Week 2 objective: To understand that the Bible teaches that there is one God and that God is three in one.
Game - 4 mins
Aim: to play ‘Bring me’ and to hear the number ‘one’ over and over again.
You will need: a list of suggested items to ask the children to bring to you (see Printables).
Divide the children into two teams. Explain to the children that you’re going to ask for a number of items, one at a time. The first team to bring you what you have asked for gets one point. Read out the items from the list one at a time. Give the children plenty of time to bring you the item. Continue to play the game until all the items have been requested. The team with the most points wins.
Talk about - 8 mins
You will need: ‘3 in 1’ symbol (see Printables), ‘3 Persons’ textboxes (see Printables), a whiteboard, a big sheet of paper, sticky tac and marker pens.
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper. Cover the verse with a sheet of paper. On the paper draw a large circle. If you don’t have a whiteboard use two sheets of paper.
Ask the children how many socks you asked for, how many shoes you asked for, etc. The children should give you the answer ‘one’. Tell the children that there is one true God. Throughout the Old Testament we hear over and over again that there is one God. The Bible tells us that there has never been more than one true God and there will never be more than one true God. The Bible tells us that this one true God created the heavens and the earth; he is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; he rescued the Israelites from Egypt and gave them their own land, then spoke to them through his prophets.
Then, in the New Testament we begin to see more clearly that this one true God has three parts: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. We know there is one God but we understand that God is three in one. Divide the circle you have drawn on your paper into thirds and place the text boxes in the circle as shown by the ‘3 in 1’ symbol. Point to the circle and explain that there are three parts but there is one circle.
Spend a short time talking about the ‘Three in One’ of God. For some children this may be a reminder, for others this may be the first time they have talked about the Trinity. Refer to the symbol as you explain that there is one God (hold up one finger), three parts (hold up three fingers). Point to the ‘3 in 1’ symbol and explain that although this ‘picture’ might help us to understand that God is three in one it is not a perfect picture because there are things about God that it doesn’t show. Here are three things the picture does not 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 in one (hold up one finger, then three fingers and then one).
Remove the sheet of paper with the circle on it to reveal the verse. Underline the phrase ‘the Holy Spirit’. Explain that this verse is telling us about the Holy Spirit, one of the Persons or parts of God.
Song - 3 mins
To the tune: ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’
[The]* | Helper | is the Holy | Spi | rit,
The | Father will | send Him in My | pla | ce,
He’ll | teach you | everything and | help | you,
Re | member | everything I’ve | taught.
*Add another beat as if singing ‘Oh, what a friend we have in Jesus’.