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Peace at Pentecost
w/c 10 June 2019
This week we celebrate Pentecost, when the waiting disciples were sent the gift of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit brought peace and unity by giving the apostles the ability to speak different languages, enabling communication with all.
In this assembly children will learn about Pentecost and also hear the story of peacemaker Francis of Assisi, through which they will be inspired to spread peace in the power of the Holy Spirit.
“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.” Acts 2: 1-11
NB. This is the first reading for Pentecost Sunday and comes from the Book of Acts, rather than using the Sunday Gospel John 20:19-23
Key Point / Learning Objective:
Children will learn that:
- At Pentecost God sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples and we can receive the Holy Spirit too.
- The Holy Spirit brings peace and helps us act to bring peace in our communities.
- There are lots of situations in the world that need peace. Like Francis of Assisi, peacemakers often make personal sacrifices to bring peace.
- Engage with the stories and answer questions.
- Reflect on how they can be peacemakers.
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Appendix 1 – ‘Saint Francis’
- Appendix 2 – Scripture Reading
- Prepare a child to mime the actions in Appendix 1 and another to read Appendix 2.
- Have a mobile phone ready to use as a visual aid.
- Traditional: Breathe on me, Breath of God by C.Lockhart
- Contemporary: Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God by Keith and Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend
Marie-Christine Ginty and Edith Kirkwood