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Five Simple Pentecost Celebration Ideas

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Tomorrow the Church traditionally celebrates Pentecost.  Here are few things we’ve been doing around my house to celebrate.

I hope these 5 ideas spark great discussions at your dinner table!

1.  Pentecost in the New Covenant as a reversal of the Tower of Babel

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TOWER OF BABEL ~~AND~~ TONGUES OF FIRE

 

This first craft is very similar to my Pentecost post from  a couple of years ago.

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Pentecost craft from 2013 post

 We first talked about the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11 , the sin of the people to stay together and build the tower, and the confusion of the language after the sin of the people.

“Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as the people migrated from the east, they found a plain the land of Shinar and settled there.”  Gen 11:1

What a contrast to the command God had given in Genesis 1 to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” and again in Genesis 9– “fill the earth.”

Then, we talked about Pentecost as a sort of reversal or overcoming of Babel…

confusion vs. understanding

falling in sin vs. deliverance

 dispersion vs. gathering, etc.

I recently heard a pastor say that “our leaders want ‘one nation for every religion’ but Christians want ‘one Church of every nation.’ ”  That’s Pentecost– a bringing together of all nations so that they can carry the Gospel and God’s glory to the ends of the earth!

For this craft, the kids colored a Tower of Babel coloring page red, yellow, and orange as we reviewed and discussed the story.  We cut it out and added a face that could represent God as the people tried to build the tower to reach the heavens.

Then, we turned our papers upside down, we had a REVERSAL OF THE TOWER OF BABEL– PENTECOST!  Tongues of fire!

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2.  Pentecost Song

“The Pentecost Song,” set to the tune of “Frère Jacques”

Flames of Fire, Flames of Fire

Mighty Wind, Mighty Wind

The Holy Spirit’s coming, the Holy Spirit’s coming

With His power, with His power

3.  Pentecost Cake for the “Birthday” of the Church

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Happy Birthday Christ’s Church! Pentecost Cake!

How about a Sunday treat?  Birthday cake!  We made Pentecost cake for the birth of the church for our fellowship meal tomorrow.     Sing “Happy Birthday” to the Church!

4.  Comparison of Feasts and Reading of Ruth

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.”  Acts 2:1

The feast of Passover was the first of 3 major feasts for the Israelites, followed by Shavuoth (Pentecost, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Harvest)  and Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths).  

Shavuoth is the Hebrew word for “weeks.”

Pentecost is a Greek word which means “fiftieth day.”

“You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that brought the sheaf of the wave offering.  You shall count fifty days to the day after the Sabbath.  Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the LORD.”  Leviticus 23:15+

As a farmer’s wife, I find it so interesting that the feasts revolved around the agriculture, the harvests…

Passover is identified with the barley harvest.  Pentecost is identified with the wheat harvest.  

Ruth is traditionally read during Pentecost because of the association with the wheat harvest.  We’ve been reading Ruth at my house this week and noticing the mention of the harvests as well as the inclusion of this Moabite into God’s people and God’s plan.  Hmmmm… sounds a lot like Pentecost!

More food for thought…. In what ways did Christ and His Spirit  fulfill the feast of Passover (Easter)?  Pentecost?  What is the significance of these Old Covenant feasts for us?

5.  The Prefix Penta / Pent

Pentecost means fiftieth day and is the seventh Sunday after Easter.  We talked briefly this week about how “penta” means five.  What words do we use with this prefix?  pentagon….pentathlon

I hope you have a wonderful Pentecost celebration with your family!  Grab a cake or some goodies, sing Happy Birthday to Christ’s Church, and have a great Pentecost discussion with your crew!

Visit a previous Pentecost post  with additional activities HERE.

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A Fun “Kick Off” for Lent {and more Easter activities}

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Here’s a great visual we are using as a Lenten “kick off”….

