Spirit Just as He Promised:
1. Celebrate the Holy Spirit
The sending of the Holy Spirit was the start of the Church, so to celebrate this, make birthday cupcakes with your child. Grab a white cake mix, frosting, sprinkles and food coloring. Let your child help you make the cake batter. Once you get all the ingredients mixed together, let your child add several drops of one color of food coloring. While he is mixing it, talk to your child about how the Holy Spirit changes the soul of someone who loves Jesus just as food coloring changes the batter. After baking the cupcakes, decorate them with icing and sprinkles. While you are waiting for the cupcakes to cook and cool, read the story of the Holy Spirit from the Bible and ask your child these questions:
- Where did Jesus’ special friends wait for the gift Jesus promised?
- When the disciples were praying what appeared over their heads?
- What did Jesus give his friends?
- What did the disciples do a er the Holy Spirit came on them?
After the disciples received the Holy Spirit they began to tell others of the Good News about Jesus. So have your child share his cupcakes with others in the neighborhood and share the Good News with them.
2. Wind Sock Fun!
The Holy Spirit appeared as wind to the disciples. Grab a few simple supplies and help your child make a wind sock. Grab a sheet of construction paper and let your child decorate it with stickers, crayons and anything else he wants. Cut red, yellow and orange tissue paper into wide strips and glue them along the edge of the long edge of the piece of construction paper. Roll the paper into a tube and staple the 8-inch side together. Punch two holes into the end of the tube without the streamers. Tie strings to each of these holes and hang it outside so it can catch the wind.
3. Whirly Twirly
Help your child make a wind twirler that represents the Holy Spirit. Grab a large sheet of fun foam and cut it into a circle and then keep cutting in a spiral towards the middle. Let your child decorate the spiral with other foam shapes or stickers. Punch a hole at the end of the spiral and tie a string to the end. Let your child run around pulling the twirler behind him or tie it to a tree and let the wind twirl it around.
Thank you for sending your special helper, the Holy Spirit to be with us and help us, just like you promised you would. Help us listen to the Spirit’s leading and give us the courage to tell others about your goodness.
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