Sunday, January 22, 2017

22 January 2017

Toddler Class
Coach Dewi
Asst. 1 : Tessa
Asst. 2 : Ruth

Primary Class 1-3
Coach Iwan
(Asst. Shevica)

Primary Class 4-6

Coach Kent
(Asst. Joel)

A 12-week series bringing the children through the Book of Acts (chapters 1-10), with an emphasis on the Holy Spirit working to bring the good news of Jesus to everyone everywhere.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8



Prepare a gift box. Inside the box put the following items:
                    Paper heart
                    Family picture
                    2 flashlights, one with batteries and one without

Show the box to the children. Explain that we all enjoy receiving gifts and that inside this box are some gifts that God gives to everyone who believes in Him.

Unwrap the box and take out the paper heart. This heart represents the gift of God’s love for each of us.

Next, take out the Bible and tell the children that God’s word is an important gift because it tells us of who God is and what He has done for us.

Then, take out the family picture. Explain that it is a gift to be a part of God’s family because we can pray together, help each other in times of need, and have fun together.

Finally, take out the flashlights. Ask for two volunteers and give one flashlight to each. Have the children turn on their flashlights at the same time. Discuss with the children as to why one flashlight turned on and the other did not. Open the flashlights and show the children that one contained batteries and the other did not.

Explain to the children that these flashlights remind us of the gift of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, we have the power to live like Jesus boys and girls. When we do not have the Holy Spirit in our hearts, we do not have the power to live the life that God wants us to live.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Before Jesus went back to heaven, He told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for God’s gift — the Holy Spirit, which will give the disciples power to be His witness everywhere.

LESSON (Acts 2)
Not long after Jesus ascended to heaven, the day of Pentecost came.
Pentecost was a Jewish feast to commemorate the giving of the Law to Moses at Sinai.
Jews from many different countries would go to Jerusalem to bring gifts and offerings to God during that time.

Tongues of Fire
On the day of Pentecost, Jesus’ followers were all gathered in a house. Suddenly, a strong wind came from heaven and filled the entire place. Suddenly, they saw what looked like tongues of fire resting on each of them. They were filled with the Holy Spirit!

Song Suggestion: “The Pentecost Song” (sang to the tune of “Are you sleeping?”
 1. Flames of Fire, Flames of Fire
 2. Mighty Wind, Mighty Wind
 3. Holy Spirit’s coming, Holy Spirit’s coming
 4. With His power, with His power

Tongues of many Languages
Then, by the power of the Holy Spirit, they began to speak in other languages, telling of the wonders of God. Some of the Jews who were visiting from other countries heard Jesus’ followers talking. They were amazed to hear their own language being spoken. For example, Jews who lived in Greece heard the disciples speaking Greek; Jews who lived in Arabia heard the disciples speaking Arabic; Jews who lived in Egypt heard the disciples speaking Egyptian etc.

That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? Remember, the disciples were all fishermen or people with little education. And they were standing in front of so many people and telling them about Jesus.

Drunk before Dawn?
In fact, it was so unbelievable that some people thought the disciples were drunk.

But Peter stood up and spoke to the crowd. “These people are not drunk,” he says. This is actually part of a prophecy by the prophet Joel, where God promised to pour out His Spirit on all people.

Peter told the people about Jesus and all He has done for us on the cross. And that day, 3000 people believed and were baptized.

The Start of a New Covenant
The coming of the Holy Spirit was a mark of the New Covenant.


The LAW was given
The HOLY SPIRIT was given

3,000 died
3,000 saved

The Holy Spirit came and left whenever
The Holy Spirit came to live
He wanted to
in our hearts forever and ever.

When we believe in Jesus and receive His new life, His Holy Spirit comes to live with us forever.

We don’t always see the Holy Spirit like Jesus’ followers did — as tongues of fire over their heads — but He can still do amazing things!

Illustration suggestion: Hairdryer and Ping-Pong ball
Turn on the hairdryer and place the ball in the stream of air. Explain that just as we cannot see the air coming out of the hair dryer, we can see that it is helping the ball to float.

He gives us power to be Jesus boys and girls, so we can share Jesus’ love with everyone around us, near and far.

MEMORY VERSE (with actions)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8


CRAFT: Tongues of Fire
Have several pieces of red, orange, and yellow fun foam cut into the shape of flames. Have the pieces of each flame packaged together in a plastic baggie to make distribution easier. Then, have the kids glue the three pieces of the flame together, create headbands out of lengths of black cardboard, staple the flames to the headband.

Do teach the kids to explain to their parents and siblings when they are asked why they had flames over their heads (e.g. “Jesus gave me His Holy Spirit to live in my heart forever”)

Get kids to share and pray for the friends and family who do not yet know Jesus.
Bless each child and close in prayer.

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