PENTECOST for CHILDREN
Pentecost is one of the 3 most important holidays for Christians, yet many Christians do not even know what it is. It can be such an exciting time for the church, especially for children. Hopefully this information will help you in explaining and celebrating Pentecost with your family!
- Pentecost means “fiftieth” and occurs on the 50th day after Easter.
- Historically, the Jewish people celebrated Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks, as a way of remembering the giving of the Torah. This is also the time that they celebrated the harvest of grains. Jewish people still celebrate Pentecost today.
- From the New Testament, it is the celebration of the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples. The coming of the Spirit is what enabled them, (and enables us today) to carry the Word of God to others.
- The disciples and many Jews were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost. There were Jews there from all over the world. When the Holy Spirit came to the disciples on the day of Pentecost, there was a sound of a mighty wind and flames of fire over each of their heads. The disciples began to speak in other languages than their own, and others began to understand them!
- The Holy Spirit can help us overcome boundaries set by the world, by languages, by race, by education, by geographical location!
- We often call Pentecost the birthday of the church, and what a great celebration it should be!
- The traditional color for Pentecost is RED! This represents the fire of the Holy Spirit. It is fun to decorate with red and to wear red on Pentecost Sunday.
- Symbols of Pentecost are: the color red, flames, doves, wind, and fire
Here are some fun things you might do with children to represent Pentecost, after reading the story with them from Acts 2:
- Make or play with a pinwheel
- Create a windsock from construction paper and ribbons
- Light a candle for worship or at meal times
- Find a picture of the United Methodist cross and flame to color and discuss what it means
- Melt wax and create a candle (with adult supervision!)
- Create a beautiful banner using different types of red ribbons or strings
- Make a paper fan or a cardboard fan to symbolize the wind
- Fly a kite together
- Bake a birthday cake and light candles while singing “Happy Birthday” to the Church
- Enjoy cinnamon candies like Fireballs or Red Hots
- Tape red crepe paper streamers to an electric fan and turn the fan on to see the wind blowing
- Blow up red balloons (talk about the breath that you use to blow them up and compare it to the breath of God, Holy Spirit) and play games with them
- Look up ways to say “Hello” or “I Love You” in different languages and practice saying them to each other
Even in this time when we cannot worship together on Pentecost Sunday, we can still celebrate the birthday of the Church universal together. We are all connected through God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Family Camp – Camp Don Lee
September 25-27 Registration Here
Join eStreet Kids and their families at Camp Don Lee for some quality time together to focus on faith, family and fellowship without the demands of daily life. Each Family is assigned to their own cabin and meals will be provided family-style. Activities include sailing, fishing, canoeing, arts & crafts, swimming, music and hay rides, as well as age-friendly enrichment led by Camp Don Lee staff. $113 per person, $500 max per immediate family, under 3 free. Register at esumc.org as soon as possible.
And check out the facilities here: www.donleecenter.org
All year long is important to eStreet kids as well!
Just as Jesus did, we welcome all children to the ministries of our church. Our Children’s Ministries teach the Christian faith, model love and service, and support children and their families as they journey to become loving disciples of Christ. Our vision is to come alongside parents and guardians, the primary spiritual trainers, in guiding children in their lifelong quest to become fully devoted disciples of Christ.
We invite children and parents to “Come Grow With Us” through the numerous opportunities available to Know God, Love God, and Serve God through…
- Sunday morning nursery
- Sunday School classes for all ages
- small group bible studies for tweens
- special needs ministry
- scouting ministries
- summer camps and programs for all ages
- music and arts programs
- parenting and marriage classes
For questions, contact our Director of Children and Parent Ministries, Pam Russell, or Emily Funderburk (Assistant Director to Elementary Aged Ministries), or Robyn Creech (Assistant Director to Nursery-Preschool Ministries).
Click to view our Nursery FAQ
Expecting a baby? Let us celebrate with you! Please send an email to Robyn and/or a birth announcement (photo would be wonderful!) for our nursery bulletin board, so that we can start getting to know our newest member!
Baptism Classes will be held in 2019 on the following dates: January 13, April 7, July 14, and October 6. 12:15-1:15 in the Chapel with a light lunch provided. Registration will be available closer to the date. Childcare will be available with a reservation through the registration process.
– SUNDAYS –
Sunday School is from 9:45 – 10:45. Parents are invited to consider one of our Adult Sunday school classes during the same time!
Please check in your child for Sunday school at one of three locations: the nursery desk, the lobby of Kerr Hall outside of the Gathering, or on the 3rd floor at the check in area. If your child will be leaving the Gathering service with the volunteers, please check them in ahead of time. Also, for safety reasons, parents should always plan to collect children from their classrooms after Sunday School.
Nursery: (Infants – Age 3)
- Childcare is available for infants to age 3 in the nursery area during each worship service (8:30 – 12:00).
First Look: (Ages 3 & 4, and Kindergarten)
- 3 year olds – Rm 208
- 4 year olds – Rm 318
- Kindergarten – Rm 316A
252 Basics: (1st – 5th Grade)
- 1st Grade – Rm 314
- 2nd Grade – Rm 302
- 3rd Grade – Rm 306
- 4th Grade – Rm 305
- 5th Grade – Rm 300
- Wiggler Worship is available during the 8:40, 10:55, and 11:00 a.m. worship services for children ages 3, 4 and 5 (by August 31 and fully potty trained). Children will experience the first part of worship with his/her family then be taken to Wiggler Worship in room 206 for a time of singing, Bible Story, coloring activity and play led by dedicated parent volunteers and nursery caregivers. Please consider volunteering for this special ministry.
– NURSERY VOLUNTEERS –
We want to come alongside parents of young children and babies and help them on Sundays so that they can worship and attend Sunday School or Bible study during this busy time in the life of their families. If you sign up to help in the nursery, you will be serving a very special group of children and parents! You will be serving alongside professional nannies who are CPR certified and trained. Your role will be assisting them by playing with children, rocking or holding babies, comforting, reading stories, etc. The nannies will change diapers and assist with bathroom issues. We hope that you will find places to serve in this very important ministry area in our congregation! Volunteer here!