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FAMILY ACTIVITIES for Pentecost

 

What Is Pentecost?

Well…simply put, Pentecost is a BIRTHDAY PARTY for the church. We’re celebrating the day God sent the Holy Spirit among us with Wind & Fire, so that we could could go out and share God’s love with the world.

 

Celebrating Pentecost With Balloons!

Get a bunch of balloons but don’t blow them up, yet. It’s great if you can find a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. Balloons are fun but they can’t do much when they aren’t blown up. They need to be filled with air first!

After Jesus went to heaven to be with God, the church was a bit like the deflated balloons. They people felt like they weren’t able to do much without him. That is, until God breathed life into them! Once the people were filled with the Holy Spirit, they were able to go out and tell people about Jesus and all of the wonderful things he had taught them. So we celebrate this day as the “birthday” of the church!

Now, fill up your balloons with air and see what they can do! Have the children notice how all of the balloons are different shapes and colours. What could each of the different shapes do? For example, the long skinny ones could be turned into balloon animals and the round ones could be used to play “pass the balloon” through the air. Imagine you are passing around the Holy Spirit as you toss the balloons in the air.

Then think if all the things you can do to share God’s Holy Spirit wth others!

 

How To Say “Hello” In Different Languages

When the Holy Spirit spread through the church, the people discovered that they could understand each other, even though they all spoke different languages. Maybe that’s because God’s love for all of us is the same in any language… no matter what size, shape or colour we are.

Have you ever wondered how people say hello to each other in different languages? Here is a fun video to help you get started!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAvc-NLVo7U

 

Decorating For Pentecost

Just like you would decorate for a birthday party, we decorate the church to celebrate Pentecost. We use the colour red a lot as it represents the flame of the Holy Spirit. If you watch the service this week, you’ll notice that there are a few different decorations around the Sanctuary. You can look at the pictures at the top of this post to get a closer look at some of them.

  • There is a red sash placed across the Hallelujah banner this week to represent the “Flame” of the Holy Spirit. If you watch the sash during the service, you’ll notice that it moves as well, being blown by “Wind” of the Holy Spirit.
  • There are colourful banners placed on the pulpit and lectern this week. These hangings were brought to Knox from Guatemala by one of our previous ministers. They certainly help brighten up the church and remind us that we are all part of God’s wonderful Rainbow!
  • Usually, there is a white cloth on the table when we have Communion. But this week, there is a red cloth instead.
  • Did you notice the flowers in the Virtual Worship this week? They were a mixture of red, yellow, pink and orange to represent the flame.
  • There are other images around the Sanctuary that represent the Holy Spirit as well, such as a dove taking flight. If you look at some of the stained glass windows at Knox, you’ll see a few of these images. (I took some pictures for you!) We also have a banner hanging in the Chapel with the dove surrounded by a rainbow…a symbol of God’s love for all of us!

Why don’t you decorate your own house for Pentecost? Can you find items that are red or that represent the wind and flames of the Holy Spirit that you could use to decorate? Maybe put up some red streamers or draw some pictures. How about making a windmill out of red paper? There are some instructions for you below!

Or do some special baking to have your own celebration at home. Bake a red velvet cake or have strawberries for dessert! Try the recipe below or use your imagination. But whatever you do… celebrate!

 

Sing Together

This is a well known song at Knox and describes how God’s Spirit “moves” us to do all sorts of things!

You Gotta Move When The Spirit Says Move

You gotta move when the Spirit says move

You gotta move when the Spirit says move

Cause when the Spirit says move, you gotta move oh yeah

You gotta move when the Spirit says move

 

You gotta sing when the Spirit says sing….

You gotta dance…

You gotta help…

You gotta share…

You gotta love…

You gotta care…

You gotta laugh…

You gotta cry…

You gotta hope…

(Keep going…add as many of your own verses as you can!)

You got to move when the Spirit says move” Traditional America; All rights reserved; Used with permission. Reprinted under OneLicense.net A-724418

 

Video Story Time

There are two story videos for you this week. The first one is called “Thank You From The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. The caterpillar is thankful for all of the things he’s learned, just like we are thankful for all of the things Jesus taught us.

The second story is just for a little bit of birthday fun to add to our celebrations! It’s called “Birthday Monsters” by Sandra Boynton. Enjoy!

 

 

How to Make a Paper Windmill

Try these easy instructions to make a windmill of your own!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yth6_O6ShPc

 

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Cake:

2 and 1/2 cups (340g) all-purpose flour

1/4 cup (35g) cornstarch

2 tablespoons (12g) unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick/115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

2 and 1/8 cups (425g) granulated sugar

1 cup (240 ml) vegetable or canola oil

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 and 1/4 teaspoons vinegar

2-3 tablespoons red food colouring

1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Grease two 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans that are at least 2-inches high, and line the bottom of the pan with a round piece of parchment paper. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. With a mixer, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Beat in oil. The batter might look a bit curdled, that's ok. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Add vanilla and vinegar and beat until combined. Add red food colouring, until desired colour is reached. With the mixer on low speed, add half of the dry ingredients and beat just until combined. Add buttermilk, followed by the rest of the dry ingredients. Do not over mix. Divide batter evenly between pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool in the pan on a wire rack until they're easy to handle, then remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting:

16 oz. (450g) block cream cheese, at room temperature

2 sticks/225g unsalted butter , softened to room temperature

4 cups (480g) powdered sugar, sifted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pinch of salt , optional

To make the frosting: In the bowl, beat butter and cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, 1-2 minutes. Add sugar in 2 additions, beating well after each addition until smooth. Add vanilla and salt and keep beating until smooth and fluffy.

Decorate with strawberries for an extra festive touch!