This morning on the Amtrak to Chicago, I shared my car with a group of Amish families including about a half-dozen children. A four-hour drive starting at 6am, most of the car stayed quiet for the first few hours with just a little murmuring and a few stories read aloud on the seats in front of me. During the last hour, though, the children began to sing. Whispery voices sang 3, 4, 5 verses Fairest Lord Jesus, O for a Thousand Tongues, and Amazing Grace in imperfect harmony.
Here are a few of my goals for our Pentecost Celebration this year: Celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit- God with us! Celebrate the Church’s Birthday- God gave us a community! Learn the story of God’s miraculous gift from Acts 2 Respond to God’s good gifts with worship & prayer Story: We’ll read the story from Acts 2:1-12 and talk about how God used a miracle to spread the Good News all over the world. God didn’t just make the disciples a little stronger- God came with them
Since I’m not a fan of most devotional books, I have a handy list of Bible storybooks and Bible translations that I recommend to families based on the ages and interests of their children. If your child is old enough to have an opinion on the matter, consider asking them their input about what they would like to read from! Most of these books I have also found at second-hand shops for considerably less than their online retail price. The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: