The Pentecost Story
A presentation about the festival of Pentecost
by Jan Edmunds (revised, originally published in 2010)
Suitable for Whole School (Pri)
To provide a presentation for the children to tell the story of Pentecost.
Preparation and materials
You will need a leader and 15 readers.
You will also need 16 pieces of A4 card. On nine of them, write each letter to make the word ‘PENTECOST’. On the reverse side, write the lines for each reader to say. You could also decorate the cards with scenes from the story.
You will need time to practise the presentation prior to the assembly.
You may wish to familiarize yourself with the story of the arrival of the Holy Spirit, which is found in Acts 2.1-4.
Leader: Good morning, everyone. Today, we are going to tell you a wonderful story from the Bible.
Reader 1: Let’s look at what happened. We are going to spell it out for you.
Reader 2 (holding the letter ‘P’): ‘P’ is for the people in our story, the disciples. They were chosen by Jesus.
Reader 3 (holding the letter ‘E’): ‘E’ is for elation. This is the joy that the disciples felt in knowing that Jesus had risen from the dead and ascended into heaven.
Reader 4 (holding the letter ‘N’): ‘N’ is for the nervousness that the disciples felt when they heard the roaring sound of an approaching wind.
Reader 5 (holding the letter ‘T’): ‘T’ is for the turmoil that the disciples felt as the raging wind swirled around the room.
Reader 6 (holding the letter ‘E’): ‘E’ is for encircling. The wind circled and whirled around each one of them.
Reader 7 (holding the letter ‘C’): ‘C’ is for the Christians who were to be changed by this amazing experience.
Reader 8 (holding the letter ‘O’): ‘O’ is for overjoyed. The disciples were very happy when they realized that they were being given a special power from God.
Reader 9 (holding the letter ‘S’): ‘S’ is for the spirit – the Holy Spirit that entered every one of the disciples.
Reader 10 (holding the letter ‘T’): ‘T’ is for the tongues of fire that settled above their heads, giving them special powers.
Reader 11: These letters spell the word ‘PENTECOST’. It is the time when the power of God was given to the disciples.
Reader 12: Someone watching in the crowd said, ‘Aren’t these people from Galilee? Yet they can speak our language and we can understand what they say!’
Reader 13: Peter told the crowd, ‘God has poured out his Holy Spirit on us. Now, we will be able to teach everyone about him. We will hear God speaking clearly, see visions and dreams and perform wonderful miracles.’
Reader 14: Peter also said, ‘Jesus, who was crucified, is alive, and God has made him Lord over everyone. If you are sorry for the bad things you have done, he will forgive you.’
Reader 15: That day, about 3,000 people became Christians. To this day, God’s message has been spread all over the world.
Time for reflection
Thank you for the festival of Pentecost.
Thank you that your spirit can live in us, bringing us peace, hope and joy.
Alternatively, use the chorus of the song ‘Spirit of God’ (Come and Praise, 63) as the prayer.
Spirit of God, as strong as the wind,
Gentle as is the dove.
Give us your joy and give us your peace,
Show to us Jesus’ love.
‘Spirit of God’ (Come and Praise, 63)