‘May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. May God’s love and the Holy Spirit’s friendship be yours.’ 2 Corinthians 13:14

 
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Objective: To begin to think about what the Holy Spirit does.

Game - 6 mins
Aim: to play a game about the different roles people have.
You will need: ‘Jobs people do’ textboxes (see Printables).

Before the session cut out the textboxes. 

Ask for four volunteers. Encourage the remaining children to sit on the floor. 

The four volunteers should stand in a line one behind the other. There should be approximately 50 cm between each child. The first volunteer in the line (child ‘number one’) should stay facing forwards; the other three should turn around so that they have their backs to ‘number one’. Show child ‘number one’ a textbox. Explain that when they are ready they should turn around and tap child ‘number two’ on the shoulder. ‘Number two’ should then turn to face ‘number one’ and ‘number one’ should act out the role of the person written on their textbox. For example if ‘police officer’ is written on the textbox they might pretend to handcuff child ‘number two’, or direct the traffic. Child ‘number two’ should then immediately turn around, tap child ‘number three’ on the shoulder and repeat the ‘sketch’. Finally child ‘number three’ should repeat the sketch for ‘number four’. Child ‘number four’ should then try and guess  the role being acted out.  If they guess correctly give all four volunteers two points; if number four's guess is close, but not entirely correct the group could be given one point each. 

Repeat the challenge with a different set of volunteers. At the end add up the scores to find the winners. 

Talk about - 7 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, the ‘3 in 1’ symbol (see Printables), the ‘Holy Spirit arrow’ (see Printables) and the ‘How to remember the two main things’ prompt sheet (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 the Holy Spirit.  Quickly remind the children that the Bible teaches that there is one true God, three parts; God is three in one. Refer to the ‘3 in 1’ symbol as you explain that the parts of God are called Persons. The three Persons of God are God the Father, God the Son (whom we call Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. Each of the Persons is fully God. The Bible teaches that each of the Persons is real and living. They are good, powerful and wise. They are loving, joyful and peaceful. The three Persons are so perfectly joined they are one. There is one God and he is three in one. Hold up one finger, then three fingers then one again. 

Underline the phrase ‘the Holy Spirit’. Remind the children of the game they have just played and talk about the roles they acted out. Talk about the different things people do and how they help in our communities. Ask the children what they think the Holy Spirit does. Talk about why they think God has given Christians his Holy Spirit. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively. Explain that the Holy Spirit helps people - the Holy Spirit helps Christians live God's way. 

Briefly explain that Christians believe that living God's way is the greatest way they could possibly live. Christians believe it feels right to live God's way because they believe it's the way they were created to live. Living God's way is about two main things: loving God and loving others (draw two hearts next to the verse). If you have time remind the children how to remember ‘the two main things’ by working through the prompt sheet – see Printables.

However the Bible teaches that without God's help it is impossible for people to live his way - it’s just too difficult, people keep making mistakes and getting things wrong. In fact there is only one person who has lived God’s way day after day – that person is Jesus. When Jesus lived on earth he never did anything wrong; he always lived in a way that pleased God. Jesus always loved God (circle the first heart) and always loved others (circle the second heart). The Bible teaches that Jesus showed people the perfect way to live.

So how do Christians live God's way? God knows exactly what people need. He knows exactly the help and guidance Christians need to live his way. God knows about people's difficulties and troubles and he has the perfect answer… God’s answer is the Holy Spirit. God gives Christians the Holy Spirit to help them live his way. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit helps Christians to become more like Jesus. Christians understand that by learning and growing to be like Jesus they will learn and grow to live God's way. 

Spend some time talking about how the Holy Spirit helps Christians. Christians believe the Holy Spirit comes alongside to teach and guide. They believe the Holy Spirit works in their lives changing them from the inside-out to become more and more like Jesus; to be more peaceful, patient and kind. As the Holy Spirit helps Christians become more like Jesus, more and more they are able to live God's way.

Christians believe that each day the Holy Spirit helps millions of people around the world become more and more like Jesus so they can learn and grow to live God’s way, the way God created them to live.

With older children you might want to dig deeper (see Printables) into the topic of the Holy Spirit and how he helps Christians live God’s way.

Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘Oh My Darling, Clementine’ (‘Found a Peanut’).

    Verse 1
    May the grace, x2
    May the grace of Jesus Christ,
    May the grace, x2
    May the grace of Jesus Christ,

    Verse 2
    May the love, x2
    May the love of Father God,
    May the love, x2
    May the love of Father God,

    Verse 3
    May the friendship, x2
    May the friendship of The Spirit,
    May the friendship, x2
    May the friendship of The Spirit,

    Verse 4
    Be with each of you, x2
    Be with each of you today,
    Be with each of you, x2
    Be with each of you today.

If you have more than six children you could divide them into three groups, allocate one of the first three verses to each of the groups and encourage them to sing all the verses at once. Finish with everyone singing verse four together.

 
 
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