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Readings: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:22-27, John 15:26-27 About the images: Top: Mine so please feel free to use it. Bottom: This is a photo of the inside of my kitchen stove so you are free to use it. Have a birthday cake big enough for everybody to share - after all, it is the church's birthday. Kids Story: Unknown By Colin Thompson and Anna Pignataro, published by Hodder Headline in Australia and Walker Books in the U.S.A, 2002. ISBN 0733613551 (Aust) or ISBN 0802787304 (U.S.A.) The left picture is the Australian cover and the right picture is the American cover - both found at Colin Thompson's site. (Thanks to Rev Andrew Donnelly for this book suggestion). Kids Story: Popcorn Disciples Retell the Acts story using pop corn and a popcorn maker by comparing the unpopped corn in the container with the disciples in the room beforehand – all small and shriveled and hard and contained in a small space. Then turn on the popcorn maker and compare the heat and the hot air in the maker with the Holy Spirit. When the corn pops compare the corn with the disciples afterwards – all big and soft, open and fluffy - and popping up everywhere!! Film Clip : The Dripping Tap On Leunig Animated, Fruitcup Films, 2001 (pictured in an earlier blog) This clip is a great introduction to the first part of the Ezekiel reading as is the Keith Green song/poem (below) and the discussion questions (below). Poem or Listening Song: My Eyes Are Dry by Keith Green, Ears to Hear Music. Listening Song: Burning Like Fire By Iona on their album, Beyond These Shores, 1993 (pictured in an earlier blog). Discussion Questions based on the Ezekiel reading: When can there be dryness in our lives? When can our lives be disconnected and scattered? Story: Holy Spirit Holes in Medieval Churches Google "Holy Spirit Holes" and you will find heaps of descriptions of these - a great illustration for encouraging people to open up their lives to God's power. Response activity: Give everyone a birthday cake candle. Project the words "Holy Spirit come into my life and.....". Ask people to mentally fill in the rest of the sentence and then come forward and light their candle as they pray the whole sentence. Response Activity: Balloons As a symbol of the gifts which the Holy Spirit gives to us, give everybody a balloon and ask them to write their particular gift on it. They can talk about it and help each other as they go. Then blow up the balloons and decorate the church with them (or have them blown up and decorating the church when people arrive and take them down to write on and take home). Please do not let balloons go outside - balloons are a choking hazard for wild life in rural and marine areas and make a mess in cities.