Updated: May 23
Sunday is Pentecost!
Pentecost is the day that the church celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church. It is a major feast day so get ready to celebrate!
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he instructed his disciples to wait and pray in Jerusalem until they received the gift that he had promised. Jesus promised to send a helper, a comforter to his people. This Comforter would come bringing a baptism of fire and power. Through this Comforter, God would dwell with his people and he would give us new hearts and he would place a new spirit within us. What an amazing thing!
In 1 Corinthians 12, we are told that when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, he gives us all gifts.
“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the gift of wisdom, to another the gift of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”
Ways to celebrate
Celebrate the day of Pentecost by reading Acts 1-2 and 1 Corinthians 12:7-11. Look up and go over what each gift means. Make a Gifts of the Holy Spirit Mobile and as you are making it, pray that the Holy Spirit would give those gifts to you!
Instructions for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit Mobile
Trace and cut out a clip art image of a dove on white paper. Trace and cut out seven large yellow flame shapes, seven smaller orange tear drop shapes and seven even smaller red tear drop shapes. Glue an orange and then a red tear drop onto each yellow flame. Punch a hole in your dove and flames, write a gift of the Holy Spirit on the back of each flame, tie loops of twine through each shape and hang on a branch or from a chandelier.