Pentecost – May 31
Read Together – Acts 2:1-21
2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ 13 But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 “In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Watch the Story
- What part of the story did you like the best?
- Were there any parts that were surprising?
- Where do you imagine yourself in the story?
- What kinds of things does the Spirit help the disciples do?
- In the story, the Holy Spirit comes like a great wind. Wind is a lot like the Spirit – we can’t see it, but we can see what it does. What kinds of things does the Spirit help us do, even though we can’t see it?
- Use the colouring and activity pages from Illustrated Ministry below.
The following activities help us to think about wind and how it moves things. As you do them, chat about how the Spirit also moves things.
- Create a work of art by blowing paint on a paper or canvas. Squirt some liquid paint on the paper and, using a straw, blow the paint in different directions (hint: cover your work area well!). Use red, orange and yellow colours to have your picture look like the “tongues of fire” that rested on the disciples.
- Have a windy race – using a straw, see how fast you can blow a ping-pong ball or pom-pom from one side of a room to the other.
- Fill a balloon with air…let it go, and see where it lands! With multiple people, see whose balloon can reach farthest across a playing area.
- If you have a kite, take it outside – demonstrate how you can’t see the wind visibly, but you see its impact when the kite blows into the air.
- Make a “Holy Spirit Pinwheel”
Pentecost is known as the birthday of the church…why not enjoy some cupcakes!
Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to guide us
and to give us the power to follow your Son Jesus
and become more and more like him.
Fill us with your Holy Spirit today and everyday
so that we can share your goodness and love
with the whole world.
We pray this in Jesus’ name.