Week 5 objective: to learn that what Jesus did on earth, he did through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game about pouring something on somebody’s head.
You will need: water in a jug, a plastic cup and towels.
Encourage the children in your group to sit in a circle. Ask for a volunteer to be ‘It’. Pour a tiny amount (less than a ¼ of a teaspoon) of water into the plastic cup. Give the plastic cup to the volunteer.
Encourage ‘It’ to walk behind the children sitting in the circle; as they walk they should flick a small amount of water onto each child’s head as they say, ‘drip, drip, drip’. After a while they should say ‘drop’ and tip the remaining drop of water onto someone’s head.
The person who got the drop of water should then chase ‘It’ back to the space they have left in the circle. If ‘It’ is caught they should take a seat in the circle and the person who received the drop becomes ‘It’. If ‘It’ doesn’t get caught they are given the cup again with some more (a tiny amount!) of water.
Before the children sit in the circle explain what the game involves. If some children would rather not get wet (even if it is only a little) allow them to sit to one side, or, if they would prefer, allow them to put a towel around their shoulders while they participate.
Talk about - 6 mins
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children to handle the food used in this activity.
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, ground cinnamon, a small amount of olive oil, a small dish, a Bible, the ‘3 in 1’ symbol (see Printables), the ‘3 in 1’ symbol with descriptions (see Printables) and the ‘Jesus came to…’ signs (see Printables).
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper.
Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us learn more about who Jesus is.
Briefly recap what the children talked about in weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4. Quickly underline the reference and explain that this verse is from the book of Acts. ‘Acts’ was written by Luke. Find ‘Acts’ in a Bible and remind the children that Luke was writing about the Apostle Peter. Peter was talking about Jesus to a man named Cornelius. He said: ‘God gave Jesus of Nazareth the Holy Spirit and power. Jesus went about doing good deeds.’ Point to the verse as you read it aloud.
Quickly underline the word ‘Jesus’. Explain that there is One God and God is three (hold up three fingers) in One (hold up one finger). Show the ‘3 in 1’ symbol and explain that there is One God, three parts or Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Each of the three Persons is fully God. Jesus is God the Son. Jesus is fully God.
Quickly circle the phrase ‘Jesus of Nazareth’. Peter mentioned Nazareth where Jesus grew up to help Cornelius understand that Jesus was a man through and through. Remind the children that Christians believe it is right to say that Jesus is God but they believe that Jesus is fully human too. This is difficult to understand because only Jesus has ever been God and a man at the same time – Jesus wasn’t part man and part God; he was man through and through and God through and through.
Quickly underline the phrase ‘do good deeds’. It was important that Jesus was both fully God and fully human for him to do what he needed to do on earth. Remind the children that Jesus came to do three things:
1. Show what God is like
2. Teach people how to live God’s way
3. Make a way for everybody, everywhere to become friends with God
Show the children the ‘Jesus came to…’ signs. Stick the signs alongside the verse.
Underline the phrase ‘God gave’ in the verse. Explain that instead of the word ‘gave’ some Bibles say ‘anointed’. ‘Anointed’ means to rub or smear something onto somebody. In the Old Testament kings and priests were anointed with special oil with spices added. Explain that in the Old Testament the oil was poured onto their head – it was smeared into their hair and ran down their faces. Pour a small amount of oil into the dish and allow the children to smell the cinnamon.
Talk briefly about the game and what it felt like to have a tiny amount of water poured onto your head. Ask the children what it might feel like to have oil poured on instead.
Explain that the first kings of Israel and the priests were anointed with the oil as a sign that they were chosen by the Holy Spirit. The oil was a sign that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. He would give help and power to them to do the jobs they needed to do.
Another way we could say this verse is ‘God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit… or he poured the Holy Spirit onto Jesus’. This verse tells us that the Holy Spirit gave Jesus help and power to do what he needed to do.
With older children you might like to dig deeper (see Printables) and spend time talking about why, if he was already God, did Jesus need the help and power of the Holy Spirit.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘Father Abraham had many sons’:
God gave Je-e-sus,
The Holy Spirit and power,
God gave Je-e-sus,
The Holy Spirit
And he went about doing good.