Objective: To help children understand how the third person of the Trinity—the Holy Spirit—helps us, and what Jesus had to say concerning our relationship with him.
following story with expression and sound effects. You might want to use props too, such as a cane and cap for the grandpa.)
"There once were two children, a boy and a girl, whose parents were going out of town for the night. The grandfather lived next door, so they asked him to come care for the children while they were gone. Before the parents left, they told their children to be good, obey the rules, and to make sure their rooms were cleaned up when they returned home.
Well, as soon as the parents left, the children wanted to go outside and play. But the grandfather reminded them that they weren't allowed to play outside at night. "But don't worry, I've planned some really fun things to do indoors tonight, which includes making S'mores!" the grandfather said with a smile. After they had played for awhile, the kids asked for the snack. The grandpa said, "You know we haven't had dinner yet. But, how about we make the S'mores now and eat them before dinner!" The children were very happy about that!
The kids wanted to stay up to watch TV, but the grandfather told them it was getting late and reminded them that they had to straighten their rooms before their parents returned home in the morning.
"Oh, we're too tired, Grandpa! We'll do it in the morning." the children pleaded.
But the grandfather said, "Nope! You must obey your parents. But don't worry, I'll help you clean up!"
In no time at all—with the grandfather's help—their rooms were cleaned and they got ready for bed. He allowed them to watch a bit of TV too; and then tucking them in for the night, he reminded them of their parents' love. He also told them he had something extra special planned for them tomorrow, and then kissed them goodnight.
As the children drifted off to sleep, there was a loud bang just outside their window. As you can imagine, it scared them half to death! The grandfather heard the noise too and ran to see what was the matter. Looking out the window, he saw the problem, "It's only the neighbor's big fat cat!" he assured them, "No need to fear!"
The children felt safe now. They snuggled down into their soft pillows, and soon they were dreaming of tomorrow's adventure with their grandpa." The End.
This story helps us to understand how the Holy Spirit—the third person of the Trinity—helps us. Before Jesus returned to heaven, he promised his followers that they would not be left alone to care for themselves. Like the parents in our story who sent the grandfather to care for their children while they were away, Jesus told his followers that he would send a Counselor to watch over them, to help them obey God, and to do his will while he was away.
Read: John 14:15-16, 23, 25-27 and John 16:7-8,13 from a child-friendly Bible.
1) How is the grandfather in our story similar to how the Holy Spirit works in our lives? (He helps us obey God's rules, reminds us to do the right thing, helps us to do our work, calms our fears, speaks to God for us, prays for us, and leads us into new adventures.)
2) What does the word Counselor mean? (Sometimes the word counselor means someone who helps you with your problems. But in this case it has to do with someone who defends you, like a lawyer in a court of law. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor, our defender. He helps us when we're in trouble (1 John 2:1). We are all guilty of breaking God's law, but when we're in Christ, having asked Jesus to be our Savior and Forever Friend, only then does the Counselor defend us, pray for us, and keep us safe.)
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