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Mark Finds Jesus

Filling our hearts with joy!

Today's Activity:

The Holy Spirit fills our lives with power and joy.  This is illustrated by an experiment where a balloon on a bottle is inflated to show us how this joy fills our lives and overflows to others.

Materials Needed:

A 1-litre plastic cold-drink bottle.
Small round balloons.
Baking Soda (Sodium Carbonate).
A small plastic funnel.
A teaspoon.
A small glass bottle containing 200ml of clear Vinegar.

Preparation:

Blow up several balloons before hand to stretch them and practice slipping a balloon nozzle over the neck of the cold-drink bottle.

Place the funnel into a dry cold-drink bottle and add four teaspoons of Baking Soda into the bottle.  You may need more depending on the bottle, so experiment with the amount needed beforehand.

Remove the funnel and pour 200 ml of clear Vinegar into the bottle and quickly slip the balloon nozzle over the neck of the bottle.   The Baking Soda reacts with the Vinegar to make Carbon Dioxide gas and this will inflate the balloon!

The Effect:

A white powder is put into the bottle to represent Jesus coming into Mark's life and making him clean inside.  Then a clear liquid is added to represent the Holy Spirit filling Mark with joy.  His joy overflows and blows up a balloon!

NB:  If you have sufficient materials, this is a good activity for the children to share with their friends and family!

 

Believing in Jesus:

Mark was excited to be going to a new Sunday School with his best friend.  Peter had been telling him for weeks about his cool teacher in the Grade Six class.  He could hardly wait until Sunday arrived.  He walked into class with Peter and sat down and looked around at the happy expectant faces of the other kids.  The lesson that day was about Nicodemus who came secretly to Jesus one night.

Mark listened to how Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born again.   This puzzled Mark until the teacher explained that no one could enter the Kingdom of God unless he has his sins forgiven and asks Jesus to be his Saviour.  Jesus promised that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.  "Let's say that verse together," said the teacher and so they all said John 3:16 together:

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."

Hey Teach!

Mark was so excited that he yelled, "Hey Teach!  I need Jesus in my heart!"  The teacher was pleased and asked the children to bow their heads and pray.  "Mark, ask Jesus to forgive you for all the wrong things you have done," said the teacher, "And then ask Jesus to make you clean inside, and come into your heart as your Saviour."

Mark prayed the prayer and then looked up with a great big smile.  "I know Jesus heard me because I really meant what I said!"

"Good," said the teacher, "Jesus has become your Saviour and you are now a child of God.  Now ask Jesus to fill you with His Holy Spirit so that your life will bubble with joy.  The Holy Spirit fills you with God's power and love so that you will grow as a Christian, and be able to tell other people about Jesus."

Bubbling Over with Joy!

Let's put some of this white Baking Soda powder inside this bottle to represent Jesus coming into Mark's life and making him clean inside (Put the funnel into the plastic cold-drink bottle and add the amount of Baking Soda you determined in the Preparation section).

Mark prayed again and asked the Holy Spirit to fill his life.  I'm going to pour some of this clear liquid that represents the Holy Spirit into Mark's bottle and put a balloon over the opening (Pour 200 ml of clear Vinegar into the bottle and quickly slip the balloon over the bottle's neck).  See how the Holy Spirit is filling Mark and he is bubbling over joy.  Look!  It's filling up the balloon!

Mark went home that day with joy in his heart.   His parents and friends were amazed when they saw how Jesus had changed him and made him into a kind and caring person.

It's Your Chance:

Find a partner, then one of you can do the experiment while your partner tells the story.  While you set up your bottles and balloons I want you to think about asking the Holy Spirit to fill your life with joy until you overflow with joy like Mark!  Jesus will be only too pleased to answer your prayer!

God bless.

 

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