Spirit Gives Us Power to
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Dear Lord, please give to the believing children power from the Holy Spirit whom your Father sent on the day of Pentecost. Help them to use this power to serve you and other people, and to tell their friends what Jesus has done for them.
Let an older child or teacher read or
relate by memory the account of Pentecost,
Note: This great historical event happened when Almighty God’s Holy Spirit came and gave to the followers of Jesus power to serve people and to tell them about Him.
After telling the story, ask these questions. [Answers appear after each question.]
· What things happened when the Holy Spirit first came? [See verses 1-4]
· Why were Jews visiting in Jerusalem amazed when the disciples spoke? [5-6]
· Who stood and explained to the crowd that the Holy Spirit had come? [14-16]
· What did Peter say that Jesus did after people put Him to death? [22-24]
· What did Peter tell the people to do, to be saved and receive the Holy Spirit? 
· What activities did the first Christians start to do together? [42-47]
2. Dramatize parts of the story of Pentecost.
· Arrange with the worship leader for the children to present this brief drama.
· You do not have to enact the whole story. The narrator can explain what you omit.
· Use part of your time with the children to prepare the drama.
· Let older children help prepare the younger ones.
or adults play these part:
children play these parts:
Jews (who came from many countries, listed in Acts 2:8-11: Parthia, Media, Elam, Mesopotamia, Cappadocia, Pontus, Galatia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, Libya near Cyrene, Rome, Crete and Arabia).
· If the group is small, then let the same children play the parts of both disciples and Jews.
first part of the story from Acts 2:1-13. Then say,
many lands were in Jerusalem celebrating the feast of Pentecost.
say) “I hear them speaking in my language. I am from Parthia.”
Narrator Tell the second part of the story from Acts 2, verses 14-24 & 36-40. Then say, “Hear what Peter says to the Jews in Jerusalem.”
approved of Jesus who performed many miracles.
the third part of the story, from Acts 2:41-47. Then say,
say) Now we love God.”
Narrator Thank everyone who helped with the drama.
3. If the children dramatize this story for the adults, then let them also ask the adults the questions that are listed above.
4. Let the children tell other examples of how the Holy Spirit helps believers live good lives, and to tell other people what Jesus does for them.
5. Draw a picture of a tongue of flame above a person’s head and let the children copy it.
Some of the children might like to copy or colour the picture found at the end of this lesson.
Let the children show their pictures to the adults during worship time, and explain that this illustrates how the Holy Spirit comes to live in us when we repent with faith and are baptized.
6. Memorize John 16:13. Older children might prefer to memorize John 16:13-15.
7. Poem. Let three children each recite one or two of the verses from Joel 2:28-32.
8. Let older children write poems or songs about the Holy Spirit’s coming and His work in our hearts.
9. Let an older child pray:
“Dear Lord, we thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to live in us. We want to use the power that he gives us, to live good lives and to tell other children about Jesus. Thank you for bringing us into your Body in congregations all around the world.”
More detailed drama, the Holy Spirit comes to live in believers at Pentecost, 5 minutes: