Objectives:The students will be able to
- retell the story Pentecost/Wind and Fire
- define ascension
- explain why Jesus sent the Holy Spirit and who the Holy Spirit is
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards: (show picture cards that we have done thus far)
Vocabulary Words: (Write the bold words on the board and discuss with class)
Ascension- Jesus’ return to heaven Holy Spirit- the third person of the Blessed Trinity who Jesus sent to help his Church Pentecost Sunday- the day the Holy Spirit came. Blessed Trinity- the three divine persons in one God. Mount of Olives- outside Jerusalem, which is the capital of Israel and holy city of the Jews (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map). Holy Spirit- third person of the Blessed Trinity, understood as the spiritual force of God Heaven- where good people are believed to go after death, where God and the angels live Pentecost- a Christian festival celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter to remember and honor the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. Jewish festival of Pentecost (Shavuoth)- a Jewish festival held on the 6th day of Sivan, in May or June, and to remember and honor the Law being given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai.
Introduce story- Jesus saw his disciples many times. The first time was on the road to Emmaus, and later suddenly, Jesus appeared in a locked room with them when they were afraid of the Roman rulers and chief priests. All believed but Thomas who finally believed that it was Jesus when he touched His wounds on His hands and feet. During the next few weeks, Jesus’ disciples and friends saw Him often.
This is the story about the last time that the disciples saw Jesus.
Story- "Wind and Fire" or a Pentecost story and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: Who was God going to send to the disciples? The Holy Spirit.
dltk-bible.com- Pentecost lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.
calvarycurriculum.com- The Day of Pentecost lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
kidsclubs4jesus.com- The Holy Spirit Baptism lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).
The Holy Spirit moves us to do God’s will (Holy Spirit mobile)- Here is a mobile that will encourage children to look further around for God’s presence in their life. Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson, page 224.
Introduce craft- What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.
noelnoelnoel.com- Festive Candle Holder
Cute, easy craft made out of a baby food jar and tissue paper. Tip: Make a mixture of half water and half glue in a paper cup.
Tongues of Fire Headbands Craft- Use card stock paper or cardboard to cut out flame shapes. Have the children paint them with water colors or glue red and orange pieces of tissue paper on it to make it look like flames. Use a strip of paper for the headband, fitting it to each child’s head and using a stapler to secure the headband. Attach the flames to the headband using the stapler as well.
Introduce game: What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.
Who Has The Fire?
Need: Orange construction paper balled up to be the fire.
Directions: The children sit in a circle close together. The child who is “It” stands away from the circle and hides their eyes while the fire is passed around. When “It” says "STOP!", the child holding the fire hides it (under their leg, up their sleeve, etc.). The child who is “It” guesses who has the fire. The child who had the fire is now “It”.
Listen Up- This game will help kids remember to listen for the Holy Spirit. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 105).
The Holy Spirit File Folder Game- Work your way around the board and answer questions about the Holy Spirit. For 2nd grade on up. There are a lot of choices and possibilities for this game.
Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Catholic)- Spin the spinner and follow the directions. If you spin “Leader’s Space” you may change places with the leader and put his marker where you were. Make your way around the board answering questions about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The first player to FINISH wins.
Introduce snack: Pentecost Sunday is 50 days after Easter. Jewish Pentecost was a thanksgiving feast for the first fruits of the wheat harvest and was associated with remembrance of God's gift of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. What is bread made out of? Let’s make some bread to celebrate Pentecost.
pflaum.com- A Great Event (Grade 7 – 8)
Supply the missing word in each of the following sentences. Then write each word in the puzzle. When you finish, the word formed in the violet box will tell you what great event in the life of the Church Pentecost helps us to remember.
Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)
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