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Kids 4 Christ Sermon Ideas

Pentecost Sunday (year c)

 . . . prayers . . . jokes . . . object lessons . . . devotions . . .


Date: 06 Jun 2000

Message

Here are a few Pentecost ideas I've used in years past. I offer them in hopes that someone will give me a new idea in exchange!!

Red balloons (you will need red balloons and some adult helpers). Tell the children how Jesus left his disciples on Ascension. They were lonely and afraid -- maybe they felt empty inside, just like this empty balloon. But Jesus promised he would send them a comforter (our kids like the term "special helper"). And on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit filled the disciples up with God's power (blow up a balloon). They didn't feel afraid or alone anymore, because they knew that Jesus would always be with them. (Get your adult helpers to blow up balloons and give one to each child).

Another idea: Pentecost is the birthday of the church. I brought a birthday cake, decorated with red candles. Told them the story of Pentecost, and explained why it is the church's birthday. We lit the candles and remembered the Spirit flames, then blew out the candles to remember the rushing wind. Then we ate cake.

The Pentecost story is really good with sound effects. Practice making rushing wind sounds, crackling fire sounds (wiggle your fingers above your head to show the flames), and encourage the congregation to make as much noise in as many different languages as they can (in our congregation, that is a lot of languages!). Once you've practiced the sounds, tell the Pentecost story, cuing the children and congregation to make the sounds at the right place.

Janet in MD


Date: 09 Jun 2000

Message

Janet,

I really appreciated your stories. I wish I had some to add. I have been going through my usual resources and putting my imagination to the test, but nothing has really come up. I think I am going to use the birthday cake idea.

Alex in Ohio


Date: 10 Jun 2000

Message

Here is a variation of Janet's first kids talk:

Pentecost Sunday

props: red balloons

Pastor Frank: Good morning kids, today I want to tell you the story of the birthday of the church (Pentecost). Last week we heard that Jesus left the disciples by going up into the sky. How do you think the disciples felt? Sad? Alone?

The bible suggests they were even a little afraid. It tells us that they were all meeting on that day. So they all huddled together, kind being afraid (confirmants act out the story, they huddle together). But then, suddenly, there was a loud noise (someone blow into a microphone for sound effects). And they were surprised (confirmants looking around and up and acting confused). And suddenly they were filled with the Holy spirit, with God’s power and excitement (confirmants pretending to excitedly talk to each other). And then they started to go out of the house and to talk to the people in the street (confirmants going out into the congregation).

They were no longer afraid. They were full of the power of God. And that day 3000 people became Christians and joined the church.

Fun Part

The Holy Spirit is often compared to wind or air in the bible. And this morning I thought I would demonstrate how much of a difference air can make if it gets inside of soemthing. Distribute red balloons. Ask kids to try to float the balloons (without the air). Doesn’t work. Comparison: Christian don’t work right without the spirit of God.

Have confirmants help with blowing up balloons. And have them float the balloons again. What a difference!

Prayer


Date: 10 Jun 2000

Message

I think this is where I'm headed tomorrow:

When the kids first come up, I usually chat with them a bit about their week, what toys they are carrying, etc. This Sunday, I'll start with my usual chit-chat, but I'll be speaking German instead of English. I'll keep it up long enough to get blank looks from the children (none of our kids speak German) and then...

Did you understand me? No? That's because I was speaking a different language. I wasn't saying anything very important, but what if I had something important to tell you, but I couldn't speak your language? That would be a big problem!

The disciples had a problem like that. They were mostly from Galilee -- they all spoke the same language, and they all pretty much even had the same accent. But Jerusalem was a very international place in those days. The Bible tells us that there were people there from all over the known world -- people from North Africa and Spain and Persia and all over.

Remember last week when we talked about Ascension? Jesus told the disciples to be his witnesses. That meant they were supposed to tell everybody about Jesus. But how were they supposed to do that when they only spoke their own language? It would be like me trying to tell you about Jesus in German, when you only spoke English!

That's where today's story comes in. Remember how Jesus promised that he would send somebody to help the disciples? Well, today is Pentecost, which is the day the Holy Spirit -- the helper Jesus promised -- came to the disciples. See, the disciples were all gathered together. They heard a big rushing wind sound (make sound). Then they all had flames over their heads, but their hair didn't even get a little bit burnt up. Then the really amazing thing happened -- the disciples started to tell about God IN LANGUAGES THEY HAD NEVER KNOWN BEFORE. People passing by in the street stopped to hear. An Arab person might have walked by and heard Arabic. A Greek would have heard Greek. A Syrian would have heard Syrian. All the people in Jerusalem that day could hear the story of Jesus in their own languages. That wasn't because the disciples were clever and could speak lots of languages. They couldn't! The Holy Spirit gave them the words. It was Holy Spirit power, the power that Jesus had promised he would send!

