Lesson Title: The Holy Spirit at Pentecost
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
Our theme is SPIRIT

What’s happening in this story? 

When Jesus ascended, he promised the apostles the Holy Spirit so they could share the gospel with others.  They are not sure what their next step is – how do they go into the world to share the gospel?  That’s where the Spirit comes in.  But it’s not the “sweet,sweet Spirit” that the hymn describes; it’s a violent wind carrying in tongues of fire and giving people the ability to speak in foreign languages!  This story reminds us that God’s Spirit is active, moving, and powerful – something to be in awe of.  

What does this story mean for kids?

Kids will gloss over the hard words and wonder about literal interpretations in this story, like how there could be flames on people’s heads.  They might ask questions about what it feels like to have the Holy Spirit.  We might talk about a special feeling during prayer or a sense of something special we can’t quite put into words.  While these experiences point to the Holy Spirit, this text tells us that the Holy Spirit is God’s continuing presence, empowering us to follow Jesus.  

Why this theme?  

The theme of Spirit is quite abstract, and grade-school kids are largely concrete thinkers.  Help them understand the Holy Spirit as God’s presence surrounding them like a blanket or a hug, and filling them throughout their life – like breath or the water that makes up much of their body’s cells.  
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.