Pentecost

Scripture: Acts 2: 1 – 17 and 40 – 47

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Acts 2 or pages 462 – 463 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion: 

  • What 3 signs happened on the day of Pentecost?  There was a loud sound of rushing wind.  There were what looked like tongues of fire on their heads.  The disciples began to speak in other languages.
  • When the people in Jerusalem heard all the noise, what did they do?  They gathered around the disciples.
  • When they heard that they were speaking in foreign languages so that every foreigner there could understand them, what two things did they say? “What does this mean?”  and  “They have had too much wine.”
  • If you were there, do you think that you would have asked “What does this mean?”  or would you have said, “They have had too much wine.” ?
  • How many of the people believed the message and were baptized that day?  3,000
  • What did they do after that?  They met together every day for fellowship.
  • What did God do?  He added to their numbers every day.
  • Let’s give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit… 

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” 

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In some places in the world, Pentecost is celebrated with rose petals being thrown over the congregation, or origami doves being suspended over the congregation.  Worshippers may wave red fans or handkerchiefs or red balloons to symbolize the tongues of fire. Incorporate some of these in a church birthday party.

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Have the children make Tongues of Fire party hats.  Here is another similar idea with a flame template.

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Make origami doves.   Make a mobile out of them.

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This is a cute craft from Flame Creative Kids.

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Show this video by Dan Stevers.

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Here is a lesson plan from Ministry to Children that has some great ideas.

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Have the children make this pentecost pinwheel.   Or make this pentecost windsock.

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Share this children’s sermon or this sermon from Sermons4kids.

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Make theses Pentecost Spinners. (scroll down)

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Have the children do one of these worksheets from Calvary Chapel.   Or have them do have them do one of the worksheets from Sermons4kids (links at the bottom of the page).   Or have them do this worksheet from Sharon Whittaker.

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Here are some group activities and games or these from Sermons4kids.

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Have helpers do this puppet skit on the Holy Spirit.

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Make these wind twirlers from Danielle’s Place. (scroll down to Pentecost section)

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1  Color page #2     An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Sing “Father, I Adore You”

Father I adore you
I lay my life before you
How I love you

Jesus I adore you
I lay my life before you
How I love you

Spirit I adore you
I lay my life before you
How I love you

For older kids, play the song “The Wind Came Singing” by Wendy and Mary.  Discuss what the words mean.

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For snack time serve these flaming cupcakes  or these Holy Spirit Crackers.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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