Pentecost originates from the Jewish Festival of Weeks, celebrated 50 days after Passover. Today, Christians celebrate the feast of Pentecost 50 days after Easter. It celebrates the moment when the Holy Spirit empowered the followers of Christ. According to the Bible, the followers of Jesus were hiding in an upper room when the Holy Spirit descended upon them with a great wind and tongues of fire. Afterward, the followers went into the streets, where they spoke in a variety of languages.
Happy Birthday Pentecost Cupcakes
Pentecost is considered the birthday of Christianity. Every child knows that a birthday must have cake. Celebrate Christianity's birthday with special homemade cupcakes. Start out with white cake batter. Give each child the chance to pour some into a paper cupcake liner in the pan. Give each child a fork and place three drops of red food colouring into the white batter. As the children stir the colour into the batter, talk about how the Holy Spirit colours the soul of the Christian. After baking the cupcakes, decorate the tops with white icing and red sprinkles, or red icing with white sprinkles.
Tongues of Fire Bible Verse Game
This game is designed to teach children about how the "word of God" came down in "Tongues of Fire." Before class, cut out strips of paper or foam long enough to wrap around a child's head. Glue the ends to form a headband. Cut large flame shapes out of red and orange construction paper. Choose several short Bible verses. Write a single word of the Bible verse on each flame and glue the flame to the headband. During class, separate the children into groups. Place a headband with a single word on each child's head. Ask each group to rearrange themselves to "write" the verse in tongues of fire.
Wind and Fire Relay Race
Cut a 2-foot strip of red crepe paper and a 2-foot strip of orange crepe paper. Divide the class into two groups. Ask the children to make two straight lines. Give each child a straw. Starting with the first child in the line, ask each child to blow their team's strip of crepe paper across the room and back to the next child. The first team that has every member blow their "fire" to the end of the room and back wins.
Pentecost Wind Socks
Cut red, yellow and orange tissue paper into 1-by-12-inch strips. Ask each child to glue the strips to the long edge of an 8-by-12-inch piece of construction paper. Turn the paper over and decorate the other side with glitter and paper cutouts of doves and flames. Roll the paper into a tube and staple the 8-inch sides together. Punch two holes into the end of the tube without the streamers. Tie strings to each of these holes. Tie the other end of the strings to a pencil or dowel. Place the new wind sock outside and watch the power of the wind.