What is Pentecost? Pentecost is the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit which transformed the disciples and was the beginning of the church. Pentecost occurred 50 days after Easter Sunday which was 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus had already gone back to heaven so the disciples and new believers of Jesus were waiting to receive the Holy Spirit because that's what Jesus told them would happen. Holy Spirit would help bring them closer to God. since Jesus wasn't physically with them anymore.
Just before Jesus was taken up to heaven, he told his disciples that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came on them and they would be his witnesses in the whole world (Acts 1:8). Jesus had also said that the counsellor (or Holy Spirit) would be sent by the Father, that He would teach them all things and remind them of everything he had said to them (John14:26.)
Pentecost marked a huge change, as the disciples were feeling deflated and weak after Jesus had ascended but after the coming of the Holy Spirit they were now bold and empowered to preach the good news that Jesus had died and risen again so that people could know forgiveness and have a new relationship with God.
As a background to the story the animation ‘The Good Artist ,’
is a good way of understanding the whole story and it is a favourite of the children at Chiddingstone!
What does the word “Pentecost” mean? The term Pentecost comes from the Greek Πεντηκοστή (Pentēkostē) meaning "fiftieth". It refers to the festival celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, also known as the "Feast of Weeks" and the "Feast of 50 days" in rabbinic tradition.
Why is it important for the church? With the coming of the Holy Spirit , the church began and started to spread rapidly throughout the world.
Why is it important for Christians? The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity and brings life and the presence of Jesus to the believer. You might like to look at different aspects of the Holy Spirit in a prayer walk ( featured below) around your garden to explore this further
How can I remind myself of the Story of Pentecost?
- The story of Pentecost in children’s Bibles: The Jesus storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones and The Lion storyteller Bible are excellent versions and the story can be found in Acts chapter 2 . With older children, it might be good to read different versions of the Bible and see what new understanding that gives them . https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=acts+2+&version=NIV
- The animation which sets it out clearly for all ages.
Do take part in some of the activities set out below!
Above is Tully's beautifully painted dove.
Below are some wonderful Pentecost paintings by Annabel and Emily Robinson.
The children in school on Friday made a Pentecost 'Up' balloon , windmills and cookies as they celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the church over 2,000 years ago.
Online Safety Resources
During this time of school closure, young people's access to digital devices at home has increased. In order to support our children Thinkuknow have produced a range of age appropriate resources to help.
#OnlineSafetyAtHome packs are now available with new activities for parents and carers to use at home! Access them here:
Explaining coronavirus to children
To support parents explain Covid 19 and our current situation, renowned illustrator, Axel Scheffler of 'The Gruffalo' and 'Stick Man', has illustrated a book written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts.
This is a FREE digital information book for primary school age children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. It answers lots of questions in a child-friendly way, and aims to both inform and reassure. Published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Axel, the text had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and also two headteachers and a child psychologist. Take a look here...........
Parent access to resources at home.
Twinkl - Twinkl is a fantastic teaching resource that has a range of powerpoints and worksheets available for each year group and subject in line with the national curriculum. To support parents during this difficult period, Twinkl is offering access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. This is available to every parent and carer so your children can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.
Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS . You can create an account and access their resources if you are looking for additional work to do whilst at home.
Classroom secrets - Classroom secrets have added a free learning home resource pack for each year group - https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/
Kahoot - Kahoot has over 40,000 games and resources that they have made available for free - https://kahoot.
Things to keep you reading:
Please have a look through some of the fantastic resources via the link below to use for reading opportunities:
David Walliams is reading stories on line every day at 11 am - see the link below
There are 100s of free downloadable books on this website........
Here is a great way to start the day: https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html