After Jesus ascended to heaven, His promise to send the Holy Spirit was fulfilled when the Holy Spirit fell upon Jesus’ followers on the Day of Pentecost. This story illustration will help kids understand that God’s Spirit gives us power to do what He desires.
Peter Preaches on the Day of Pentecost
Not many days after the resurrection and ascension, the Holy Spirit was sent just as Jesus promised. This happened on the Day of Pentecost. After being filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter preached and around 3,000 were saved. The coming of the Spirit transformed Peter into one of the earliest leaders of the budding church. Like Peter, all believers need the Holy Spirit living in us to make us all God desires and to help us do His will. These activities highlight this important event and underscore the need for the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The biblical story is incomplete without an awareness of the church and its place in God’s plan. In Acts we learn that Jesus began the church in a miraculous way. This interactive craft will help your kids understand how the church began.
Finding the 12 words hidden in this word search puzzle will help kids become familiar with the story of the beginning of the church. Break out the pencils and let them start looking!
What are some of the elements that were a part of the church’s beginning? This word line up activity highlights seven of them. Break out the pencils!
Jesus started the church, and He used Peter and some of his other followers to do so. In this jigsaw puzzle, Peter is telling people that salvation is found in Jesus. This is a truth that people everywhere need to hear today—just like they needed to hear it then.
Use these puppets and this background to help your children better visualize and understand how the church got started, and how Peter allowed God to use Him to tell people about Jesus.
This maze is both challenging and fun. As your children work it, they will have a chance to reflect on the ways God used Peter and others to begin the church.