Lower Left: This is my image so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Lower Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which was decimated by hackers last year. At present it is possible to buy these images very cheaply - however this particular one is free on the site this week. Well worth the subscription!!! Visit the website at www.churchgalleries.com
Whole Service Idea: Spread it Around
Found in Multi-Sensory Seasons by Wendy Raynor and Annie Slade, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271757, page 47 (pictured at left). These ideas are based primarily on the Acts reading.
Listening Song: Hands and Feet By Audio Adenalin on WOW 2001 or their album, Underdog (pictured at right). This works well with the Romans reading.
Drama: Verbal Symphony for Pentecost
Hitler used fear to drive his attack on Europe. He said "If the Jews did not exist we would have had to invent them" .
Film: The Legend of Bagger Vance
Show this clip where Bagger Vance teaches Junuh how to find his "one truly authentic swing".
Discussion: The Legend of Bagger Vance
1. What do you think our "one truly authentic swing" could be?
2. If Bagger Vance represents the Holy Spirit, how does the Holy Spirit help us to find our "one truly authentic swing"?
3. Have you found your "one truly authentic swing"?
(thanks to someone for this idea - unfortunately I can't remember who - let me know if you know).
Film: Dead Poets Society
Use your discretion as to how much you show of this clip depending on the age and emotional resilience of your congregation. Show the clip prior to the student's suicide when the student, who is a talented actor, is stopped from realising his dreams by his father who thinks that acting is a waste of time. The student tries to explain his fear of a future which does not include acting and which will therefore be devoid of the things that he loves doing best.
What sort of things do we fear today?
What sort of things do we fear for our church?
What sort of things do we fear for ourselves?
Film Clip: Spirit Wind
From Work of the People- see my link column at left
Story: Your Own Experience
Display digitally or have with you some of the more fear evoking headlines which we often see today or relate an experience you have had recently where you came across actions taken by others as a result of fear. eg on our last trip to Tasmania we were intrigued by the official who wanted to look under the bonnet of our car as we waited to drive on to the ferry at Port Melbourne. We were quite amused when he told us he was looking for bombs.... until we realised he was fair dinkum.
Story: The Big Rock
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties, 1994, ISBN 0310402611, page 36.
Give everyone a sparkler. Light the front row and allow people to touch the ends to light others. Use them as a reminder of the first Pentecost (fire and wind) - they fire up best when they are waved about.....but please be careful!
Film Clip: The Fear
This film clip was suggested by Rob who visits this blog. He says the clip "encapsulates how virtually an entire generation often feel. Also, the lyrics are genuinely intelligent and thought-provoking" and "the lyrics to The Fear are here, in case anyone can't make them out clearly - http://www.musicloversgroup.com/lily-allen-the-fear-lyrics-and-video/"