Sunday, 1 June 2014

S-T-O-C-K-S Sessions: Pentecost Mobile

Pentecost is a difficult time for anyone to get their head around let alone for children who have just learnt all about Jesus dying on the cross, being buried and then rising from the dead.

I didn't know how to approach this session with the children but found a friendly storytelling version via my closest friend Uncle Google. I came across a website called DLTK's and found their children-friendly version of story telling Pentecost:

What is Pentecost?  This is a very special time in the Bible when the disciples and other Christians received the Holy Spirit.  Before I explain why and how this happened there's a few things you need to know first.
God didn't just pick any day for this to happen.  Like everything God does, he has a specific time, purpose and reason for it and Pentecost was no exception.
Pentecost occurred 50 days after Easter Sunday or 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead.  Jesus had already gone back to Heaven so the disciples and new believers of Jesus were waiting to receive the Holy Spirit because that's what Jesus told them would happen.  Plus, since Jesus wasn't with them any more the Holy Spirit would help bring them closer to God.
Just before Jesus was taken up to heaven he told them that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them and they'd be his witnesses in the whole world (Acts 1:8).  Even more, he told them much earlier that the counselor (or Holy Spirit) would be sent by the Father, that He would teach them all things and remind them of everything he said to them (John14:26).
So, the Holy Spirit is super helpful to us! He becomes a part of us when we become a Christian and understand that Jesus died and rose for us.  When we're ready to try to live a life pleasing to God the Holy Spirit becomes part of us so we have a part of God with us all the time. By Leanne Guenther

When looking on Pinterest I found lots of different activities from decorating the altar front with a huge hanging dove mobile and flaming altar cloth to a single flame headband. I decided to follow the steps from a Catholic blog called Catholic Icing Although we have different beliefs I found some similarities and some lovely crafts which we can adapt to fit our faith.

This Dove mobile for example was a template from Catholic Icing  Here is a picture from their site:

Picture courtesy of  the Catholic Icing Blog

And here is a picture of my template for the children:

I just changed the hanging pear-drops to flames to represent the burning bush and then I changed the wording to familiar words told in the story/explanation.

To make the dove mobile you need:
Paper Plates
Red, Orange, Yellow and Black felt tip pens
Red wool/string/ribbon
Red, yellow and orange card

First cut out six flame shapes (two of each colour). On the flames write, or ask the children to write the following words:

The words we used were:
Holy Spirit

Then draw two lines on your paper plate - these will become the wings. In the centre of the plate draw the doves body - this will be a half circle for the head, a body shape (or rectangular shape for the younger ones) then flick the two sides out for the tail:

Please ignore the hole in the middle we were recycling old paper plates - the children didn't notice.
Once these are cut out and you have drawn eyes, a beak and some feet on the dove you can secure the wings to the back of the dove using sellotape and begin sticking different lengths of the red string/wool again to the back of the dove. You will need 6 different lengths for the flames and one long piece to hang the mobile when its completed:

One of our S-T-O-C-K-S members dove :-) Great first effort.
The last bit is self explanatory in that you attach the flames to the wool/string with a little tape on the back of the flames:

Some of the childrens work :-) 

Great job by the children :-) With their additional word searches and colouring in pages too.
The children weren't the only ones who learnt something today. I learnt that anything is possible and that people may just surprise you but their willingness to listen and therefore learn. Everything is subject to change and maybe we all need to make a few tweaks/adjustments to make our lives fit in with our faith. For our faith is our life.

Until next time,
Every Blessing

Kate at S-T-O-C-K-S

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