Objective: To remind the children that God is three in one.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game where the children hear the words ‘one’ and ‘three’ repeated over and over again.
You will need: two buckets, four bean bags, masking tape ‘one’ and ‘three’ signs (see Printables) and sticky tape.
Stick the ‘one’ sign to one bucket and the ‘three’ sign to the other bucket. Stick a strip of masking tape to the floor. At a distance of approximately 1.5 m from the strip of masking tape place the bucket with the ‘one’ sign attached. Behind this bucket place the bucket with the ‘three’ sign attached. Make sure there is a distance of at least 10 cm between the two buckets.
Explain that the children are going to take turns throwing the bean bags. They will need to stand behind the masking tape line and throw one bean bag into the ‘one’ bucket then throw three bean bags into the ‘three’ bucket.
When a child has thrown all four bean bags, whether the bags have landed in the buckets or not, it is the end of their turn and the next player should stand behind the tape ready to have a go.
Encourage the rest of the group to shout ‘one’ as the players try and throw the bean bag into the ‘one’ bucket and to shout ‘three’ as they try to throw the remaining bean bags into the ‘three’ bucket.
Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: ‘3 in 1’ symbol (see Printables), ‘3 Persons’ textboxes (see Printables), a whiteboard, one or two big sheets of paper (see below), sticky tac and marker pens.
Before the session write the verse on a large sheet of paper or whiteboard. Cover the verse with a second sheet of paper. On the top sheet draw a large circle.
Talk about the numbers in the game: ‘one’ and ‘three’. Ask the children if they know why these numbers are important when talking about God. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively. Christians believe there is one God (hold up one finger), three parts (hold up three fingers). Christians describe God as ‘Three in One’. Show the ‘3 in 1’ symbol. Divide the circle you have drawn on the paper into three and place the textboxes in the circle as shown by the ‘3 in 1’ symbol. 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 three fingers and then one).
Remove the sheet of paper with the circle on it to reveal the verse. Underline the phrase ‘my Spirit’. Explain that last week we learnt this verse was a message from God to Zerubbabel. God’s message was that Zerubbabel would finish the Temple not by his own might nor by his own power but by God’s Spirit. The Spirit God was speaking about was the Holy Spirit, one of the Persons of God. Remove the ‘Holy Spirit’ textbox from the circle and place it above the word ‘Spirit’ in the verse.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘Oh when the saints’
It’s not by might
It’s not by power
It’s by My Spirit says the Lord
It’s not by might nor by power
It’s by My Spirit says the Lord.
For simple actions: as you say ‘might’ punch the air with your fist, as you say power flex your arm muscles and as you say 'My Spirit' hook your two little fingers together in front of you (this is British Sign Language for finger spelling ‘S’).