During this time of quarantine, here are some simple ways churches can get the celebration feeling:
- Have families send in photos of them dressed in red with a symbol of the Holy Spirit (flame, candle, sparklers, doves, etc.) and put it into a slide show to show before or after the Service on Pentecost.
- Have the families dress in red and give them each a language, including English, and have them say Happy Pentecost on video. Have them send it in and include it at the offering of the Service of Pentecost or either before or after the service.
- Film a video of children playing with things symbolizing the wind (Bubbles, pinwheels, kites) and use as part of the service.
- Choose different families and have them say a line from the story of Acts (make sure they wear Red) and video tape it. Put it together for the reading.
For families to do at home, after watching the Pentecost Service or reading Acts 2.
- Talk about the forms of the Holy Spirit and play with bubbles, kites or pinwheels.
- Create a red feast. Prepare foods that are red (strawberries, watermelon, cherries, etc.)
- Make red flowers and put them on your table. These can be made from tissue paper, construction paper or draw red flowers and cut them out.
- Make a kite or windsock from material around the house.
- Bake a cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to the church.
- Make windchimes out of old keys or odd metal items and hang them up.
- Make doves from paper and decorate them. Fill a front window of your house or place on your front door.
- Make thank you cards for people at your church who have helped you on your faith journey.
- Learn a few words in different languages and practice them all day.
- Read the book, The Day When God Made Church: A Child’s First Book About Pentecost, by Rebekah McLeod Hutto.