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Information about Pentecost


After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples and promised that he would send the Holy Spirit to be their support and guide.


Pentecost celebrates and remembers the coming of the Holy Spirit, 50 days after Passover.


Matthew does not have a story of the coming of the Holy Spirit: we find it in Luke’s writing, Acts 2:1-4


Background to the story:

There were lots of people in Jerusalem to celebrate Shavuot, a Jewish Spring Harvest festival. People had come from different countries and they spoke different languages. Jesus’ friends, the disciples, were hiding in a room as they were afraid what might happen to them but they knew Jesus had promised to send the Holy Spirit to be their friend and to guide and support them.


Acts 2 New International Version (NIV)

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

Acts of the Apostles: What is Pentecost? What's in the Bible?

Learn about Pentecost and the Holy Spirit by watching this video.

Bible Quest - Pentecost and the Coming of the Holy Spirit.

Still image for this video

Go through this PowerPoint about Pentecost

Pentecost sequencing activity - cut the pictures up and shuffle them - can you get the story back in the correct order?

Make a Pentecost flame headband to wear on Pentecost Sunday (this year Pentecost Sunday is the 31st May 2020)

Make a windmill to remind you that we cannot see the Holy Spirit but we believe he is still with us.

Follow these video instructions to make your own windmill.