"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them" (Acts 2:1-4).
I know what you're thinking, "You are a bit early for the celebration of Pentecost." The pentecost readings coincide with our home school lessons on Confirmation and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I thought this was a good opportunity to make some Pentecost related crafts.
Here I drew a dove, a tongue of fire and beams of light from Heaven to show Alex symbols of the Holy Spirit. Alex then colored the picture. Of course, an image of the Holy Spirit needs to be made special by glitter glue decorations.
Annie painted this very fiery painting the next day. So we hung it alongside our Holy Spirit image.
Then we made tongues of fire hats. I drew the flame pieces and the kids cut them out and glued them onto the headbands. Alex traded me hats. He thought mine looked nicer.
Here is Kristiana working very hard on cutting out her flame pieces. It was a challenge for her, especially since she is left-handed. She very much wanted to succeed.
Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, /
Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise, /
by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, /
and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. /
O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.
Check out this beautifully sung Troparion. It's too lovely not to click.