May 26

Session Titles: The Holy Spirit Helps Us Pray

Life Point: The Holy Spirit helps Christians pray

Unit Bible Verse: “Everything you pray and ask for – believe that you received it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Weekly Bible Verses: “The Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should.” Romans 8:26

Bible Passage: Romans 8:18-30

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

Object Lesson: Holy Spirirt
This blog has a great illustration to help kids understand the Holy Spirit as well as the trinity.
http://tothemoonandbackblog.net/2014/09/h-holy-spirit.html

Craft: Pinwheel
Make a pinwheel and talk about the wind to help the children understand how we cannot see the holy spirit but we know he moves and is among us. The website below goes into more detail about the craft and how to make the pinwheel.
http://ministry-to-children.com/spirit-pinwheel-craft/

Object Lesson: The Holy Spirit Gives Power
Materials:
Glasses of water
Salt
Egg
Spoon

Prepare:
Before class, fill two glasses with water. Mix a few teaspoons of into one of the glasses until the salt dissolves completely.

Before Jesus left earth for heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit filled believers and empowered them.

Let me explain how the Holy Spirit helps us. Place one egg into plain water. If the egg is fresh, it will sink in plain water. Watch the egg sink. Use a spoon to remove the egg from plain water. What do you think will happen when I place the egg in this second glass of water? Place the egg into the salt water. It will float.

Would you like to know how I did that? In this experiment, the first and second glasses look pretty much identical, but there is an important difference. I added salt to the water in the second glass. Salt makes the water dense so the egg floats.

The experiment helps us imagine what it was like for the disciples before and after the Holy Spirit came to them. At first, they had no power to what Jesus commanded them. After the Spirit came the disciples probably looked about same, but they had power they did not have before  – The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps Christians follow Jesus.

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