With the COVID-19 keeping us isolated at home, a fun activity to engage our church members is a Lego Bible Night. This can be done over several nights or days.
Choose one Bible story per family involved. Have a print out of the story or a link to the story. Make each one a different story and make sure it is something that families can use to make come alive. Give or send each family their story. Include with the story or link some information/background material (what was happening, the time, a little history, etc.). Give them some discussion questions to think about. Send a prayer families can say before they start their build.
Working together, the family creates a Lego piece that shares the story. They can video tape themselves talking about the piece and retelling the story or hold a zoom meeting and each family shares with the others involved. Make sure to get pictures of the completed works, so they can be shared witht he whole parish.
After the Zoom call when all are shared, close in prayer and thank the families for sharing in this time. Families might enjoy this so much, that they would like a story a week.
Keep all the pictures and create a story book for the children or video link with all the videos.
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
- Film a video of children playing with things
symbolizing the wind (Bubbles, pinwheels, kites) and use as part of the
- 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
- Bake a cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to the
- 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.