Last Sunday (or Thursday) we marked the end of Jesus’ time on earth, his mission to dwell with humanity concluded with the disciples witnessing his return to His Father in Heaven. This week we celebrate the feast of Pentecost at which time the followers of Jesus received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
At Sunday School we tend to focus on the miraculous description of what happened, the spirit seeming like the rush of a roaring wind, the tongues of fire and the ability to speak different languages, such that everyone could understand you. I think the risk of reading the description of Pentecost without continuing on with the rest of the book of Acts means that, rather like the disciples on the Mount of Olives, we are stuck staring into heaven, pondering the Spirit and miraculous happenings rather than ensuring we use the gifts that God gives us to love our neighbours and honour God.
Peter immediately starts to preach the good news to everyone present-boldly and without the fear that seemingly crippled him after Jesus’ arrest. Many of those who heard turned to Jesus and were baptised, they joined in fellowship together sharing their property, more and more people heard and believed the good news and “Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles…The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those affected with unclean spirits and they were all healed.”
The believers pray for boldness to proclaim God’s word and for God to stretch out his hand to heal and perform signs and wonders (Acts 4:30)
Will we pray for boldness to proclaim the word and expect healing, in our world today that needs healing more than ever?
There are a lot of crafts that help children respond to the story of Pentecost, check out these ideas at the links below:
We tried these hovercrafts with a balloon, CD and pop tops one year at Sunday School, it is lots of fun to do and try to make work. http://thechocolatemuffintree.blogspot.com/2011/06/cd-hovercraft.html
Or this one uses a meat tray 🙂https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvy-_Dayaoc
We’ve also made stained glass Pentecost flames, from this website, https://www.sarajcreations.com/2018/05/pentecost-stained-glass-craft.html
Kites, windchimes and pin wheels are also Pentecost-themed crafts you could try.
This Pentecost with Lego video is brilliant, Fr.Bob goes to Okea for some furniture and everyone gets a lesson about Pentecost and the Holy Spirit.