BRING THE CHILDREN TO ME . . .
June 21st is Father's Day
Remember to celebrate your Dad on
this day! Let him know how much you love him and
May 31st - Pentecost Day
What is Pentecost?
Pentacost is a Christian holiday; it is the 50th day after Easter. It is historically and symbolically related to the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot.
It is to remember the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and other followers of Jesus as described in the book of Acts in the Bible, as Jesus had
promised after he rose from the dead. About 3,000 people were baptized that day, which to many, makes it the real start of the Christian church.
** Parents, please read this kids' sermon to
your kids **
Children's Sermon on Pentecost
Today we are going to hear about the church’s birthday!
Jesus promised to send the disciples a special present that would help them share about the news of the Gospel. Well, the disciples were waiting for this present, and they were hanging out in a room in Jerusalem. There were actually a lot of people in town at the time, because they were having a special celebration called the Feast of Weeks, or the Feast of Tabernacles.
This was an important time that all Jewish people had to honor, and they would come to Jerusalem to celebrate it. So there were people from all over the place there, and the disciples were patiently waiting. Then, all of a sudden, there was a big sound like a rushing wind!
And then, there were little bits of fire that appeared! This was a special fire that did not burn up or catch their hair and clothes into flames, but showed that God’s spirit was present. A lot of times in the Bible, God appears as fire (think Elijah, burning bush with Moses, etc.).
Here was the Holy Spirit! Now, the Holy Spirit is sort of a special go-between…it is the spirit that makes all things possible. Sometimes we don’t know what to say or how to pray…the Holy Spirit comes in to help. Well, the Holy Spirit came to these disciples and appeared as flames above their heads!
And then another amazing thing happened. The disciples started speaking in other languages. There were people in Jerusalem that spoke a lot of languages, but the disciples didn’t have their dictionaries and translators with them…yet they were able to just talk automatically in other languages!
And they started eagerly sharing the story of Jesus. Some people criticized them, but Peter assured everyone that they were not drunk or crazy. They were full of God’s love! And with that, they all continued talking about the story of Jesus and sharing the amazing things He had done. A lot of people came to believe, and after that, the disciples began meeting together regularly. They shared everything with other believers, and continued meeting and sharing and caring for one another.
So at Pentecost we get to celebrate the birthday of the church! It was the start of an amazing way that God allows us to serve and love each other. And that is the truly exciting thing… Once we are “on fire” and have received the light of Jesus, we can take that to other people and “light up” their lives as well. God wants us to share His story and His love with the whole world. It only takes a spark or a single candle to get others going. Let’s celebrate, and let’s share with one another! Shall we thank God for that?
Thank you for the Word the Bible
Thank you for your Church!
I'm glad I am part of your family
Help me to share your love
And tell others about Jesus
I love you God! Thanks for love me
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ST PETERS