9. The Holy Spirit is Our Comforter

Sunday 17th May – 6th Sunday of Easter

The Holy Spirit Is Our Comforter

Scripture: John 14 v 16-17

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[
c] in you.

Today I am going to talk about something you can’t see, but you know it’s there.

If you have an outside space, I want you to go outside, or you could ask a grown up to open a window for you, so you can feel a breeze.
If you can’t do either, I want you to imagine feeling the wind against your skin.

Do you feel that? But can you see it?

So, you’re convinced there is wind here even though you don’t see it?
We can’t see the wind, but we CAN see what it’s doing, can’t we?
The way it lifts up your hair and moves your clothes.
It might feel cold on your skin or warm, if the wind is south westerly.

Do you know what this reminds me of in the Bible?
It’s an amazing gift left for us when Jesus returned to heaven to be with His Father.
Do you know what it is now?

Jesus promised us a helper and that helper is the Holy Spirit.
We don’t see the Holy Spirit because He lives inside those of us who make Jesus our Lord and Saviour.
But just like the wind outside, even though we can’t see the Holy Spirit, we know that He brings comfort and help to us.

Prayer

Dear Lord, even though we can’t see You, we know You are real. We also know Your Holy Spirit is real.
Thank You for the comfort You bring us through the gift of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Activity 1: Write a poem

Write a poem about the wind. How it feels and how you can see the effects it has on things around you.

Then I would like you to write a prayer to thank God for sending us the Holy Spirit to live within us.

Activity 2: Draw a picture

For younger children, can you draw a picture of wind and how it moves things even though we can’t see it?
The wind blowing the trees, clothes drying on a washing line, a flag flying on top of a church tower or a castle.

Do send in your poems, prayers and pictures to me, Christina at parishoffice@smaaa.org and we will put them on the website.

 

Activity 3: Colouring page (Teddy bear comforter, left)
The Holy Spirit Comforts Us Colouring Page

Activity 4: Wordsearch (right)
The Holy Spirit Word Search

Activity 5: WordJumble
Holy Spirit Word Jumble