Sunday School @ Home – Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 17, 2020)

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Bible Passage (for parents)
The Holy Spirit is Always with Us (John 14:15-21)

In today’s gospel, Jesus is talking to his friends and followers (the disciples) and he tells them two very important things.  Jesus tells them, first, that everyone who loves him, keeps his commandments.  Just before this, Jesus had told the disciples that he was giving them a new commandment:  “Love one another.”  The second important thing Jesus tells them is that even though in a little while they won’t see him anymore, he isn’t leaving them.  Jesus says he will send them a helper, or an Advocate, who is the Holy Spirit.  Jesus tells the disciples and us that we are never alone.  The Holy Spirit is always with us.

Watch this video together:

 

Read:

Did you see that?  The little girl had no idea that her dad was in the box.  What an amazing gift!  (He had been away for a long time serving in the army).  Jesus tells his disciples that they will receive an amazing gift – the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit helps us and leads us and guides us.  The Holy Spirit is always with us and that means that we are never alone.  Isn’t that an amazing gift?

Discuss

  • Have you ever gotten lost before?  How did it feel?
  • Have you ever felt all alone?  When was it?  What happened?  How did it feel?
  • How does it help to know that the Holy Spirit is always with you?

Song

Every Move I Make (sung by CJ and Friends – Hillsong Kids).  Sing along and do the motions!

 

Craft

Jesus said he would send the Holy Spirit, who would comfort us, help us, and always be with us.  Download the sheet, print it out, and color the words “Thank You” and then draw a picture for some people who help us:  the person who delivers our mail and brings us packages.  Once it is finished, tape it to your door or your mailbox.

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Game

You are asked to transfer 5 cotton balls with your nose from bowl to another.  Do this by putting petroleum jelly on your nose first.  You may watch this video for further explanation:

The petroleum jelly stuck to your nose really well, didn’t it?  You know, today we’re learning that the Holy Spirit sticks even closer to us!  The Holy Spirit is always with us!

Discuss

Jesus talked with his friends and followers and told them two important things.  He said that those who love him will follow his commandments.  He had already told his disciples that he was giving them this commandment:  Love one another.  Jesus also told them that he would send them the Holy Spirit, who would comfort us, help us, and always be with us.

  • How do you know when the Holy Spirit is helping you?
  • Thanks to the Holy Spirit, we are never alone.  The Holy Spirit helps us remember that no is left out of God’s love.  How can we let others know that good news?

 

Closing Prayer

The season of Easter is 50 days, from Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020) to Pentecost (May 31, 2020).  For your prayers today, consider beginning or continuing a paperchain where everyone in your house writes one thing they are grateful for.  Do this until Pentecost.

Pray:  God, thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit.  Help us to do your work in the world, to love others, and to help everyone know that they are never alone. (We thank you for these things say the things written on the links of your paperchain or anything for which you are thankful).   Amen

Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home.  There will be a new one for each Sunday while we are unable to gather together physically in our congregational buildings.  Contact him at dfugate@iksynod.org.

 

 

 

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