Crafting and imagining our way through the Church Year
The Spark of Life!
Normally, we try very hard to to put fires out, but Pentecost is the time we look at different images of fire and wonder what they can tell us about the Spirit!
To you, is the Spirit a bonfire around which community gathers, a lantern to light your path, a candle to warm your evening, or a forest fire making way for new growth?
This promise is for you, your children, and for all who are far away—as many as the Lord our God invites.
In Acts we hear how the followers of Jesus were able to be understood in many different languages. Why not explore what some of your favourite words are in different languages? (Check out the European Word Translator to see a simultaneous translations.) You could even try making a word collage!
For a church service share greetings and scripture readings in the many languages represented by your community!
If you haven’t yet discovered the Spark Story Bible it is a wonderful resource with child-friendly paraphrases of biblical stories. Their retelling of Acts 2:1-21 is a great way to explore Pentecost with folks of all-ages.
Make a fire-y paper spirit spinner and watch your design come to life! This reminds us of the whirlwind in Acts 2. All you need is paper, a piece of cardboard, scissors, string and some markers! Check-out this easy tutorial video here.
Does Jesus want us to have a bonfire?
Looking for a fun and safe Pentecost activity? If your local governance allows, why not have a celebratory bonfire? You can talk about what it might have looked like when the tongues of flames licked the heads of Jesus’ followers while roasting marshmallows!
If you have a big stash of building blocks why not separate out the liturgical colours for that season and invite everyone to be creative and design something Pentecost-themed?
You could build a fire, or the room the followers were huddled in when the Spirit descended!
Nothing says “winds of the Spirit” like some homemade wind chimes!
You can purchase supplies to make your own, or recycle old mason jar lids, keys, bottle caps and buttons for a creation-friendly design.
These FREE printables from Faith@Home (from Pacific Mountain Region’s First Third Ministry) are awesome! There’s family activity suggestions, a copy of the Acts 2:1-15 story, birth cake recipes and tons more! We’re especially big fans of their play-dough prayers mats.
Why not try some fire-y colouring on black paper, instead of white! It’s a little change but can bring a fun perspective to playing with dark and light. Using yellows, red, oranges, blues and whites make your flames pop! Add your cut-out flame to a paper headband for a fun Pentecost headpiece.
Enjoy origami and papercrafts? Try these kirigami paper spirals. They have a definite flame look to them.
You can make them with red, orange and yellow OR try some double-sided multicoloured origami paper for a wild look! Check-out this video tutorial.
We’re retelling the story of the room the Apostles gathered in while creating our own diorama. An old box and unfinished pegs/wooden dolls are the perfect canvas to talk about the story and create something imaginative. We especially enjoy creating the sound of the rushing wind together!
Looking for a way to reconnect with folks for Pentecost? The pandemic has made it hard to keep up our church-connections especially with offline members. St. John’s United is delivering Pentecost cupcakes to our disconnected members with a reverse-birthday card!
Sometimes we over complicate things. Free play is another way we connect with the Creating Spirit that hovered over the waters. Why not grab some paint brushes, paint and pine cones. Spend some time connecting and talking about what the Spirit means to you, about the colours of fire and flame.
If you have a lot of random fabric tucked away like Shanna, this is a great Pentecost craft, just tear long strips of fire or wind inspired colours and knot them onto a stick, or a wreath ring, or an embroidery ring. Stay tuned for a Rainbow/Pride themed one as well!
Here’s some of our favourite images available for use in worship.