Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Filled with the Holy Spirit"

Scripture Reading:  Acts 2:1-21

BALLOON POPPING: Let all the children blow up a balloon and "who" can POP the balloon first, after the teacher says GO!

BALLOON FILLED ROOM: The teacher can have many balloons already blown up and in a separate room or designated area. When the teacher says GO, the children can begin stomping on all the balloons until all the balloons have been popped. Make sure the other classrooms in the church have been alerted that the balloon popping will occur during classtime!

BIBLE VERSE BALLOONS: Place one word from the Bible verse in separate balloons. Let children pop a balloon and when all the little pieces of paper with Bible verse words are "popped" out of all the balloons, let children tape or glue the words IN ORDER on a poster board with a large balloon tracing on the board. Let children color the big balloon after the Bible verse has been glued in order.

BALLOON AIR FUN: As the teacher tells the story, let children blow short breaths of air into their balloon and talk about being FILLED with the Holy Spirit. Then tell children that if we aren't FILLED with the Holy Spirit, then we'll be LIFELESS and let the balloons fly around the room until they all land on the floor without the air in them!

CRAFT STICK CHURCH: Give each child enough craft sticks to build and glue a church together. Children can pretend to BLOW air into the church as the HOLY SPIRIT breathed life into the church. Display the churches on a table for the children to pray for all the churches in our country to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit.

CHALKBOARD TESTIMONIES: Let children use various colors of chalk and write their names on the board as ones who want to tell OTHERS about Jesus. Tell children to draw their names inside a picture of a balloon that they draw with their chalk and attach all the balloons with strings to a LARGE CHURCH drawing in the middle of the chalk board.

UNSCRAMBLE WORD FUN: Give children separate letters or words to take out of each of their envelopes, provided by the teacher. The words will say BE ALL THAT GOD WANTS ME TO BE. The children can tape or glue the words in order on their own piece of construction paper and then cut out the balloon tracing and add a curly ribbon to the balloon. Let children hang their balloons around the room.

PILLOW CASE ART: Give each child a pillowcase and fabric pens to write BE ALL THAT GOD WANTS ME TO BE.,,, and decorate the rest of the pillow case with balloons to remind children of the Holy Spirit in their lives and to remember today's Bible lesson. (Remember to send a note home with the children for parents to soak the pillowcases in cold salt water to set the paints, before washing).

BONFIRE LESSON: Older children can enjoy their Bible lesson today around a small bonfire. As they take turns BLOWING AIR into the fire, they'll see the fire "come to life" and the teacher can share our lesson today on the Holy Spirit.

BALLOON SNACKS: Lead children to a designated area or have a garbage bag filled with balloons that EACH have a piece of candy, so that each child could get his own balloon and break the balloon and find the candy!

SING A SONG: JESUS LOVES ME, or I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS, or "Father, I adore you, lay my life before you, how I love you, JESUS...... and SPIRIT, I adore you, lay my life before you, how I love you...."

Song:  "Spirit of the Living God"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer

This song is in the public domain and may be freely downloaded and reproduced for religious or educational use by churches, schools, home schoolers, and other non-profit organizations.

About Carol Williams
Carol and her husband have been in the ministry for 35 years.  They have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and for the last 14 years in Indiana.  Carol loves to work with children so you will find her teaching in Junior Church and children's Sunday School.  She also has clowning ministry in which she is known as Bubbles tc (the clown).
 
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