Children’s Message for May 31, 2020


Pastor Karen Crawford

Our Pentecost Banner

Hi Kids! This is the banner you usually see hanging in our church on Pentecost. That’s today! Do you know why there is a white dove?

Children’s message for Pentecost

This is the symbol for the Holy Spirit that came down on Jesus when he was baptized in the Jordan River.

When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, the Spirit came down to rest on him, like a dove.

The Spirit came down from heaven like a dove. Do you know why the banner is red and yellow? That’s the flames of the Holy Spirit that came to rest on each of the disciples, but didn’t burn them.

The Spirit came down on the disciples at Pentecost like flames that didn’t burn. The Spirit gave the disciples power to share the good news of Jesus Christ in many languages so that all the world may come to know Jesus Christ.

They had gathered in a house in Jerusalem, waiting and praying for the Spirit as Jesus had told them to do. The Spirit would give them the power to tell the world the good news of the Risen Christ so that they would understand and believe in Jesus. When the Spirit came, the disciples all began talking at once, speaking languages they didn’t even know. It was a miracle. And that miracle still happens today. The Spirit lives in you and me and everyone who believes in Jesus. We have the power to share the good news so that everyone can hear and understand.

We can share God’s love in person, but also through phone calls and cards and letters. Evan and Andrew Swigert sent me a wonderful card this past week, and their mom, Sarah, wrote me a long letter. Eric’s mom, Linda Hores, sent Jim and me this card. Doesn’t it just make you want to smile?

Card from Linda

Thank you so much!!

I love you and miss you all! I pray that you are well. I look forward to that day when we will be able to all gather in the same place and worship the Lord.

Will you pray with me?

Heavenly Father, thank for your Spirit that came to empower the disciples on Pentecost and is still with us, living in our hearts, empowering us to share the gospel and love one another today. In Jesus’ name we pray. And everyone said, Amen.

Links to children’s activities:

The Story of Pentecost! When they were altogether in one place, waiting and praying for the Lord, as he told them to do… and the Holy Spirit came! It was a miracle, part of God’s plan to rescue the world. Anyone who believes in Jesus has the Holy Spirit in her heart. I believe in Jesus. I hope you believe, too!

Kid Bible Story: Pentecost

Published by karenpts

I am the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, New York on Long Island. Come and visit! We want to share God’s love and grace with you and encourage you on your journey of faith. I have served Presbyterian congregations in Minnesota, Florida and Ohio since my ordination in 2011. I am a 2010 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and am working on a doctor of ministry degree with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I am married to Jim and we have 5 grown children and two grandchildren in our blended family. We are parents to fur babies, Liam, an orange tabby cat, and Minnie, a toy poodle.

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