|Pinwheels for Pentecost with Fresh Fruits of the Spirit.|
For a long long while, I have been adding pinwheels to Godly Play baptism lessons! Doves are super scriptural imagery, but they don't offer very complex metaphorical teaching. So dove yes, but also a pinwheel. Pinwheels are colorful and joyful and the basic ruach metaphor is all there - wind or breath move and make energy. One of the best parts is that sometimes it takes a big breath to move it; other times when outside on a breezy day it just moves. This pinwheels for Pentecost is teaching about some of the scriptural facets of the Spirit and summery colorful good fun. I had enough for everyone - and folks took them for people they love. I also encouraged folks to keep it in a place they will notice it and pray on their word, and even to take it with them on journeys and take photos #flatjesus style. #pinwheelpentecost ??
|Not pinwheels but origami cranes in fire colors on a mobile.|
I ordered these multi-colored pinwheels online (Oriental Trading, Amazon...). Only problem is that the ink on the stems rubbed off easily on hands. There were others that you could assemble yourself. I also wanted them to be quite colorful (both a statement on diversity and it was Pride weekend (and a purple parish)), but one could order all fire color ones. There are ways to make them with origami, and you could probably find a way to upcycle something to make them if you planned well enough in advance. I used to make an origami crane mobile using firey colored magazine pages.
Then using the label function on MSWord I made labels with one word each - various fruits and gifts of the Spirit. This parish has torch holders on many pews so I used those to hold sets of pinwheels. Simple, exciting, and theologically complex. A new way to celebrate and teach Pentecost. Maybe next year you can try this instead of balloons.