When The Spirit Moves

Conversation | Ofa Foiakau | 18th April 2021

“Ministry with, in, and among young people is life giving. Leaders who facilitate spiritually mature growth bless the church of now and of the future.” – Young People’s Ministries


Young People’s Ministries is a part of the Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church that connects young people and those in ministry with young people to each other, to the church and to God. One of the ways Young People’s Ministries empower young people as world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ, to nurture faith development, and to equip young leaders is by providing resources for those that are in ministry with young people. A recent resource Young People’s Ministries has released is the When the Spirit Moves series.




When the Spirit Moves is a series of youth lessons for Pentecost and Ordinary Time 2021 provided for youth ministry leaders. This is a 6 week series that spans from Pentecost Sunday to the fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

  • Pentecost, Year B (May 23, 2021)
    • Pentecost is about joy, and the invitation is to let the Spirit be poured out on you. But remember, that “you” is plural. Let the Spirit be poured out on all of you. It was because they were gathered together that this happened.
  • Trinity Sunday, Year B (May 30, 2021)
    • This is the first Sunday after the Pentecost. It is the beginning of a long season that takes us all the way through the rest of the liturgical year until we reach Advent once again. So, it is a journey of some length. It is also the church’s story.
  • Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year B (June 6, 2021)
    • Worship is, of course, about God and not about us. And yet there is a dimension where when we come to completely focus on God, and God in Christ, then we are renewed in the Spirit to continue our discipleship path. So, while we don’t measure worship by how it makes us feel, there is a correlation between being built up and the worship experience where we encounter God.
  • Third Sunday after Pentecost, Year B (June 13, 2021)
    • This week is about growing into the new creation that we are called to be in Christ. So, think about talking about growing. Those who are raising kids find themselves telling stories about the latest thing, the latest mischief, the latest accomplishment that their child has gotten into. We need stories to help us see what living as a disciple is like. We tell our stories, and we tell stories of others as examples of a faithful life.
  • Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B (June 20, 2021)
    • Green is the dominant color after Pentecost season. It is the color of life and of growth. Here is where the focus switches from the story of Jesus to the story of the church. Not that we leave Jesus behind, of course, but Jesus is now working through the body of Christ, the church, to continue his ministry and invitation in the world. This is our story, who and what we are called to be. This is the story of disciple making day to day; this is our reason for being.
  • Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B (June 27, 2021)
    • Stewardship is not simply a once-a-year item. This week’s texts provide a perfect opportunity to talk about stewardship without following it up with a pledge card or a capital campaign. Though the impetus for the Corinthian text is a monetary collection, it could easily be shifted to sharing of gifts and offering of grace, stewarding what we have been given in a way that gives glory to God.

Each lesson can be done face-to-face or virtually and includes teachers notes, ice breakers, transitions, bible readings, discussions and activities. Don’t miss out on this great resource!



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Ofa Foiakau is the Field Officer (Central/West), and Youth/High School ministry leader as a part of the PULSE team.