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Pentecost (Acts 2) | Craft 1

Pentecost spinner craft

These little Pentecost spinner crafts are super fun to play with, they require no glue and spin in a beautiful whirl of flames from whatever height. It’s also one of those things that once you’ve made them once, it’s super quick and easy to make again and again!

Pentecost spinner craft setup

To make this craft, you will need the 1-page template printout and scissors.

Pentecost spinner craft step 1

Cut out all three shapes.

(Younger groups: those sides do need to be pretty straight when threading the pieces together, so keep an extra pair of scissors handy for later or pre-cut.)

Pentecost spinner craft step 2

Fold each strip along the solid black line so the print remains on the outside.

Pentecost spinner craft step 3

Without opening up, fold again. This time along the dotted black line so the print remains on the outside.
It may help later if you fold this fold both ways.

Pentecost spinner craft step 4

Open out the yellow strip completely.

Pentecost spinner craft step 5


Wrap the orange strip around the yellow strip.

Pentecost spinner craft step 6

Wrap the red strip around the orange strip in the same way.

Pentecost spinner craft step 7

The yellow strip is going to wrap round the red one.
To accomplish this, sit up your red and orange strips so you form what looks like the corner of a cube.

Pentecost spinner craft step 8

Wrap the yellow strip around, threading the end with no flame through the loop formed by the orange strip.

Pentecost spinner craft complete

Your spinner is complete. Drop it from any height to watch it spin to the floor – the higher, the better!

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Pentecost (Acts 2) | Games

Pentecost is a day of movement, the elements of the story are dynamic, rushing wind, flickering flames, counting days and speaking tongues. These games tie into some of those ideas and are suitable for a variety of set-ups and groups.

Rebuilding the Flames

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Under 7’s

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Any size group

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Requires setup time

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Quiet game

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Space needed

Print the picture provided and cut apart. Hide the pieces of the jigsaw around the room. Find all the pieces and reassemble the picture. (click on the image for PDF)
Link: Holy Spirit separated over each person’s head.

Who Has The Fire?

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All Ages

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Can be seated

Choose a child or adult to cover their eyes. Pass around a picture of a flame. When the person with the covered eyes says “STOP!”, the child holding the flame must hide it on their person. Can the person who covered their eyes find it? What clues can we give them?
Link: The Holy Spirit stays with us today even if we can’t see it.

10 Hallelujah

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Under 7’s

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No Setup time

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This building memory game has each person say a number, then an action. Eg. First person “1 clap,” second person “1 clap, 2 jump,” third person “1 clap, 2 jump, 3 spin,” and so on until you get to 10 and shout “hallelujah” and reset
Link: Waiting for the Holy Spirit.

Take aim

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Ages 7+

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For this game, you’ll need some small pieces of paper, a fan, and a tub of some kind. The challenge is to get the small pieces of paper across a gap into the tub. Once the child works out a way of doing this, introduce the fan. Talk about the effect the fan, and the wind it produced, had on the outcome.
Link : the Holy Spirit came as a wind as well as a flame.

Pentecost (Acts 2) | Character Images

 

Pent (Acts 1)

Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to ‘Pentecost (Acts 2)’- where the Holy Spirit first descends on the church.
Each hero set contains a high quality graphic of the character, a take home bible card and a colouring page.

The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.
(These images are not copyright free, they are for personal/classroom use only.)

 

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123-crowd123-crowd

 

Large image for illustrating the story or putting on a large screen.

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Grab the Phone background here.

JWL phone background

Pentecost (Acts 2) | Craft 1

Pentecost flames craft

There are no shortage of sheep-based stories in the bible, and this little sheep craft could serve so many of them well.

Pentecost flames craft setup

To make this craft, you will need the 1-page template printout, a candle, glue, and scissors.
(ignore the stapler that sneaked into this image, it should have been a glue stick – oops!)

Pentecost flames craft cut

Print onto acetate, then cut out all the shapes. Make sure to remove the red edge on the stand piece.

Pentecost flames craft layer

At this point, you can choose to layer your flame pieces while they are flat and skip the next steps with the real flame.

Pentecost flames craft curl

Light a candle. Holding the base of each flame firmly, hover the top edges around 5-10 cm above the lit flame. Move as soon as you see them moving. This is a very inexact science, and you can rewarm and straighten a little if needed.

Pentecost flames craft stacked

Repeat for all your flame pieces, then work out your stacking order.

Pentecost flames craft attach

To attach our flame, we are going to use small blobs of glue at the base of the flame pieces. The glue will show, so try to keep it stacked.

Pentecost flames craft connected

Once your flame is together, give it a moment to dry.

Pentecost flames craft stand

To make the stand, fold the strip along the two red dotted lines.

Pentecost flames craft final attachment

Add glue to the small semicircles at each end, then attach to either side of your flame

Pentecost flames craft in use example

To wear your hovering flame, either slide the sand onto a hairband or thread a ribbon through. You can also thread your fingers through the stand and hold on your head.

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Help keep the free items on this site free by donating. This site supports my family as we live by God's great economy.

A4 size
(210 x 297 mm)

Download colour

US letter size
(8.5″ x 11″)

Download colour

Pentecost (Acts 2) | Story

It’s the churches birthday! It can be tempting to rush to the good bit of this story where there are tongues of fire and the gift of tongues. However, we must start with Jesus’s words to his disciples; otherwise the events would have made no sense to the believers.

This retold version of the Bible passage is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Acts 2

Biblical retelling of Pentecost (Acts 2) for youngsters.

Jesus had left. The apostles gathered every day in Jerusalem, waiting. Jesus had told them to wait.

Day one: They were stunned, sitting around excited and confused.

Day two: They started whispering, wondering, what was the Father’s promise, what was the Holy Spirit, that Jesus had said would come.

Day three, then day four: People returned to work. Meals were cooked. Life continued, but the disciples waited. They knew it would be something special.

Day five, then day six: People started to prepare for the upcoming feast.

The Shavuot feast was a chance to celebrate the harvest. It happened seven weeks after Passover, 50 days, and so it was sometimes called Pentecost.

Day ten: Pentecost came. Slowly, the rooms the disciples were in grew fuller and fuller as everyone came to spend the celebration with the apostles. Outside, people rushed back and forth. Many had stayed in Jerusalem since Passover for this day.

It was nine in the morning when the talk in the rooms was silenced by a loud noise. It was the sound of a rushing wind filling the house. The disciples looked around confused. Was this what they had been waiting for? Alongside the wind came flames that seemed to float in the air around them. The flames slowly rested above each of the disciples’ heads, and someone at the edge of the room breathed a quiet “Hallelujah!”

Suddenly everyone realised what was happening. This was God. This was God gifting them, each and every one of them, from Peter the Rock to the forgotten faces. This was what Jesus had told them to wait for, and they couldn’t hold back the praise any longer. They opened their mouths, and the noise was amazing; words of praise to God filled the air. Words they knew well and words in languages they didn’t know they could speak as God gifted them.

The doors flung open, and those passing by were astounded to see a crowd and hear their own languages spoken. “How is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?” they asked. “What does this mean?”

Peter stood up and quietened the crowd. He told them about Jesus. He told them about the gift God had given them of the Holy Spirit. Many joined the believers that day, and the church was born.

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