Sunday School at Home for June 5

A Birthday Celebration

Theme: The Day of Pentecost
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
Complete Supply List:
● Balloons (uninflated)
● Birthday gifts
● Birthday candles
● “A Birthday Celebration” video
● Something to play the video
● Plain cupcakes
● Frosting
● Sprinkles
● Birthday candles - 1 per child
● A lighter
● Plastic knives
● Paper plates
● Napkins
● Ping pong balls - 1 per team
● Straws - 1 per child
● Masking tape
● A paper towel tube - 1 per child
● Construction paper
● Glue sticks
● Tape
● Markers

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● Balloons (uninflated)
● Birthday gifts
● Birthday candles
Do This:
SAY: We are going to have a celebration today! Let me show you what I have for this
party. (Hold up the birthday gifts, birthday candles and balloons). Can you guess what
kind of celebration we might be having? Of course: a birthday party. Now, there might
be someone here today whose birthday is close, but that is not why we are
celebrating. Today is the day that we celebrate the birthday of the Church. The day
that the Church really got its start. We call it the day of Pentecost and it’s when we
remember the day when God sent the Holy Spirit to His people just as Jesus had
promised that He would.
These birthday party items are going to help us to remember what happened in the
Church on the day of Pentecost. They will also remind us that the Holy Spirit is still at
work in the Church today.
Balloons can add a lot to any celebration, but, as you can see, these balloons are flat
and lifeless. They need to be filled. They need someone to breathe some life into
them. (Blow up the balloons.) The Bible tells us that on the day of Pentecost, the
followers of Jesus were all together in one place when suddenly they heard a sound
from heaven like a mighty rushing wind and it filled the whole house. (Let the air out of
one balloon so kids can hear the rushing sound.) We are here today waiting for the Holy
Spirit to fill this place and to breathe new life into the church of Jesus Christ.
Like any good birthday cake, we have candles. (Show the candles.) Later on, we will
light the candles and be reminded that on the day of Pentecost tongues of fire came
and rested upon each of the people in that place and they were filled with the Holy
Spirit. They began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them ability. Just as
on the day of Pentecost, we need the Holy Spirit to come and light our fire and give us
the power to do things which will bring glory to God.
What is a birthday celebration without gifts? (Show the gifts.) On the day of Pentecost,
the Holy Spirit gave the early church the gifts of forgiveness, truth and a new life. The
Holy Spirit offers those same gifts today. He leads us to truth, forgives us, and gives
us a better way to live.
As we celebrate the birth of the Church, let’s remember that the Holy Spirit is still alive
and at work in us today like He was in the people of the early church.

PRAY: Dear Father, we thank You for sending the Holy Spirit. Help us to remember
that the Holy Spirit still fills the church with power today, just as He did on the day
of Pentecost. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

A Birthday Celebration
You’ll Need:
● “A Birthday Celebration” video
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● Tell about a time you didn’t understand what was happening around you.
● How would you feel if you could suddenly speak a different language?


Pentecost Cupcakes
You’ll Need:
● Plain cupcakes
● Frosting
● Sprinkles
● Birthday candles - 1 per child
● A lighter
● Plastic knives
● Paper plates
● Napkins
Get Ready: Before the snack, have kids clean their hands.

Do This:
Follow these steps for the “Pentecost Cupcake” snacks:
● Give each child a plate, napkin, a plain cupcake, and a plastic knife.
● Invite kids to use their knives to frost the cupcakes.
● Remind kids that today we’re remembering the day of Pentecost, which was the
day the Church was “born.”
● Have kids decorate their cupcakes with sprinkles and finish off with a candle.
● Light each child’s candle and sing “Happy Birthday” to the Church.
● Enjoy.
ASK:
● What happened on the day of Pentecost?
● What gifts does the Holy Spirit give us today?

Rushing Wind Race
You’ll Need:
● Ping pong balls - 1 per team
● Straws - 1 per child
● Masking tape
Get Ready: Before the activity, tape a starting line and a finish line at each end of
the classroom.
Do This:
To play the “Rushing Wind Race” game, have kids follow these steps:
● Form two groups and have each group line up at one end of the room.
● Give each child their own straw, and each team a ping pong ball.
● Explain that when you say “Go,” the first person in line will have to set their ping
pong ball on the starting line and blow it to the finish line using only their straw.
● When they get to the finish line, kids can pick up the ball and run back to their
team for the next player to go, then have a seat at the back of their line.
● The first team to have all members complete the race wins.
ASK:
● Explain how you were feeling during this game.
● How do you think this game was like or unlike what happened during
Pentecost?
SAY: When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples on the day of Pentecost, “a sound like
the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where
they were sitting.” Even after He left earth and ascended into heaven, Jesus was
still working miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in each of us
today!

Pentecost Birthday Candle
You’ll Need:
● A Birthday Celebration How-to video


● A paper towel tube - 1 per child
● Construction paper
● Glue sticks
● Tape
● Markers
Do This: Have kids follow these steps to make the “Pentecost Birthday Candle” craft:
● Give each child a paper towel tube.
● Invite kids to wrap their paper towel tube with construction paper and seal with
tape or glue.
● Tear small pieces of red, yellow, and orange construction paper for each child to
glue inside of the paper towel tube to look like a flame.
● Invite kids to finish their “Pentecost Birthday Candles” by decorating the
outsides with markers.
SAY: When the Church was first formed on the day of Pentecost, God sent the Holy
Spirit as a helper to the disciples. Today, we still receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
when we place our faith in Jesus Christ.

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