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 (NLT)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us God always keeps His promises:
1. Plates in the Wind
The Holy Spirit appeared as wind to the disciples. You can’t see the wind, but you can see the effect of wind, just like you can’t see the Holy Spirit, but you can see the impact the Holy Spirit has on someone. So, let your child sprinkle a few drops of different colored paint on a paper plate. Head outside and hold the plate in the air so the wind can blow the paint around. If the wind isn’t blowing, gently wave the plate back and forth to create wind. Take the plate inside to dry. Repeat again with several other plates. After all the plates have dried, punch a hole in the top of each plate. Tie varying lengths of ribbon to the plates. Lastly, tie all the ribbons together and hang it outside so the wind can blow it around.
2. Windy Walk
On the next windy day, take you child outside for a walk. Look around for things that the wind is moving such as flag blowing, tree branches swaying. Talk about how the Holy Spirt is always with us even if we can’t see it, just like we can’t see the wind, but we know it is here by what it does to the flag, leaves and branches. Discuss with your child about the disciples and the Holy Spirit using 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 after the Holy Spirit came on them?
3. Wind and Fire Wand
Grab construction paper in red, orange, blue and white along with a paper towel tube and some glue or tape. Have your child help you cut each sheet of construction paper in half. Leave about a one – two inch border around the bottom of the paper and cut long strips in each sheet of paper. Glue or tape the yellow and red sheets around the end of the tube. Along the other end, tape the blue and white. Have your child help you retell the story, using the wand as a prop.
Dear Jesus, 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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