May 23, 2021

Why Do We Say Good Night?

By Champ Thornton

Psalm 4:8

In peace I will lie down and sleep.

Lord, you alone keep me safe.

"I'm trusting you, God. YOU are good!"

Preschool Series - COMMUNITY

In this series, children will learn that they are a part of the church, and that they matter in it! Children will be reminded that Jesus is Lord and he loves them, and he has a place for them in his church.

The church : Paul and Barnabas

Retell the story about the first church!

Use the pictures and script below to retell the story of the very first church

Wk 4 - Story Characters.pdf

Jesus’ followers met together and got along with one another. They were the very first church! [hold up crowd of Jesus-followers] They spent their time telling others about Jesus. [hold up Jesus]

They shared everything they owned, including their food. [hold up people eating together] Because they shared so well, everyone had what they needed. [hold up bread and fish]

If anyone needed money, the very first church sold what they had to help. They gave the money to the leaders who helped whoever needed it. [hold up money] That way, everyone had enough to eat, clothes to wear, and a warm place to sleep.

One of the followers of Jesus was a man named Barnabas. [hold up Barnabas] His name means “son of help.” He helped by selling a whole field that he owned! [hold up field] He brought the money from the sale and gave it to the leaders to share with whoever needed it.

These followers of Jesus loved and cared for one another. Just like them, we can love and care for other people. Remember, we are the church together!

Sing and Dance!

Time to Colour!

Wk 3 - Pray - 2-3.pdf

Pray

“Dear Jesus, please help us share with others just as Barnabas shared his money from selling his field. Amen!”

Big Idea: We are the church together.

May Series: ACTS - RADICAL

Radical can mean awesome and amazing. It can also mean something that has an impact so intense that it affects the very root of the thing. The triune God has a radical impact in our lives—so awesome and amazing—that it changes us at our very core. And that's radical.

When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIRV)

K - Grade 3

In this week's Life Story we see that negative self-talk was part of Mike’s life until he developed an intimate relationship with God. That connection with God and the Holy Spirit changed his life in incredible ways.

Conversation starters...

Who or what is the Holy Spirit?

How is the Holy Spirit connected to God and Jesus?

What do we call all three together? (the trinity)?

Big Idea: The Holy Spirit is a radical power.

The Holy Spirit is like a pinwheel!

Do you ever “hear” a voice in your head telling you to do something? For example, you may see someone who looks lonely at school and hear, “Go talk to them.”

What do you think that voice in your head is? Do you think it could be the Holy Spirit?

You will need a paper square, scissors, a straw, and a brad.

  1. fold the square from corner to corner (diagonally), then fold it the same way again.

  2. unfold the paper.

  3. cut along the fold lines, stopping just over halfway to the centre point.

  4. bring every other point into the centre of the paper and stick a brad through the points and into the straw. (cut a slit to make it easier)

You have just made a pinwheel!

Blown air moves the pinwheel without us being able to see it—but we know it’s there.

In the same way, we can’t see the Holy Spirit, but we can see that the Holy Spirit is a radical power in our lives!

Grades 4-6

Conversation starters...

Who is the most powerful person you know?

How is that person powerful? Is it their job or position? Is it their physical strength? Or is it something else?

How is the Holy Spirit powerful?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit arrived after Jesus returned to be with God. Even though Jesus lives in heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father, we have his Spirit with us here on earth. Sometimes we talk about Jesus “living in our hearts” but it is the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Among other things, he helps and guides us, gives us boldness to share about Jesus, and comforts us in our troubles.

Retell Acts 13:4–12

Draw a comic strip

Make a poster

Write a song, poem, or rap

Use symbols and actions instead of words (i.e., mime)

Discuss

What impact did the Holy Spirit have in today’s God Story?

The same Holy Spirit lives in those of us who are Christ-followers now.

What do you think that means for us?

We can listen to the Holy Spirit

What may God be calling you to do this week?

Start each day this week by praying...

“God, help me to hear your voice and obey your call in my life today.”

Big Idea: The Holy Spirit is a radical power.

Grades 7-9

Hangout

When you hear the words “Holy Spirit” what comes to mind?

What do you know about the Holy Spirit?

What questions or comments do you have about the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is Jesus’ presence with us, which arrived after Jesus returned to be with God. Even though Jesus lives in heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father, we have his Spirit with us here on earth.

Sometimes we talk about Jesus “living in our hearts” but it is the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Among other things, he helps and guides us, gives us boldness to share about Jesus, and comforts us in our troubles.

The Holy Spirit can be mysterious, even for people who have followed Jesus for a long time. But there’s beauty and intrigue in the mysterious!

Read Acts 13:4–12

Notice when the Holy Spirit is mentioned.

What role does the Holy Spirit play at this moment?

What can we learn about the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives from this passage?

Read Ephesians 1:19–20

What do you think this passage means?

What does it mean for your life today?

Huddle

Have you committed to following Jesus? If yes, the Holy Spirit lives in you!

If not, do you have any questions? Would you like to commit to following Jesus?

If the Holy Spirit lives in you, you have access to God in an amazing way. We can learn to hear his voice, rely on him, and trust him.

What’s one thing that you need to talk with God about this week?

Big Idea: The Holy Spirit is a radical power.