Although we're unable to gather with our church families at the moment we can still celebrate Pentecost at home. Here are a few simple ideas for you to share together as a family.
Pentecost is the day we remember Jesus' disciples receiving the Holy Spirit which came in the form of a powerful wind & tongues of fire. The Spirit enabled the disciples to speak in a whole variety of languages so they could tell many people from different countries about Jesus. Christians celebrate this day as the Birthday of the Church. Read Acts 2:1-41 to discover more.
1. Wear Something Red.
Did you know that red is the colour of Pentecost? Many churches have red altar cloths to mark the liturgical season of Pentecost. Have a rummage through your clothes & see if you can find something red you can wear. T-shirt, socks, shoes or hat, wear something red to celebrate Pentecost.
2. Make a Kite or Pentecost Windsock.
Take a look through your recycling & see if you can create either a simple kite or windsock. You could make a simple paper bag kite like this one from Somewhat Simple, or make a windsock like ours from a plastic bottle. We used recycled coloured cellophane, but you could use a sharpie pen to add colour along with some red, orange, or yellow paper streamers.
Hang your windsock in the garden & watch as the power of the wind makes it move, or hold your windsock high & run around the garden so you can feel the wind, reminding you of the rushing wind of Pentecost.
3. Make a Birthday Cake & sing Happy Birthday to the Church.
Get baking in the kitchen together & create a special birthday cake! If you have them add some birthday candles, or you could make some flames from coloured icing. If you don't fancy making a cake, how about some birthday buns or biscuits, you could wrap some up & share them with neighbours or friends.
Even though we can't be together with our church family at the moment, this birthday cake reminds us that we are united together with Christians around the world in celebrating this special day! Sing happy birthday to the church, & sing it loud so everyone can hear the celebration!
4. Blow Pentecost Bubbles Outdoors.
Explore the power of wind & blow bubbles together outside. Blow as many bubbles as you can & watch as they float & eventually pop! As they fall & pop remember the tongues of fire landing on the heads of the disciples. Can you catch a bubble on your head?
You could even make some Giant Bubbles like these ones we made.
5. Learn a New Language & Share it in a Pentecost Card.
Make a Pentecost card to send to a member of your church family who you haven't seen for a while. You could decorate it with red or fiery colours, draw a dove, or even a Birthday Cake.
Share the news that 'Jesus is Lord' in another language, just as the disciples did when the Holy Spirit came. Here are a few examples you might like to try in your card. Remember to write it in English first.
Yeshua huh ha Mashiach Hebrew
Jésus est le Seigneur French
Gesú é il Signore Italian
Jesus ist der Herr German
Jesús es el Señor Spanish
Jesus is die Here Afrikaans
Jesus é o Senhor Portuguese
Jesus är Herre Swedish
However you mark Pentecost in your home, I wish you & your family a joy-filled day.
May you always know the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, wherever you are, whatever you're going through.