The Bible tells us that 3000 people became Christians on that first Pentecost, so that's why we celebrate Pentecost as the birthday of the church. And the Holy Spirit is still with us today, and can help us do things for God that we cannot do on our own.

Janet in MD


Date: 2/5/2003

Message

ELIJAH AT MT. CARMEL


Date: 2/5/2003

Message

ELIJAH AT MT. CARMEL


Date: 2/5/2003

Message

ELIJAH AT MT. CARMEL


Date: 3/15/2003

Message

god will except anyone who honours him you dont have to go to church to go to heven you just have to believe in god although going to church is recmended. pray this ...... lord ,help me become a follower of you i want to live with ypu in your holy place i scaerfice my life to you because you gave me the air i breath you brought me into this world and you can take me out ,Amen


Date: 4/24/2003

Message

object lesson on the fruit of the spirit


Date: 6/6/2003

Message

One that I have used is to make cupcakes and put a candle on each one. On the one I am holding I put a re-lighting candle. I talk about Pentecost as the birthday of the church, have the kids sing "Happy Birthday" to the church and then blow out the candle. It re-lights. I blow it out again. Repeating this a couple of times, I finally say that the Holy Spirit stays lit, alive in the church. I give each child a cupcake to take home.


Date: 6/6/2003

Message

For the children's sermon this Sunday, I am going to have a candle in a clear plastic cup-type drip protector (I received a sample one in the mail.) I have sealed off the hole in the bottom by sticking the bottom of the candle through a piece of clear plastic...it's snug around the candle, but still prevents air from getting into the cup from the bottom. When I light the candle in this cup, it shines brightly, but when I place a coffee mug above it so that the mug meets the top edge of the cup, the fire within gradually loses its oxygen and goes out.

I'm going to use this visual aide to illustrate the song, "This little light of mine," and how the light God places within us in our baptism needs the breath of God's Holy Spirit to stay healthy and strong ("Hide it under a bushel"...and the light goes out). Yet even if our light does go out, God can and will re-light it for us.

Lots of directions we can go with this on Pentecost. --Ponderin' Pastor in IL


Date: 11/14/2003

Message

The First person who invented the first candle was the romans.


Date: 5/22/2004

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baptism


Date: 5/26/2004

Message

One of the miracles of Pentecost is that even though we all pray and sing to God in many languages, God understands us all. It is important that a variety of voices be heard today. Make arrangements ahead of time for people from within your congregation to read a portion of the readings in another language. Make sure you include men and women, young and old. Today is an even worth celebrating in the life of the church. Fill the sanctuary with red helium balloons and invite each child to take one home after the service.


Date: 5/29/2004

Message

pentecost


Date: 5/29/2004

Message

I plan to use balloons for a Pentecost Children's Time, but in a slightly different way. I hope to find balloons that have the message "Jesus saves" on them. I'm not good at blowing up balloons, so I want to ask individuals from the congregation to come up and help the children blow their balloons up. Then, telling the children how the coming of the Holy Spirit is for the purpose of helping us get the message out to everyone, I'll invite the children to go down the center aisle, turn and face the congregation and let their balloon go, floating to whomever it goes to. A symbol for the Holy Spirit helping us to get the Good News out to everyone. Then, of course, I'll have extra balloons for children to take for themselves.


Date: 5/29/2004

Message

Pentecost idea

Make Fire Hats.

A cylinder of paper with a diamond shaped flame at the front and back. The children can colour the hats bright colours.

This works especially well if you have a child friendly Bishop around. (Thanks to Bishop Tom of Southwark Cathedral England!)


Date: 5/29/2004

Message

Teach them the song "Spirit of the Living God" with hand motions. Then you can "trick" the adults into doing it too, by asking them to join the children. (What we have to stoop to in mainline churches to get adults to move their bodies in worship!)

Here are the hand motions: Spirit of the living God - both hands reaching up Fall afresh on me - hands crossed over the heart (repeat) melt me - hands wiggle down mold me - hands form a ball or other shape fill me - hands turned up and rising use me - hands stretched out to the world Spirit of the living God ... as above

I taught the hand motions and explained them with just saying the words the first time (not singing). Then we did it with singing. Then I asked them if they thought the grown-ups could do it, (even though some grown-ups are scared to do things like that...). We did it with the grown-ups!!! And some of them actually liked it!!!

You can also add a verse "fall afresh on us". The hand motion is to put your hands on the shoulder of each person next to you, instead of crossed over your heart. It's not quite as poetic, but the sentiment is important.

God's blessings on your children. DGinNYC


Date: 5/29/2004

Message

Sorry - I didn't space the words to the above very well. I'll try again.

Spirit of the living God - hands reaching up

Fall afresh on me - hands crossed over the heart

(repeat)

melt me - hands wiggle down

mold me - hands form a ball or other shape

fill me - hands turned up and rising

use me - hands stretched out to the world

DGinNYC


Date: 5/30/2004

Message

Pentecost


Date: 5/30/2004

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pentecost