Introductory Activity—Obedience Relay
No materials needed
Form several teams of five kids and take them to an open space. Tell the teams they will compete in a relay race, but each child must follow your instructions to win the relay. The team that finishes first will win! Say the Life Point together. Tell the kids they will hear about the Holy Spirit today.
Possible instructions for the relay: 1st child—skip; 2nd child—crab walk; 3rd child—walk sideways; 4th child—walk backward; 5th child – hop
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Game—Weekly Verse Scramble
Materials: printed copy of the Weekly Verse, scissors, envelopes
Before class, use a computer to print the Weekly Verse and make two copies. Cut the verse into individual words. Place each copy of the verse in its own envelope. Form two teams with your children. Print the Weekly Verse on a board and say the verse with the kids several times and erase it. Instruct the kids to take the words out of the envelope and put them in order. The first team to get them in correct order wins. Say the verse together.
Craft—Holy Spirit Windsock
Materials: paper plate, construction paper, scissors, glue, streamers, pencils
Hand out the supplies to your children. Instruct them to draw a simple dove on their construction paper and cut it out. Glue the dove to the paper plate. Instruct them to cut streamers of various lengths and glue them to the bottom of the plate. Encourage them to place this next to their window at home to remind them that the Holy Spirit is always with them to help them know what to do. Have everyone say the Weekly Verse together.
Introductory Activity—All of Our Helpers
Materials: whiteboard, dry-erase markers
Ask your children to list all the people who help them know how to live. Write their answers on the board. (Possible answers include teachers, parents, police officers, etc.) With each answer, ask, “How does this person help you know how to live?” Explain how these helpers can’t be with us all the time, but God has given us a Helper who is always with us to help us know how to live—the Holy Spirit. Say the Life Point together.
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Game—Paper Airplane Contest
Before class, search online for directions on how to make a far-flying paper airplane. In class, give a piece of paper to each child. Tell them you will provide instructions on how to build a paper airplane, and they should follow your instructions. After everyone has made their planes, allow everyone to throw their airplane down the hallway. The child whose plane flies the furthest wins! Remind the kids that you showed them how to make paper airplanes. Say that the Holy Spirit helps Christians know how to live a Christian life. Say the Weekly Verse together.
Craft—Holy Spirit Counselor
Materials: construction paper, markers
Give each child a piece of construction paper and markers. Explain that the Holy Spirit counsels Christians when they need help and shows us them what to do. Say the Life Point together. Instruct them to write the Life Point on the top of their paper and to draw and color a picture of what they believe it looks like for the Holy Spirit to guide a Christian needing help. Afterward, allow volunteers to share their pictures with the class. Remind kids that only Christians have access to the Holy Spirit. Let the kids know if they have questions about becoming a Christian, they can talk to you or ask their parents. Pray for the kids as they leave.