19 May 2024
Bible readings for today
you brought the church to birth
through the gift of the Holy Spirit;
empower us by that same Spirit.
Grant the courage of the first disciples
to proclaim your life giving love to all.
Through Jesus Christ our Liberator,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Pentecost (Acts 2: 1-21)
The Day the church was created, as God sends the Holy Spirit to encourage and empower the disciples.
Gospel Conversations from the Diocese of Dunedin
This week Michael hosts a discussion with Gillian Townsley (St Hilda's and Otago University); Jenny Dawson (a past ministry educator and present spiritual director from Wellington Diocese) and Alec Clark (previous Duendin Diocese Ministry Educator). Together they start to untangle some of the complexities of John's story of the coming of the Spirit. (From last year's reading)
A reflection on Pentecost from Rev. Scottie Reeve, shared in lockdown.
What you need:
Popcorn , Popcorn maker / microwave, Recipe for coloured popcorn
Talk about what happened at Pentecost. Then show them some popcorn, talk about how the disciples were like this popcorn before Pentecost. When God sent his Holy Spirit, like the warm air in this popper, look what happened to them! They exploded! We all have loads of exciting possibilities inside us, we just need God, Jesus and the Holy spirit to let it all burst out.
Game: What country am I from?
You will need
White sticky labels and a pen.
Write the names of a different country on each of the labels.
What to do
An image from Rev. Sarah West at Visio Lectio
Download w/ background
Download: Dove + Flame Prayers and Flying Flames
Prayer for Pentecost
Here’s an all-age prayer for Pentecost written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Practicing Families.
For all of the ways you speak to us –
in rushing wind,
in dancing flames,
in words we understand,
and in all that transcends language,
we give thanks.
Give us courage to speak your love,
everywhere we go,
to everyone we meet.
Pentecost Flame Hats
You will need
You could get the children to write as many ways of saying hello in different languages that they can.
The BibleProject has some great resources to help unpack the whole story - particularly placing Pentecost within the context of Acts. They also have a podcast episode on this: Pentecost and the Expected Unexpected Spirit
BibleProject: Acts 1-7
BibleProject: The Holy Spirit
The Acts Poster from BibleProject (All Rights reserved) - free to download on their website.