Sunday School at Home for June 12

The Unseen Power

Theme: The Holy Spirit is our guide.
Scripture: John 16:12-15
Complete Supply List:
● A large piece of heavy cardstock
● A small metal car
● A powerful magnet (adult use only)
● “The Unseen Power” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Celery sticks
● Cream cheese
● Plates - 1 per child
● Napkins - 1 per child
● Plastic knives - 1 per child
● A paper heart

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● A large piece of heavy cardstock
● A small metal car
● A powerful magnet (adult use only)

Do This:
(Out of kids’ sight, place the car in front of the cardstock and the magnet behind the
cardstock, holding the car in place.)

SAY: I have something really cool to show you this morning. Are you ready? (Pause
for children to respond. Hold the cardstock vertically on a flat surface with only the
car visible to kids.)
I can move the car from this spot to another spot on the card without touching the
car at all. Do you think I can do it? (Pause for responses.) I’ll need some help from
you first. (Choose two children to hold the sides of the card, and then move the car by
moving the magnet from behind.)
Wow! That was pretty amazing, wasn't it? (Invite the children who weren’t holding
the card to tell how you did it.)
I didn’t do it with any special powers; I used a magnet. Magnets attract metal
objects like this car; so I just stuck the car to the magnet from behind the paper,
and moved it! (Invite the children to gather closely, and show them how it works. If
time allows, let each of them take a quick turn moving the car from behind the
cardstock.)
We can’t see the magnet from behind the card, but we know that it’s there because
we can see its power by what it does.
Did you know that we can have a power within us that will guide us just like the
magnet guided this car across the card? (Pause for responses.) That power comes
from the Holy Spirit.
The Bible says when Jesus knew it was time for Him to leave the earth and return
to Heaven, He called His friends, the disciples together. He said He would leave His
Holy Spirit to live in them. When we believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to live
in us, too. (Invite the children to share if they believe in Jesus and why they do.)
We can't see the Holy Spirit Jesus puts in us, but we know He’s there because we
can feel His power. Just like we could see the power of the magnet guiding this
metal car, we can see the Holy Spirit guiding us each day. (Hold up the magnet,
cardstock, and car again. Share a few examples of how the Holy Spirit can guide us,
each time, moving the car using the magnet. For example, you might say, “Maybe we
come to church and people start singing. The Holy Spirit might guide us [move the
car] to sing to God with thankfulness and joy.” Or “Maybe we see a lonely boy. The Holy
Spirit might guide us [move the car] to talk to him and share Jesus love with him.”)
The car has to be close to the magnet before it feels the effects of its power. Like
that, when we stay close to God, we feel the power of His Holy Spirit guiding us.
Let's pray and thank God for sending the Holy Spirit to be our guide.

PRAY: God, thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit to guide us in the way You want
us to go. Help us to stay close to You, so that we can feel the power of Your Holy
Spirit in our life. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “The Unseen Power” video lesson
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● Explain whether you think the characters in our video needed a guide.
● How does the Holy Spirit guide you?


A Guide of Goodness
You’ll Need:
● Celery sticks
● Cream cheese
● Plates - 1 per child
● Napkins - 1 per child
● Plastic knives - 1 per child

Do This:
Follow these steps for the snack:
● Have kids clean their hands.
● Give each child some celery sticks, cream cheese, a plate, a napkin, and a
plastic knife.
● Have kids add the cream cheese into the slot of the celery sticks.
● Enjoy!

ASK:
● How did you know where to put the cream cheese?
● The sides of the celery stick were like a guide to keep the cream cheese in
there. What other guides can you think of in your life?

SAY: Guides know the best way to go or to do something, and they often keep us
safe. The Holy Spirit is like that. The Holy Spirit is God in us, and He guides us to a
life that fills us up and brings us to the things God loves.

Love & Lost
You’ll Need:
● A paper heart

Do This:
SAY: Jesus left the Holy Spirit to be our guide. Let’s play a game to help us think
about that.

Follow these steps to play this version of Hot & Cold:
● Choose one child to step outside the room.
● Invite kids to help you hide the paper heart.
● Invite the child who is outside the room to come back in.
● Instead of “hot” and “cold” use the words “love” when the child is nearing the
heart and “lost” when he or she is moving away from the hidden heart.
● Continue until the child finds the heart.
● Choose a different child to step outside the room and repeat.
● If possible, give each child a turn to look for the heart.

ASK:
● What was it like to be guided to the heart?
● Why do you think having the Holy Spirit brings love to our lives while not
having God with us is more like being lost?

SAY: The Holy Spirit is a good guide; we want Him with us. He guides us toward
what’s best for us, and what brings love and calm to our hearts.

Complete Supply List:
● A large piece of heavy cardstock
● A small metal car
● A powerful magnet (adult use only)
● “The Unseen Power” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Celery sticks
● Cream cheese
● Plates - 1 per child
● Napkins - 1 per child
● Plastic knives - 1 per child
● A paper heart
 

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