Watch on YouTube/read the Bible story online
Pentecost (the Jewish “Festival of Weeks”) happened fifty days after after Passover. The word “pentecost” comes from the Greek for “fiftieth”. It was originally a harvest festival but had also come to be a celebration of the giving of the law and the renewal of the covenant. Noise and fire might have brought to mind the story of Moses going up the mountain to receive the law.
In the Bible, the words for “wind” and “spirit” are the same (as is the word for “breath”, too). This is true both in Old Testament Hebrew and in New Testament Greek.
The list of nations makes a rough circle around Jerusalem. Parthians, Medes and Elamites came from some of what is now Iraq and Iran. Mesopotamia is more or less where Iraq, Syria and Turkey now come together. Judea is the area around Jerusalem itself. Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia are in modern Turkey. The parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene would be in the east of modern Libya (the part nearest to Egypt). The people could have been pilgrims at the festival or people who had moved to Jerusalem from places Jewish people had spread to over the previous centuries.
|/quickbuild Make an object – we will tell you what you have to create and give you five minutes to work on it!
|/home Make your way into church. We will read the first prayer (laminated sheets) and listen to the story.
Refreshments are served!
|/pentecost You have 20 minutes or so to build something in response to the story, either on your own, or team up with others. Some ideas:
· Make a room where the disciples were hiding after the death of Jesus
· Create a crowd with different groups showing different nationalities
· Use Google translate to look up “Pentecost” in different languages – add the translation to signs next to each group (German – Pfingsten)
· Show fire coming down from heaven
· Design something that shows a complete change – ice/fire, dark/light, desert/water
If you don’t fancy building you can go back to the home village (/home) and read the story again in the church, or read some of the other stories in the library, or you might want to just explore the world, or work on your house.
|While you are creating, think about these questions with the adults on your table.
· which part of this story you like the best?
· what part is the most important?
· where you are in this story or what part of the story is about you?
· if there is any part of this story we can leave out and still have all the story we need?
There are many other things that can make us WONDER – what are you thinking about?
|/home Back to the church for our final prayer (laminated sheet)
|/home We’ll put some music on and let your Minecraft characters dance about using jumping or emotes!
|Free play while the adults tidy up!!