The Empowering Presence Parent Resources

By: RSF Marriage & Family Team

Hello Parents,

Our children are learning alongside The Empowering Presence series, but a week behind the teachings in the large gathering. You will notice the dates do not align, and this is intentional in order to allow parents to experience the content for a full week before introducing them to children.  This resource will not detail the series week by week as some of the content will not align well to teach to our children on Sundays, but our hope is to provide a broad overview of how to invite children to experience the person of the Holy Spirit alongside the rest of our church.

If you have any questions about this material, please email kids@realitysf.com.

Person of the Spirit

The definition we are using for the Holy Spirit is God’s Personal Empowering Presence.  Talking through this meaning with your kids could be really helpful.  If they are old enough, let them give input on what they think that means and help them craft an easy to remember definition of their own.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” -Matthew 28:19

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2

Helping children understand that the Spirit is a person–a part of the Trinity, alongside God the Father and Jesus is a key to demystifying the Spirit.  The Spirit was present at Creation with God and has been active throughout history and now given to us as a gift.

Promise of the Spirit

“But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”  John 14:26

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” -Luke 24:49

God sends us the Holy Spirit as a gift, to live in us and empower to do God’s work in the world.  Encourage your kids to remember that the Spirit is a gift to be received and leaned on for help in daily life.

What does the Spirit do?

So much!  Just like our definition states, the Spirit empowers us to do the work of God.  That’s a great conversation to have with a child–what kind of things does God do?  How does that look and feel?  How can you partner with God to do His kind of work?  We will talk more about this as the series goes on and we’ll have another blog post next month to navigate some of that.

In the meantime, a great foundation to build for your kids is that God’s Spirit will always exhibit God’s character, so He will always agree with the Bible, be encouraging to His people and produce good fruit.

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  -Galatians 5:22-23

“This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.” -2 Corinthians 3:6

The Spirit brings life!  That is another great way to help kids understand what the work of the Spirit does–it does not bring discouragement or fear, but life and growth in our lives and in the lives of others.

How do I relate to the Spirit?

One way to frame this is to normalize the friendship we can have with the Spirit.  For some kids, they might have an easier time thinking of the Spirit as a Teacher–one who instructs us, helps, guides and teaches.  Just like a classroom teacher, a child looks to the teacher for instruction, guidance and support.  There is relationship and regular communication with a Teacher, so there should be consistent contact with the Holy Spirit!

“Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.  And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Ephesians 5:18-20

This is a great way to keep kids in tune with the Spirit–through song and thanksgiving.  Find moments to worship together and praise God for His kindness and love.

“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” -Romans 8:15-16

We relate to the Spirit as part of God.  He is our Good Father, who has given us a part of Him to be a guide, teacher and help to live in this world wisely and with power to do the good work of God!

Some resources:

Eyes that See & Ears that Hear

Growing Up With God (for older kids)

Maybe God is Like That, Too (great way to be aware of the fruit of the Spirit)

The Bible Project on the Holy Spirit (4 minute animated video)

Explaining the Holy Spirit to kids (page with a few helpful videos)