- Paper/ card folded to make a flap.
- Pen/ ink from a printer
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would be with us after He ascended into heaven, but the disciples had to wait.
Write/ print on the cards multiple choice questions for how long people in the Bible had to wait for their promises from God to come true: e.g.
How long did Noah have to wait for the flood to finish? One week, 40 days and nights, 3 years
How long did Abraham and Sarah have to wait for baby Isaac? 15 years, 25 years, 30 years
How long did Joseph have to wait for his dreams to come true? 13 years, 16 years, 28 years
How long did the Israelites have to wander the desert waiting for the Promised Land? 40 days, 40 months, 40 years
How long did David have to wait to become King? 5 years, 10 years, 15 years
(Answers in italics). Make sure that you write the answers inside the card so players cannot see them. Then place them where people can see them with the Cellotape. This game could also be on a Powerpoint slide show.
- Ask the congregation to play the promise quiz. Explain that they need to guess how long the people in the Bible had to wait for their promises from God to be fulfilled and the answers are inside the card/ under the flap.
- Then get them to think about how God promised all of us the Holy Spirit at His ascension and we don’t have to wait any longer! Get them to spend some time praying for the Holy Spirit to fill them right now. They should remember that the Lord will give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks.
- Finally, has God promised them something that they are still waiting for? If so, they should ask the Holy Spirit to give them the strength to keep waiting as God never fails to fulfil a promise.
- A paper/ card cloud (from the internet) – 1 each. Make sure the cloud is larger than Jesus.
- A paper/card Jesus (from the internet) – 1 each
- Pens/ coloured pencils
- Explain to the congregation that to make the ascending Jesus they must cut out the cloud and Jesus, then colour Jesus in.
- Next they must make a hole using the hole punch at the bottom of the cloud in the centre.
- After that they must tie a knot in the string and attach through the hole in the cloud and use Cellotape to attach the other end to Jesus.
- This should now mean that if they pull the string by the knot that Jesus should ascend towards the cloud.
- Get your congregation to think about why Jesus had to ascend to heaven. Ask them to thank Jesus for coming to earth, saving them and ascending to heaven so that they could have the Holy Spirit.
This craft works best if you do an example before the service.