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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!)

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 6

No GUTS, no glory!

Check out the Network of Biblical Storytellers and come to the Festival Gathering in August!

Setting the Story on FIRE: a 14 day challenge


the CHALLENGE

Over the next two weeks, Faith and Wonder will offer a step-by-step tutorial series on learning Acts 2 for Pentecost. The best way to keep up will be via Facebook or Twitter! On Twitter, @FaithandWonder and use the hashtag #storyonfire to share your thoughts along the way. Normally two weeks is not enough time to let a text deepen in the way that it deserves, but for the sake of practice we’ll give it a try. 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.

Day ONE Video

I have given you some wiggling room for the next few days since it is the holiday weekend–do as much over Memorial Day weekend as you are able, but don’t worry if you fall a day or two behind!

 

RESOURCES

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