Pentecost for the Whole Family
Six ways to help kids encounter the Holy Spirit.
Every morning as a family, we pray for the Holy Spirit to help us act more like Jesus. I often say, “oh, I can see that the Holy Spirit is working here or there or in you or in a sibling or wherever.” I think the kids are really beginning to understand who the Spirit is and why we need him! Pentecost is the perfect opportunity to spend a bit of extra time reflecting on the Holy Spirit as a family. Here are a few suggestions:
- Celebrate the birthday of the church with a birthday party. Wear hats that look a bit like flames and decorate with firey coloured streamers. Eat cake!
- Fold origami birds and hand them around the house. Talk about how the Spirit comes to us. Remember how the Spirit came upon Jesus in the form of a dove.
- Pull out a few children’s Bibles. Read a few versions of the Pentecost story.
- Pull up some images of Pentecost by gifted artists on Google Images. Look. Admire. Compare and contrast how the pictures highlight different parts of the story.
- Pray for each member of the family. Lay hands on each other and ask Jesus to fill that person with the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Discuss what some of the family’s mission opportunities are, talk about what spiritual gifts are needed to do those ministries well and pray for the Holy Spirit to come with those gifts for the sake of the kingdom.
If you want to teach the kids in your life about the Holy Spirit, you need to know and feel excited about what the Holy Spirit is doing in your life! Consider taking a free online crash course/refresher on the Holy Spirit offered by Dunamis at prmi.org.