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Pentecost for Everyone

Watch and Wonder

Elizabeth Adkisson tells the Pentecost story (Acts 2:1-21)

You can also listen to the Pentecost narrative on Story Divine (though nobody tells it like Elizabeth). What follows are story learning and telling prompts meant for all ages.

Wonder Word

Pentecost: The word “pentecost” comes from a Greek word which means “fifty.” Pentecost is the fiftieth day–its tradition began in Judaism as a celebration of the fiftieth day after Passover. For Christians, it is the fiftieth day after Easter and celebrates the beginning of the church.

Map It!

People were gathered from far and wide on the day of Pentecost. Check out this map–it shows you how far people traveled to worship in Jerusalem on that day! I wonder what it must have been like to be gathered in a room with people from so many different places, speaking so many different languages…

 

Pentecost lands

 

 

 

 

Can you PICTURE that?

Take a plain piece of paper and fold it into quarters. Unfold. Using the sections draw each of the following to tell the first part of the story:

1. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
3. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
4. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Using only your picture, tell the first part of the story to someone else!

Going Deeper

Imagine what it would have been like to be gathered with people who spoke so many different languages–to be in a room with a bunch of people you couldn’t understand for worship.

1. What might it have felt like to suddenly understand one another?
2. Sometimes it is hard to understand even when we speak the same language! Is there anything you have a hard time understanding during worship?
3. Tell a story about a time you finally understood something.

 

 

Learn the Pentecost Story by Heart with #StoryonFire

The #StoryonFire Challenge

Join others in learning the Pentecost story by heart! The #storyonfire series offers a step-by-step tutorial for learning Acts 2 for Pentecost. The best way to keep up will be via Facebook or Twitter. Follow @FaithandWonder on Twitter and use the hashtag #storyonfire to share your thoughts along the way. Sessions are short (1-5 minutes) and you can certainly choose to do more than one in a day.

Whether your goal is to tell the story at home, to a friend, or in worship–join us!!! Story-learning in groups can be quite a powerful tool.

For families/teachers wanting to learn the text with children, I would recommend trying to learn only Acts 2:1-4.

RESOURCES Mentioned Along the Way!

Day 1: Story and Pronunciations

Print this out: Acts 2 NRSV and read it aloud!

And here is a video with pronunciation help!

You can also look up the pronunciations at this site:  http://netministries.org/Bbasics/bwords.htm

Day 3: Map It

The way I read the story, the narrator is clearly amazed that all these people from all these places are gathered together. For an idea of how far they’d come, check out this MAP.

 

Day 9: Spin the Wheel!

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Spin the wheel (just click the image above) and read the final part of the story according to the indicated feeling. (Repeat!)

Episode 15: The Vine Abides

StoryDivine.com is experiencing technical difficulties–so enjoy this week’s podcast here!

Easter 5B

Casey FitzGerald tells John 15:1-11

Find the video story (along with storytelling ideas for all ages) from Acts 8:26-40 at Faith and Wonder (or just scroll down!)

Come to the Festival Gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers this August!

Find Jason Chesnut of The Slate Project HERE

Tracy Radosevic, Storyteller, Dean of the Academy for Biblical Storytelling

 

The Ethiopian Eunuch

WATCH and WONDER

Acts 8:26-40 as told by Casey FitzGerald

 

A shorter TALE

This is a longer story. You might want to start out with a smaller chunk of it to learn (especially any younger storytellers out there). Consider learning only this section: 

As they were going along the road, they came to some water;
and the eunuch said,
“Look! Water! What would keep me from being baptized?”

He commanded the chariot to stop,
and both of them, Philip and the eunuch,
went down into the water,
and Philip baptized him.

When they came up out of the water,
the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away;
the eunuch never saw him again,
but went on his way rejoicing.

Here is a copy of the entire story Acts 8: 26-40!

Ways to Wonder

For all ages:

*Once More, with Feeling! Using either the “shorter tale” or the whole text, play this game of “emotional” telling. A sentence or a section at a time, tell the story with the emotion chosen by the spinner (link to spinner here: Once More, with FEELING!). Just click on the spinner and you’re emotion will be chosen for you! This is a fun activity to do for a group re-around (each person spins and then reads). Add another layer–at the end of the telling, have the group guess what feelings were being portrayed! If you are having a tough time understanding the emotion of a part of your story, this is a great way to explore the possibilities.

*When Philip asks the Ethiopian eunuch if he understands what he’s reading from Isaiah, the eunuch replies, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” Tell a story about someone who guides you.

*The Ethiopian eunuch is an outsider, in his baptism he becomes an insider–he is now a part of the followers of Christ! As a way of connecting to the story, tell a story about a time you felt like an outsider (or a time you experienced becoming an insider).

For the younger set:

*Find a doll and some water. Pretend you are Philip and baptize the doll. (The man in our story was not a baby, so you don’t have to use a baby doll.) Do you remember how your pastor baptizes babies? What words are said? Describe what baptism looks like in your church.

the more you know…

*Though the Ethiopian eunuch held a high rank within the queen’s court, because he was considered “half man,” it is unlikely that he was actually allowed full worshipping rights in Jerusalem. Deuteronomy 23:1 tells us that such a man would be unable to enter “the assembly of the Lord.” He was, in many ways, an outsider. What does this story show us about what God is doing in the world?ethiopian

*I believe I pronounced “Candace” wrong in the video! DOH! I used my American way of saying “Candace” because it is such a familiar name. The correct pronunciation is kan-DAY-see.Here is a great place to check on your pronunciations!  (I posted this video despite the error–there will always be changes I want to make to my stories–because I am always learning! I am actually working on learning this story for an event six months from now…there will be many changes between now and then!)

Click here for more on telling this story!

Burning with the Story

The Story of Pentecost

as told by Elizabeth Adkisson

I love Elizabeth’s telling of this story–her gestures and expressions are AMAZING!

And…congratulations to all those who participated in the #storyonfire story learning experience. This is just the beginning of what I hope to do with Faith and Wonder! I would LOVE to hear what stories/topics YOU would like covered!

 

 

 

Story on Fire Day 14!

The End is HERE!

Congratulations! You did it!

Let me know how it went in comments or on Facebook or Twitter (@faithandwonder) #storyonfire .

Story on Fire Day 13

Look!

 

Story on Fire Day 12

Starting and Finishing

 

Story on Fire Day 11

What do you think?

 

Story on Fire Day 10

It’s about TIME