Pentecost in the Home
Pentecost comes fifty days after Easter. It is also known as Whitsunday, named for the white garments worn by those baptized during the vigil. Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit who moved over the waters at creation, was given to the disciples on Pentecost and gives new life to all of us at baptism.
Pentecost is sometimes called the Birthday of the Church as the coming of the Holy Spirit established the church. It is the Holy Spirit who gathers, enlightens, sanctifies and preserves the church.
Pentecost is also the time to look for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear of the Lord, and joy in the Lord (Isaiah 11.2-3a), as well as the nine fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
This is the day to focus on the Holy Spirit who fills our hearts as God’s people, kindling the fire of God’s love within. The Spirit brings power, enabling Christians to bring Christ’s love to the world.
Pentecost brings a spirit of excitement and celebration. Red is the color of the Spirit; orange and gold with red recall flames.
The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and of the Spirit coming in baptism. Flames represent the tongues of fire that rested on each of the apostles.
Make a cake with the outline of a dove made with cinnamon red hots. To make the dove look for a clip art image, size it to about 6-inches wide, print and cut-out. Place it lightly on the top of the cake and use a skewer or knife tip to lightly draw the outline in the frosting. See below to see how to use the cake to show how sharing the light and love of Christ is like fire: it grows when shared.
Gifts and Activities
The Spirit came with a rush of mighty wind, so things that use air and wind make good Pentecost activities. Air and wind related gifts help make Pentecost a special day: bright red or orange kites, pinwheels, streamers, balloons, boomerangs, bubble liquid and windsocks. All are reminders of the power of wind, the power of the Holy Spirit.
Air supports kites as the Spirit upholds us.
Have a red balloon and small red birthday candle for each person. After the meal, the first person lights the candle from a Christ candle, as Christ is our source of light, placing the individual candle on the cake. The next person lights their candle from the first person’s, showing that we serve one another. Fire doesn’t grow smaller when shared, neither does love.
PDF file for Pentecost family worship leaflet has just a bit to read, sing, and pray.
Print on heavy stock and you’ll have reusable leaflets that may simply be pulled out to be used year after year. Covers may be decorated by children.
Reading should be done by both adults and children; it is important to involve everyone at an appropriate level.
Easy to make and celebrate (no real fire)
Two Fire Crafts for Pentecost
Acetate flames and paper candles
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