Ideas for celebrating Pentecost at home

A Feature by Joe Iovino*
May 25, 2017

Editor’s Note: Many of these ideas are adapted from a story by the Rev. MaryJane Pierce Norton, retired staff member of United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.Pentecost, an important day in the life of the church, can be a wonderful opportunity for family worship, discussions about church and the Holy Spirit, and a celebration of our faith. Pentecost is celebrated May 20, 2018.

Families can celebrate Pentecost together. Celebrating Pentecost as a family can be a wonderful experience for adults and children. File photo courtesy United Methodist Communications.

On Pentecost Sunday, we remember the day the disciples received the Holy Spirit in a special way. There was a powerful wind and tongues of fire (see Acts 2:1-41).

With the gift of the Spirit, the disciples were able to tell people from all over the world about Jesus in ways each could understand. The Bible reports that about 3,000 people were baptized that day, creating the first church.

Creatively celebrating Pentecost in the home can be a wonderful addition to your family’s devotional life, as you give thanks to God for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the church.

Here are some ideas to help get you started: