Theme: Explore the Sacrament of Confirmation
Virtue: Perseverance (not giving up; keep trying with determination)
We are exploring the sacrament of Confirmation. In Confirmation, we receive an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The most common symbol of the Holy Spirit is a white dove. The birdhouse craft that we’re making today represents our hearts. When we open our hearts, we make room for the Holy Spirit to come and live in us.
- Wooden birdhouse (1/child)
- Acrylic or tempera paint
- Paintbrushes, paint trays and water cups
- (Opt.) String
- Cover tables with paper and set out the water, paint and paintbrushes.
- Write your name on the bottom of the birdhouse.
- (Opt.) Attach a string to the top.
- Paint your birdhouse and set it aside to dry.
WILDERNESS WIND CHIMES
In Confirmation, we receive an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The wind can remind us of the Holy Spirit. We can’t see the wind, but we know it’s there because we see the wind moving the trees. In a similar way, we cannot see the Holy Spirit with our eyes, but we can see how the Holy Spirit is moving in our lives. How does the Holy Spirit move in our lives? (He touches our hearts, guides us, helps us make decisions, shows us the glory of God, shines through gifted musicians and artists, etc.)
We are going to make wind chimes to remind us of the Holy Spirit. Each time you hear the wind chime, you can pray, “Come Holy Spirit”.
- Plastic cup (1/child)
- Cross Chime (1/child)
- Suncatcher paint (or permanent markers)
- Colorful tape and stickers
- Drill a hole in the bottom of the cups.
- Cut the string into 12 inch lengths.
- Paint the cross chime using the paint (or markers).
- Decorate the cup using tape and stickers.
- Take the string and pull it through the loop at the top of the cross chime. Tie a knot about 6 inches above the cross.
- Pull the other end of the string through the cup and tie another loop to hang it.
WIND OF THE SPIRIT FANS
Wind is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, a mighty wind came and blew through the room where the apostles were staying. We will be making Wind of the Spirit Fans, so that whenever we use them, they can remind us of the power of the Holy Spirit moving in our lives.
- Wind of the Spirit Fan (1/child)
- Wooden paint stick (1/child) (found at hardware/paint stores)
- Colorful tape
- Double sided tape
- Print the Wind of the Spirit Fan on cardstock.
- Color your Wind of the Spirit Fan.
- Fold the paper fan in half and cut along the dotted lines.
- Decorate the bottom half of the paint stick with colorful tape.
- Add double sided tape on the top half of both sides of the stick.
- Place the stick inside the paper fan.