Over the next two weeks in Sunday Club we are going to be looking at what happened at Pentecost. This week we will focus on what happened when the Holy Spirit came and next week we will see how the people responded.
Activity – Guess the language
Below we have the word ‘hello’ in a number of different languages. Can you work out what all the different languages are?
- Nǐ hǎo
- Guten Tag
The answers can be found here.
Bible Reading – Acts 2v1-13
Read this passage from the Bible together either as it is written in the NIV bible below or from a children’s bible:
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
This video reminds us of what is going on at this point in the Bible story:
Questions to think about
Here are some questions to think about. The verses the answers are found in are given in brackets.
- What was the day called when these things happened? (1)
- Who was gathered together? (you may need to look at chapter one to work this out!)
- What did they hear? (2)
- What did they see? (3)
- What were they then filled with? (4)
- What were they able to now do? (4)
- Who else was staying in Jerusalem at the time? (5)
- What did they hear? (6-8)
- Can you list all the different places these people came from? (9-11)
- What did they hear the disciples declaring? (11)
- Can you remember what Jesus told them the Holy Spirit would give them the power to do? (Chap 1:8)
- How do we see that happening here? (11)
- How did the people listening at the time react? (12-13)
In this passage we see the Holy Spirit being given. Jesus had promised they would be given the Holy Spirit after he went up to heaven. The Holy Spirit came in a very dramatic way on this first occasion and enabled the disciples to speak in other languages so that the people who were there were able to hear what they were saying in their own language. Jesus had told the disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit to give them the power to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. We start now to see that happen, firstly in Jerusalem where they are at this time. If we trust in Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit too.
- What difference did the Holy Spirit make to the disciples?
- How might the Holy Spirit help us today?
Listen and sing along to this song together which reminds us of what the apostles’ task was:
You will need:
- Colouring pens/pencils
- Sticky tape
1. First cut two strips out of a piece of cardboard
2. On one of the pieces write out verse 4 from the passage: ‘All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.’
3. Draw a picture of a flame on another piece of card
4. Colour this in
5. Now assemble all your pieces into a hat to wear, taping the two strips together to fit around your head and attaching your flame in the middle at the front.
Father God, thank you that you sent the Holy Spirit to the first disciples so that they could spread the good news about Jesus to other people like us! Thank you that if we trust in Jesus, we too have the Holy Spirit to help us talk to others about Jesus. Amen