YouTube video - Acts 2 - Johnny Express


Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion on Pentecost in Acts 2

With the help of a secular YouTube video and creative activities we encourage the children to think about today's Bible story with the emphasis on dealing with disappointment.

Johnny Express delivers packages all over the universe. One day he has to deliver a tiny package to a tiny planet with his rocket. The inhabitants of this planet are so small that he flattens entire cities with his shoes without realising it. In the end, he unwittingly destroys the entire planet with the fire of his rocket, while he is satisfied that he delivered the package.

Important: This film is sometimes a bit exciting and sad. I think it is more suitable for older children.

Johnny Express

Why does this film fit in with today's Bible story?

Today, in the Bible story, we are dwelling on the coming of the Holy Spirit. In the video, the planet and its inhabitants are very small compared to the deliverer of the package. At Pentecost, the difference is even greater. Compared to the Holy Spirit, we are still much smaller. Just as with the delivery of the package, at Pentecost there is wind and fire. So much could have gone wrong, but the Holy Spirit comes with love, care and attention for us little people. Around this video we look at the contrast between the arrival of the delivery man in the video and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps:

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Experiment - Acts 2 - Filled with something from nothing...


A fun science experiment about the coming of the Holy Spirit in which the children see what happens when you are filled with something from nothing...

Filled with something from nothing science experiment and object lesson on Holy Spirit and Pentecost

What do you need:

- a transparent bottle
- a glass of cleaning vinegar with red liquid
- a balloon filled with baking powder
- a funnel

Preparation:

Use the funnel to put a few teaspoons of baking powder into the balloon in advance.
Dissolve a few drops of red food colouring in the cleaning vinegar so that it turns red.

What do you do:

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Object lesson - Acts 2 - Count those 1500 grains of rice...


In this object lesson we look at the enormous task that the disciples of Jesus had to tell the whole world about the Gospel. Through the coming and power of the Holy Spirit this great adventure began, but how great was this adventure really?

Count those 1500 grains of rice object lesson on Pentecost and the Holy Spirit 1

What do you need:

- two packs of rice (one pack is spare)
- large glass jar

What do you do:

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Object lesson - Acts 2 - Who is God?


At Pentecost we celebrate that the Holy Spirit has come. But who is the Holy Spirit? Is He the same as God? Is He God? What thoughts do the children have about this? How can we help children to think about this and express it to each other?

Fun object lesson on Pentecost and Holy Spirit Who is God

What do you need:

- All kinds of objects that you can use as symbols for God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit. You can think of the contents of your junk drawer. You can also collect specific objects: bottle of water, tea light, globe, windmill, dove, cross, hearts, key, play bread, circle, watch, etc.

What do you do:

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Object lesson - Acts 2 - Discover the fruit of the Spirit


At Pentecost we celebrate that the Holy Spirit has come to live in us and make us more and more like Jesus. The Spirit does this by, among other things, making nine different characteristics grow in us. In this activity we will discover with the children these nine characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit.

Object lesson in Galatians 6 verse 22 Discover the fruit of the spirit Pentecost

What do you need:

- mixed fruit salad, forks
- blindfolds
- an A4 sheet of paper and a pen for each child

What do you do:

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Prayer idea - Acts 2 - What do you want to receive from the Holy Spirit?

Encouraging children to talk/communicate with God.

Pentecost is the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit from heaven to live in us. He gives people strength, changes us, gives us gifts and helps us to become more and more like Jesus. We too may know that the Holy Spirit lives in us and wants to give us things.

Creative prayer idea on pentecost and holy spirit what do you want to receive from the holy spirit

What do you need:

- a flame for each child (download worksheet)
- pens
- scissors

Preparation:

Print out a flame for each child on sturdy A4 paper.

What do you do:

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Game - Acts 2 - Blown over - FREE

The believers hear the sound of a strong wind. It is the Holy Spirit turning their lives upside down. They are, as it were, blown over by the Spirit. For this game, you need an Airzooka. They are not expensive and will give you hours of fun!

What do you need:

- an Airzooka (you can order one here
- plastic cups

Watch a video about using the Airzooka here: 

Tell:
The believers hear the sound of a strong wind. It is the Holy Spirit turning their lives upside down. They are as it were blown over by the Spirit.

For our game today, we need an Airzooka. With this you can shoot a ball of air and blow over cups at a distance.

