338_God's Spirit comes (Blow-paint flames)

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Acts 1-2.
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 384


Setting the scene and a starter question_3 mins 
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about ‘The Early Church FlashCards’ card one 

Question: Which of these words would you use to describe the sound of a jet plane? Roaring… banging… booming… zooming… whooshing… thundering… screeching… blasting? Did you know that the sound of a jet plane is one of the loudest sounds ever made? Would you use the same words to describe the noise of a rushing wind?


Tell the story with props_4 mins
Click on the images at the beginning of this post for Bible-images from the web.

  • Pictures of a field of wheat from a library book or the internet (beware of copyright regulations)
  • Tongues of fire (see Printables)
  • Holy Spirit arrow (see Printables)
  • ‘Whatever can have happened to them?’ speech bubble (see Printables)

Clarify that the flame shapes in the story were safe; they were not hot and didn’t hurt anybody.  Remind the children that they must not play near fires and never touch matches or lit candles.


Story Activity_6 mins
Option 1_Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2_In the bag
You will need: A bag that the children cannot see through, post-it notes, a French-English dictionary, a towel or tablecloth and four or five small items such as a pen, a cup, a phone, a hat and a sock.

1. Write the names of the items in French on the post-it notes and stick them to the relevant items.
2. Place the items on the floor or table in front of the children. Tell the children what the items are called in French.
3. Ask the children to repeat the French names back to you.
4. Cover the items with the towel then place one item in the bag. Keep the bag under the towel while you place the item in it.
5. Remove the towel and ask the children to tell you in French the name of the item in your bag. Help the children by saying the first letter of the word if they are struggling to remember it. 

Option 3_If you would prefer, put together a PowerPoint presentation – paste a selection of pictures on to a slide with the French name for the items alongside. On the second slide paste all the same pictures except for one. The children need to tell you in French which item is missing. Beware of copyright regulations when using pictures from the internet. 

Option 4_Invite somebody from your congregation to speak about a time when they felt guided and/or helped by the Holy Spirit. Make sure the arrangements for inviting a guest to your setting complies with your church’s policies and procedures. 


Reflective prayer_2 mins  
Father God we picture the disciples praying and praying as they waited for your Holy Spirit to come. We imagine the tremendous noise, like a rushing wind, as your Spirit arrived.

Father God, we thank you for your wonderful Holy Spirit. Thank you that your Holy Spirit comforts, teaches and guides. 

Father we thank you that the Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out. We thank you that, with the powerful help of the Holy Spirit, people all over the world are learning and growing to live the way you created them to live - to be more like Jesus, more peaceful, patient and kind.  Amen 


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Blow-paint flames

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You will need:
A flame-shape template (see Printables)
Red, yellow and orange washable poster paints
Aprons, newspaper and a floor covering
Drinking straws
Small dishes to mix paint in
A small jug of water
Glitter and newspaper (optional)


How to make blow-paint flames:

1. Print or photocopy sufficient templates for one per child.
2. Put some paint into the dishes, keeping the colours separate. Add a tiny amount of water to each dish to make the  paint slightly runnier.
3. Make sure the children are wearing aprons and the floor and tables are protected. 
4. Encourage the children to put small blobs of paint onto their flame shape using a teaspoon.
5. Show the children how to place the end of their straw close to the paint and blow to make a spiky paint shape. Make sure the children know to blow, not suck.
6. After a while introduce different paint colours until the flame is covered in red, yellow and orange spiky shapes.
7. Place the flame shape on a piece of folded newspaper. Sprinkle the shape with glitter. Tip the excess glitter onto the newspaper. You should be able to carefully transfer the excess glitter from the folded newspaper back into a container.
8. Leave the flames somewhere to dry. If there is time, create some more flames.
9.  When the flames are dry display them on a board or propose they are temporarily placed around the church building as a reminder of the Day of Pentecost.


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