Pentecost, also known as the Birthday of the Church, is the celebration of the Holy Spirit coming down to the disciples after Jesus ascended into heaven. It is typically celebrated the 7th Sunday after Easter. This year, the Pentecost celebration is June 4, 2017. If you miss Pentecost, however, you can celebrate the Holy Spirit any time!
Intro Questions for the Family
What is Pentecost?
Why do you think we need the Holy Spirit?
How does the Holy Spirit work in your life?
Read the Story
Watch the Story
There is nothing like reading a story straight from the Bible to help you understand exactly what God wants you to know. Sometimes it is fun to read or watch an interpretation after you have all the facts.
Here is a great description of Pentecost from one of our favorite series, What’s In the Bible. (You can see more about What’s in the Bible in the sidebar.)
Since most kids enjoy Legos (and parents enjoy Ikea!), try out this description of Pentecost:
Talk About It
Reread verse 2. What did the Holy Spirit sound like when it came?
Reread verse 3. What did the Holy Spirit look like when it came?
What does this tell you about the Holy Spirit? Is it powerful? Strong?
What great thing did the disciples do right after they were filled with the Holy Spirit? (verse 4,6)
We love to worship with our kids. When you find a great worship song, it really drives the theme home. Not to mention, God deserves our worship. As parents, we need to be modeling worship for our children.
Here is a fun little song for preschoolers that describes the Bible story:
Here is another fun little song for preschoolers that helps them understand what the Holy Spirit is:
Here is a song about Jesus living in us:
Thank God for His Holy Spirit. Pray that you will listen to the Holy Spirit and follow Him closely.
- Enjoy some birthday cake and ice cream in celebration of the Birthday of the Church. Talk about how the disciples followed the Holy Spirit and the church grew.
- Talk about how the Holy Spirit has lead your family in the past and/or how He might be leading you presently. Pray about what God might be wanting you to do as a family. Take the next step in faith!
Spread the Love
Take a birthday cake or candle to a friend. Tell the story about the Birthday of the Church.
How does your family celebrate Pentecost?