Do:
Place a number of pyramids with plastic cups on the table and let each child try a number of times whether they can knock the cups over.

Ask:
If you had been one of the disciples, would you have been blown away?
What blows you away about God? Or what do you find special about the Holy Spirit?

Do:
Let the children try again!

 

Game - Acts 2 - Build a LEGO car with a balloon engine - FREE

The Hebrew word for the Holy Spirit is 'Ruach', which means wind. The believers do not just hear the sound of a strong wind, but the Wind of God has come in them and on them. The Wind of God drives them to tell everyone about God. They 'race' out to tell everyone the Good News.

What do you need:

- lots of Lego to build Lego cars
- large balloons

What do you do:

Watch this video beforehand and make one or more examples so that the children can see what to make.

Do:
Have the children build a Lego car alone or in pairs, which is pushed forward by a balloon.
When everyone has made a car, let them race against each other in pairs.
Which car is the fastest?

 

Icebreaker - Acts 2 - How many different languages do we speak?


With an icebreaker you introduce the children at the beginning of the children's work to the theme in a introduction to the theme in a playful manner.

Today in our Bible story, the believers discover that they can suddenly speak in all different languages and tell everyone about the miracles of God in their own language.

 

Many pieces make up a puzzle Object lesson on Acts 4 early church unity

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Object lesson - Acts 2 - The torch without batteries

Just as the battery gives power to make the light shine, so the Holy Spirit gives us power to be a light and live the way God wants us to.

On the First Pentecost, all the believers in different languages go and tell all the people in Jerusalem about the miracles of God. In this way they shine with their light.
We too may shine with our light. Today we celebrate that the Holy Spirit has come to live in us. He wants to fill us with Himself each day anew, so that we may always let our light shine

 A short introduction to the Bible story, the purpose of which is to learn something together from the Bible story and which at the same time makes you curious about what is to come.

Many pieces make up a puzzle Object lesson on Acts 4 early church unity

What you need:

- flashlight
- batteries

What to do:

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Sunday school lesson - NT - Acts 4: The unity of the early church


Download the PFD booklet with eleven great ideas on this Bible passage

Are you looking for a Sunday school lesson on the Bible passage of Acts 4 on sharing together in unity?Sunday school lesson Isaiah dreams of peace ten ideas

We offer you the following eleveb creative ideas for your Sunday school lesson.

We understand that all these ideas are way too many to fit into just one Sunday school lesson, but we want to give you the opportunity to pick and mix, so that you can choose the ideas that fit with you and with your group of children.

Here are the following ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:

*  Many pieces make up a puzzle - a walk-in activity:
*  Who is richer? - a children's moment
*  Let’s swap - an icebreaker
*  Watch  the video ‘Catch it’ - a YouTube video and discussion
*  Blow those books over - a fun science experiment
*  Do you have a nickname? - a creative activity 
*  Do we always share everything honesty? - a creative activity
*  Give it away before the time runs out - a creative activity
*  The chocolate party! - a Bible game
*  Move the empty Coke can - a Bible game
*  The most precious thing I can give - a crafts and creative prayer ide

Download the PDF booklet with all these ideas

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Scripture reference: Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

Game - Catch that balloon in a funnel - FREE

The Hebrew word for the Holy Spirit is "Ruach," which means wind. The believers do not just hear the sound of a strong wind, but the Wind of God has come into them and on them. In this game we dwell on this.

What do you need:

- a number of inflated balloons
- a number of funnels

Catch that balloon in a funnel fun bible game on pentecost and holy spirit sunday school

What do you do:

Tell:
The Hebrew word for the Holy Spirit is "Ruach," which means wind. The believers don't just hear the sound of a strong wind, but the Wind of God has come in them and on them.
I have some balloons here. These balloons are also filled with wind, with my breath. Can you catch these balloons?

Do:
Take turns asking two or three children to come forward (depending on how many funnels you have).
The children hold the funnel with their right hand from below. With the other hand they put the inflated balloon on / in the funnel. Now they are not allowed to use their other hand.
They throw the balloon up with their funnel hand and then try to catch the balloon again.
How long does this go well? Who can do this the most number of times without the balloon falling to the ground?
After a few times, switch players so that everyone gets a chance.

Ask:
It is quite difficult to catch a balloon. Who knows what to do to get the Holy Spirit in and on you?