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Below is a list of great Pentecost Lessons and Ideas that we've gleaned from our Act 2 Forum ~ here at Rotation.org. We chose them for their "ease of use" for at-home or in-church during the COVID pandemic and beyond.

Many of these ideas and mini-lessons would be great to use all summer long as we help families and kids REKINDLE and CELEBRATE their relationship with the church. After all, Pentecost is a season and a mindset, not just a day.

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WTArt-Pentecost This great Art Project in our Writing Team's Pentecost Art Workshop features a "paint blowing" activity that can easily be done at home. One of the things I love about this lesson is how the "art action" mimics and reinforces the idea of "breath" (spirit) and how the Spirit inspires and moves us.

Fun "Mighty Wind Leaf Blower" Demonstration and Game from our Writing Team's Pentecost Games Workshop. This fun lesson can also be adapted as a children's sermon.

Yum... Here's a tasty "Fruit or Cheese Blintz" Cooking lesson from our Writing Team's Pentecost Cooking Workshop. This traditional sweet dessert is eaten on the Jewish festival of Shavu'ot —the holy day also known as "Pentecost" . The ingredients remind us of the Spirit's goodness to us.  Easy to make.


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Sidewalk Chalk "Pentecost Walk" --an idea for creating a gallery of Pentecost images and messages at church or at home.

"We are One in the Spirit" Color Spinning Wheel craft and lesson idea. This uses an easy-to-make-at-home "Newton Spinning Wheel" toy.

Pentecost Flame Temporary Tattoos for Kids!  --as highlighted by Cathy in our Treasures of Rotation.org forum.

Printable at-home and easy-in-church Pentecost Art Project that reflects on the Pentecost art of Edgardo Guzman.

Four Good Video Clips on YouTube to Share:

Day of Pentecost animated presentation for younger children (from Tommy Nelson publishers)

The excellent What's in the Bible? series has a good 2-minute retelling and explanation of the Story of Pentecost for elementary-age children.

Saddleback Kids' Animated Video of The Story of Pentecost: God Sends the Holy Spirit.


A Great Music Video to Share and Discuss with older kids and adults

Start a Fire in My Soul by Unspoken was one of the most popular Christian contemporary songs of the past few years. Share the music video and some questions, like,

  • The scenes in the video reflect the lead singer's real-life desire to have a more fulfilling life, one that's more pleasing to God. So in the video he leaves his coffee shop job and collects other members of the band who also want to make a difference in the world.
  • What difference would you like to make in the world?
  • What are you "on fire about" in your soul right now? (or would you like to be on fire about?)
  • What changes could you make in your life to begin to make more of a difference in the world?

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More "Easy" Pentecost lesson and celebration ideas can be found here in our Acts 2 Forum!

Among other things, they include Pentecost windsock projects, Holy Spirit Trading Cards, a pinwheel project, and Pentecost bubbles.

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Here is a simple, colorful, brief video explaining for children of what Pentecost is:



Building Faith also has some object lesson and children sermon suggestions for Pentecost that would work in class or at home in this blog posting by Alison Juurinen: Sharing the Pentecost Story with Video & Activities:

"Pentecost has the potential to be one of the most ridiculously fun days of the entire liturgical year, in my opinion. It’s not every weekend you get to launch things into the air at church, but if you’re going to do it, by golly this is the time. And fun flying objects are a great way to do intergenerational ministry – the kids bring their apparently limitless energy and enthusiasm, and somehow the adults always seem to catch a little of it too."

Celebrate Spirit Week at Home:  Starting on Pentecost
50 days after Easter, with a mighty rush of wind God poured out God’s Holy Spirit on the disciples as they were gathered in Jerusalem. The Spirit empowered
them to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to all people.  You can read the whole story of Pentecost in the book of Acts, Chapter 2.
Spirit Week is an invitation to focus on the work of the Holy Spirit in our world today.  Throughout the week are suggestions, reflections, and reminders that the Holy Spirit works through each of us and sometimes in ways we don’t even understand.
Have fun and may the Spirit fill you with joy this week!

Pentecost Sunday:  Wear red wherever you may be.

Monday:  Light a candle and pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in the world.

Tuesday:  Thank someone for their work or who has been a faith mentor to you.

Wednesday:  Greet people using a foreign language.

Thursday:  Go outside and feel the wind on your face as a reminder of the Holy Spirit at work in your life.   

Friday:  Mis-matched socks day - A reminder that we don’t always understand how the Holy Spirit works

Saturday:  Do an act of kindness.

Sunday:  Worship giving thanks and praise to God the Creator, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit on this Holy Trinity Sunday.
Additional Activities:  
Reflection - How is the Holy Spirit working in and through you?
  • Look in the mirror…
  • Look at a photo of you or your family…
  • Draw a picture of you and the Holy Spirit at work…
  • Say a prayer before you eat.  The simple act of prayer will open the door for the Holy Spirit to work. Samples of prayers may be found at www.GloriaDeiKids.org.  

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