This week is all about energy and the power that the Holy Spirit gives us.
In our Music Resource we will be thinking about how a helper with a positive attitude can make all the difference as we listen to a song from the Disney film Cinderella.
Our Picture Resource, along with some scripture from the prophet Isaiah, gives us an opportunity to think about how much we need energy and resources but also how powerful, and sometimes dangerous, they can be.
Our Action will get us thinking about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how we can share these gifts with others whilst our Video Resource will help us to consider what attitudes we should put our energy into as we listen one of Aesop’s fables.
Finally our Scripture Resource gives us the chance to think about Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples.
Throughout the week you should try to think about what you put your energy into and whether these are things that you are proud of. Think about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the help that Jesus has sent to each one of us.
If you would like to reflect on some more of the scriptures related to this topic then you can use some of the scripture references below.
Most of these are taken from Open Bible – you can use their Topical Bible Search facility to find lots more ideas! Just remember to change the Bible translation to ‘Good News Translation’ when you click on the link!
If you have found any pieces of scripture that you think link to our theme this week then please add them in the comments box below to share the Good News so that we can all enjoy them!
Pentecost is when the helper that Jesus had promised (the Holy Spirit), came down on the disciples at a time when they had been feeling afraid and disheartened.
Listen to this song from the classic Disney film, Cinderella to see how a helper who inspires others can make a huge difference.
How were Cinderella’s friends feeling at the start of the song?
What was the idea that they had?
How did they make a difference by their actions?
The Holy Spirit is a helper to all of us.
Through a moment of inspiration we can make a big difference to the thoughts, feelings and lives of those around us.
Think about how you can be a helper to others today and how you can bring inspiration to the tasks you do.
Click here for the Picture Resource
Read the scripture below and then take a few moments to reflect on what this scripture means for us in our lives.
Discuss your ideas with the people that you are sitting with.
Israel, the Lord who created you says,
“Do not be afraid—I will save you. I have called you by name—you are mine. When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you. For I am the Lord your God, the holy God of Israel, who saves you.
Isaiah 43: 1-3
Look at the pictures below.
Both of these pictures show sources of energy and they have lots of other uses too.
With the people around you make a list of the positives and negatives of water and of fire.
Unless we have water to drink and fire to keep us warm then we would not be able to survive for very long but water and fire can also be very powerful in a dangerous way.
In the scripture from the book of Isaiah we are reassured that we should not be afraid because God will save us – whether we need water and fire or, we need to be rescued from it, it is God who will provide for us and will protect us.
Thank you Lord for providing us with life-giving energy and resources.
Help us to stay safe and to respect the power of water and fire.
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Jesus gave this message to His disciples before He ascended into Heaven:
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.
John 14: 26
We are all filled with the Holy Spirit which gives us the gifts of:
Awe and wonder
Talk in small groups and think about what all of these gifts are.
As we all have the Holy Spirit within us we should share it, just as we share God’s love for us.
Create a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It could be a tongue of fire, it could be a gust of wind or it could be a dove.
Decide who you will share the Spirit with. You could do this with others in your Class or you could share it around the whole school or even your family and friends outside of school.
Once you have decided write some special words onto the symbol that you have created. You might like to choose your favourite bit of scripture so that you are sharing the good news like the disciples did or you might want to write a message which shares some knowledge or wisdom with others.
When you have finished pass your symbol of the Spirit on so that it is shared with others. Remember that all of your words and actions are an opportunity to share the Spirit with others.
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When we think about energy today it is often about using the best type of energy and saving our energy so we can make it go further.
In today’s video we will hear one of Aesop’s fables. These stories were written to give a clear message so listen carefully and think about what message you think the story is giving.
What message did you get from the story?
Can you think of a time when you have behaved like the wind in the story?
Can you think of a time that you have behaved like the sun in the story?
What scripture do you know that gives the same message as this story?
How will you use your energy from now on?
Please help us Lord to use our energy to be warm and kind people.
Please give us the wisdom to learn from the example of others.
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Read the scripture below and then watch the video to explore Pentecost in a bit more detail.
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world. When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages. In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, “These people who are talking like this are Galileans! How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages? We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia, from Phrygia and Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene. Some of us are from Rome, both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism, and some of us are from Crete and Arabia—yet all of us hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has done!” Amazed and confused, they kept asking each other, “What does this mean?”
Many miracles and wonders were being done through the apostles, and everyone was filled with awe. All the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed. Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. And every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.
The Word of the Lord.
(Thanks be to God.)
Acts 1: 1-12 , 43-47
Talk to the people near you and share your thoughts and reactions to the story of Pentecost.
Is there anything that surprises you about what happened?
What difference do you think the Holy Spirit made to the disciples?
What do you think we can learn from the disciples and how they lived their lives after they were filled with the Holy Spirit?
What do you think we are celebrating on Pentecost Sunday?
Thank you Lord for sending us a helper to make us brave and inspiring people.
Please help us to speak to others in ways that they can understand so that we can share the good news about your love.