The story of Pentecost is an exciting one. It’s the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to send his Spirit to be with all believers—including kids! It also provides a great opportunity for families to grow in faith together as they celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. God's Big Pentecost Story, part of the Dwell at Home series, provides families with a simple, meaningful (and fun!) way to celebrate Pentecost at home.
Along with a child-friendly devotional experience are a variety of easy activity ideas to try, including these:
- Create a sense of Pentecost surprise by decorating (without your kids knowing) the area in which you’ll be telling the story. Or invite your kids to decorate an area of your home as part of your Pentecost celebration using flamecolored streamers, balloons, homemade paper flames, or whatever you have on hand.
- Blow pinwheels (make them using instructions found online, or buy them at a dollar store) each time the words “wind” and “Spirit” are read during the story.
- Read God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell, a children’s picture book about God’s delightfully diverse family--just like the crowd that gathered on Pentecost.
Churches, consider downloading this free resource below and sending or delivering a copy to each family in your congregation. We hope that celebrating God’s big Pentecost story will become a beloved yearly ritual. Let us know how it goes!