Week 2 objectives: to learn that God is Three in One and that the three Persons of God are God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to make shapes with a piece of string before making the shape of a triangle.
You will need: a long piece of string or wool. The length of the string will depend on the size of your teaching space. If you have a lot of children divide them into two teams and give each team some string.
Ask the children to take it in turns to ‘write’ the first letter of their name on the floor using the string. They will need to keep adjusting the string to form the letters. If the string is long enough you could ask older children to ‘write’ their initials. It is important that the string is not cut, so the letters will need to be joined up. If you have two teams challenge them to race against each other to ‘write’ the initials of somebody in their group.
With younger children you may prefer to ask them to make shapes rather than letters. You could ask them to make a square and a circle or even the shape of a carrot, a car, or an elephant.
After three or four attempts at making shapes/letters ask the children to make the shape of a triangle. If you have sufficient space leave the triangles intact while you talk about the verse.
Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, the ‘3 in 1’ symbol (see Printables) and the ‘3 in 1’ symbol with descriptions (see Printables).
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper and print and cut out the ‘3 in 1’ symbol. Ask one of the older children to quickly find the book of Acts in the Bible.
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 ‘week 1’. 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.
Underline the word ‘Jesus’. Ask the children to tell you something they already know about Jesus. Talk about some of the stories from the Gospels. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively. Add some things that they might not have thought about: Jesus is kind, loving, fun, interested in us, powerful. Write ‘God the Son’ next to the verse leaving space around the words to add a diagram. Tell the children that Jesus is God the Son. Explain that Jesus is called God the Son because he is God.
Explain to the children that Christians believe there is One God (hold up one finger), three parts (hold up three fingers). Draw a circle around the words ‘God the Son’. Draw the circle so that the words are towards the bottom left-hand-side. Divide the circle you have drawn into three as shown by the ‘3 in 1’ symbol. Write ‘God the Father’ and ‘God the Holy Spirit’ in the circle as shown. Explain that although this picture helps us understand that God is ‘3 in 1’, it is not a perfect picture because there are things about God that it doesn’t show:
1. Point to the three sections of the circle as you explain that the parts of God are in fact called Persons: the Person of the Father, the Person of the Holy Spirit and the Person of the Son whom we also call Jesus.
2. Point to the three sections again as you explain that each of the Persons is fully God. The Father is God, the Holy Spirit is God and Jesus is God.
3. In the circle there are lines between the three Persons, but in God the three are so perfectly joined that they are One. There is One God and he is three Persons in One.
Show the children the ‘3 in 1’ symbol with the descriptions. Read the text around the symbol to explain that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit work together, but each do different things.
Point to the triangle/s made out of string. Explain that for years people tried to find a way of showing what the ‘Three in One’ of God is like. People began to draw triangles because a triangle is one shape with three corners. But, just like our circle, the triangle doesn’t show everything about God. The ‘Three in One’ of God is difficult for us to understand because it is a wonderful mystery. The important thing to remember is that there is One God, and God is three (hold up three fingers) in One (hold up one finger).
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.