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Pentecost

Moved here from the Help Forum...in response to someone who had asked for ideas about doing a Pentecost program as a part of their worship service (to involve the kids in worship and as something different than doing a Christmas program every year).

Posted by Luanne Payne on Feb. 7, 2013

Just Add Kids Rockin' Rainstick Music Activities Elementary [With CD], by Linda Ray Miller, Abingdon Press, 2002, 9780687030590.  The book is out of print, but you can still find new and used copies online.

This book includes a  “Pentecost Duet” (which is actually talking in two parts, with lines for everyone to say together as well) VERY COOL!  Audience participation ..... and the kids do the sound effects.  Tells the story of Pentecost.  Crowd and kid pleaser!  Note:  I added the special sound effects noted below.

My notes on doing the “Pentecost Duet”:

  • I put the text on overheads and split the congregation down the middle.
  • I explained to the congregation what we were doing and how to do it by testing a few lines with them until they got the hang of it.  Then we did it start to finish.
  • The kids were spread out in the choir loft and in the balcony.  They did the sound special wind and fire effects (see below).
  • Another time for an intergenerational service, the congregation was split into several smaller groups and traveled to different Pentecost workshops where the kids where the teachers. The picture below shows them using the Whistling Tubes for the wind.
  • What we used for wind and fire:
    • WIND – Buy “Whistling Tubes” or also Hampton UC, ON Canada Pentecostcalled “Sound Tubes” – when you whirl it over your head it makes a whistling sound, different speeds make the pitch lower or higher.   Was very effective when we used them.  The photo to the left showing them in action at our church.
    • FIRE - kids made fire by cutting streamers into 5” lengths – two lengths each of orange, yellow, and red.  Attach them to the end of a large tongue depressor, that has white glue brushed onto one end. Use additional glue to attached each coloured piece to one or the other sides of tongue depressor, then finish by wrapping clear tape around/over the streamer part that has been glued, so they will hold up well (for all the shaking). These they shook over their heads for fire.  Makes a nice fire burning rustling sound. You can see one in the above photo the kids had made.
  • The kids all had a fire in one hand and the wind in their other hand. I had a predetermined signal for them to stop and start each time (by simple raising and then lowering my arm – (Left- Wind / Right- Fire / UP - GO  / DOWN -STOP ) by watching me as they could not all see the overhead on the wall of the script.
  • You'll need someone to run the overheads as there are four pages.

On March 17, 2013 Neil MacQueen added...

How about a skit themed on sailboats, ...setting your sail to catch God's wind.
Great visual possibilities. Church as boat etc.

I created a song for kids in our Faith Through the Roof CD titled "We'll Follow the Son (Set Sail)" that has an evangelistic tone. Its Free, easy to sing, for the guitar, and contemporary sounding. I even have the instrumental backing track if you wanted that. The song tune was written on a sailboat and feels like you're bounding.
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We'll Follow the Son (Set Sail)
(chords: D, Dsus, G, A)

Verse 1
The Captain is calling, young women, young men climb aboard. A new wind is blowing, set sail! for the distant shore.

Refrain:
And we will ride the waves together, while we are still young, we'll follow the son.

Verse 2
Bring others to know him, seek justice, do mercy and love. Remember you life is a gift from high up above.

Refrain:
And we will ride the waves together, while we are still young, we'll follow the son.

Bridge:
The captain is calling, there's work to be done.
With friends and for strangers the kingdom is to come!

Verse 3
The Captain is calling, young women, young men climb aboard.
A new wind is blowing, set sail for the distant shore.

Refrain:
And we will ride the waves together, while we are still young, we'll follow the son (x2)

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