We are Worshipping Warriors-Holy Spirit gives us power to share our faith in Jesus
This year our theme is “We are worshipping Warriors”. In order for our children be worshipping warriors they must have faith in Jesus as Paul did through the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 11 tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith. The theme for this month is “Spreading the Gospel !” The children will learn that we the Holy Spirit gives us the power to share our faith.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Video of sign language for memory verse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3AX_wiRPDI
Memory verses for this month:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
1.Acts is in the New Testament. It was written about the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the Apostles.
2. just as God directed the disciples through the Holy Spirit, he directs us.Acts 9:22
3. In order to let our light shine we must follow Jesus and share the Gospel as Phillip did.
4. When we share our faith with others many others will be saved.
This lesson contains stories coloring sheets and crafts
Build a Road
Have children make a path with the blocks and pretend to walk to the desert and then to the pool of water. Let one child pretend to be Phillip and another the Ethiopian as he teaches the Ethiopian about Jesus and baptizes him.
Have students tear up pieces of tissue paper and glue it onto the foot.
Games:Let’s play Blanket Ball. Each time we toss the ball into the air and catch it in the blanket, we will say a phrase of the Bible Memory Verse.
- Children stand in a circle holding the edges of the blanket.
- Place a ball or balloon in the center of the blanket.
- Together, the children quickly raise the blanket to toss the ball or balloon into the air.
- As the ball lands, lead children in saying a phrase of the Bible Memory Verse.
- Break up the verse:Go therefore/ and make disciples/ of all nations,
- Play several time
Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Teach them this song:
If You Love the Lord, Clap Your Hands
(Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you love the Lord, clap your hands. If you love the Lord, clap your hands. Let your life really show it,
And then others will know it.
(clap, clap) (clap, clap)
If you love the Lord, clap your hands.
If you love the Lord, stomp your feet…(stomp, stomp)
If you love the Lord, say, “Amen.”…(Amen! Fold hands.)
If you love the Lord, hug a friend… (hug someone)
If you love the Lord, do them all…
5-12 Year Olds Lessons
1. Introduce today’s activity: In today’s Bible Story, we are learning how God used Philip to meet the Ethiopian official and share God’s word with him. Philip helped the Ethiopian to understand the passage of scripture he was reading. The Ethiopian then understood the good news about Jesus—and he got baptized right away! Today our Scripture Memory Verse comes from the conversation between Philip and the Ethiopian.
- Show the children the Scripture Memory Verse on the back of this Lesson Card. Say it to them three times, pointing to the words as they listen. Ask them to say it together with you three more times.
- Divide the children into two groups. Line up the groups so that they are facing each other. Tell the children that they will take turns saying the verse in two parts.
• Have one group say the first half of the verse:“Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
• Have the other group reply with the second half of the verse: “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?”
• Have both groups say the reference together: Acts 8:30-31.
- Repeat this activity and then switch so that both groups say both parts of the verse at least five times.
Have the children sit in a semi-circle. Place two chairs in front of them and tell them that they will act out this verse as Philip and the Ethiopian. Choose one child to play the Ethiopian and sit in the chari- ot reading Isaiah. Choose a child to play Philip. Have Philip walk up to the chariot and say the first part of the scripture, as before. Have the other child reply with the second part of the scripture. Have all the other children say the reference together. Continue until all the children have had a chance to play at least one of these roles.
Ask the children how it makes them feel to know that God cared so much for this man from Ethiopia that he sent Philip directly to him. Explain to the children that there are many people in the world who haven’t been taught all of the good news of Jesus. God has a plan to use others like Philip and us to help people know how to be saved. Close with a prayer thanking God for how he uses people to help teach others about Jesus.
• Think of additional ways to enhance the “chariot” for this activity.
Games: Pick Up Sticks and Quick Draw
See Lesson Sheets Below:
phil and ethiopian worksheets
5-10 year olds Paul Cartoon movie
11-12 year olds -Paul Movie