Unit: Learning About Church

Session Title: The Church Began

Life Point: People learn about God and Jesus at church.

Unit Verse: “I rejoiced with those who said to me ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” Psalm 122:1

Weekly Bible Verse: “I rejoiced with those who said to me ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” Psalm 122:1

Bible Passage: Acts 2

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Video: What is Church?
You will need to use data on your cell phone if you are going to show this because the WIFI is not the best in the Children’s Area.
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Craft: I Am the Church
Make mirrors from paper plates. Around the edge of the paper plate write “(Child’s name) the church.” Glue a piece of aluminum foil in the center of the paper plate. Add a craft stick for a handle.
Say: When you look in your mirror, who do you see? Yes, you see the church.
As children look into their mirrors, encourage them to sing “You Are the Church,” only this time change the words to “I am the church.”
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Activity: Blown Away
Hand each child a balloon and instruct them to blow it up as much as possible. Then release the balloons and see how far they fly! Do they follow straight patterns? Do this a couple of times, and then tie off balloons or give them to students to keep (try to give each child a different col-or to ease confusion).

Next (or in place of balloon activity if you wish), play a special version of “air hockey:” give everyone a straw and a pom-pom. On direction, have children use the straws to blow the pom-poms from one designated point to another, seeing who can blow the fastest and most accurately.

Gather kids together and ask them how they managed to blow up the balloons and move the pom-poms. Could they see the air that blew through? No…so how do we know it was there? (it moved things and enabled “life,” just like the Holy Spirit!). Invite students to share what they know about the Holy Spirit.
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