Play and explore symbols of the Holy Spirit
Play materials: white and flame-coloured cloths and ribbons, white doves and fire-coloured flames, sparkly bits (sequins, card, glitter), feathers, glue sticks; parachute or large cloth; bubble machine.
Mini Bible story with actions
Jesus said: ‘When I go back to be with God my Father, (move hands upwards)
I will send you a special friend. (Move hands down).
He is the Holy Spirit, who comes from God.’ (Flutter hands like a dove).
Repeat so the children can join in.
The Spirit as dove and flame
Invite the children to play with the cloths and ribbons. They can decorate the card doves and flames with feathers and sparkles. Say that we can think of the Holy Spirit as a dove who flutters down to us, and as a fire that warms us.
The Spirit as wind
Tell the children that sometimes we think of the Holy Spirit as a wind that blows around us. Invite them to move the parachute or cloth to make a wind – gently, then more wildly, and finally, calmly again.
Invite the children to make prayer requests and turn on the bubble machine so that the bubbles float among them. Allow the children to enjoy the bubbles. Finish with this prayer. Ask the children to repeat after you:
Thank you, God, for sending your Holy Spirit to help us. Amen.
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