I put vase of white flowers on the breakfast table for a few days to spark some curiosity!  My children didn’t know the water in the vase had been tinted with red food coloring.

“I bought these beautiful white flowers for our table to celebrate Lent!  Lent begins this week!  Aren’t they pretty?  These white flowers really remind me of Jesus.  Why do you think I would say that?  Why does white remind me of Jesus?”

It didn’t take long for the children to notice a change!

“MOM!  Mom, look at this!  This petal is turning red!”

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Watching the white flowers turn red has given us the opportunity to talk about what Jesus did at the cross when He took our sin upon Himself… the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!   You could do this activity any time during Lent or as a visual on Good Friday.

Here are activities we did last year to count down to Easter:

Click to visit each post.

Family Lenten Devotions and Easter Tree Ornaments

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Empty Tomb Cookies

Each step in making these cookies tells a different part of the Easter story.  They stay in the oven overnight, and there is a surprise the next morning!

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Christian Easter Hunt

There are no eggs in this Easter hunt!  Kids find objects that tell about Jesus’ last days on Earth.  It was fun to find olives, old shoes, marshmallows, soap, and more!  If you don’t want to do the hunt, just get the objects and use them for retelling the Easter story.  Then, let your kids put them in order!

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Wordless Book with a Song for Sharing the Good News

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John 13 Activity

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I hope you enjoy counting down the days to Easter with your little ones!

Simple Seuss Celebration

If you missed Dr. Seuss’ birthday yesterday, take a morning this week to be a fun mom and make green eggs and ham for breakfast to celebrate! All you need is blue food coloring! Or, trace Dad with sidewalk chalk on the driveway and “Hop on Pop”! 🙂

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Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904.  That means his birthday is tomorrow!  This “holiday” was a big deal when I taught First Grade!  However, we kept things simple here.  We decided to celebrate with an easy breakfast of Green Eggs and Ham!

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(We had to celebrate early because Saturdays in our house are reserved for donuts… at least in the winter when Daddy is not in the field and can go to town to get them!)

The kids mixed BLUE food coloring with YELLOW eggs (and also ham) to make GREEN EGGS AND HAM!  

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS!

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Blessing Mix {printable}

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One of our favorite fall and Thanksgiving treats is Blessing Mix!

Mix it up and pass along some love to someone this fall!

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If you’d like to print snack mix labels, you can use Avery 8164 shipping labels or just use card stock and cut the tags apart.  There is a small space at the bottom if you’d like to add your name! 🙂

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Click the image below to download or print:

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Click here to download snack mix labels!

happy fall yall

Pumpkin Party! {our week of pumpkin lessons and fun}

We spent a week in homeschool last year having a Pumpkin Party! I guess you might call it a “pumpkin unit study.” We kicked off the week with pumpkin pancakes on orange paper plates made to look like pumpkins, and we had a pumpkin snack each day! We had pumpkin crafts, spelling words, math, and games! It was a fun week that the kids still talk about! We had a little theme for each day starting with “Which came first, the pumpkin or the seed?” Maybe we need another “party week” to celebrate Autumn… although it is still 80+ degrees here in the South! 🙂

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We had so much fun taking a break from our normal curriculum (whew!) to have a big ol’ pumpkin party!  Yay!!  (You’ll see links for others’ great ideas!)

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I could just eat them up!  🙂

We kicked off our Pumpkin Party week with pumpkin spice cupcakes that I made for church potluck.  None of my kids even tried one!  Ha ha!  I thought they were yummy!  (Our recipe is similar to this one.)

DAY 1 ~ Who made pumpkins?  How do they grow?  Which came first, the pumpkin or the seed?

Our day started with pumpkin pancakes on pumpkin plates.  We had fun playing pumpkin games.  We looked inside our pumpkins.  {While Leven was not thrilled with all of our crafts, he thoroughly enjoyed using the battery-powered pumpkin carver!}  We made the “pumpkin patch” paper plates seen in…

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