The Day When God Made Church

BBBlog-PentacostA Child’s First Book about Pentecost by Rebekah McLeod Hutto, Illustrated by Stephanie Haig Our children love the story of Pentecost! In Children’s Worship at Blacknall, we set up Pentecost Sunday dramatically at the very beginning of their time with us from the age of three. The children learn that there is one Sunday on the Calendar of the Church Year that is red. We call it the Red Hot Sunday and even when we manipulate the puzzle that represents our Calendar we pretend that piece is hot to the touch. The children aren’t sure what Pentecost is, but they can’t wait for it to get here!

The disciples wait. Something is coming. A sound. The wind. And warmth, heat like fire. Pentecost. The church is born!

And now, a wonderful colorful book which beautifully explains Pentecost and the birth of the church! I highly recommend this book. If you have a child that participates or has participated in Children’s Worship at Blacknall, I would encourage you to purchase this book, wrap it up in red paper, and present it to them on the morning of Pentecost Sunday. The disciples wait. Something is coming. A sound. The wind. And warmth, heat like fire. Pentecost. The church is born!

Rebecca McLeod Hutto beautifully tells the story in very simple language that is at the same time wonderfully descriptive. Words. Words like drumbeats. Words that tiptoe. Quiet. Loud. And the message? Something new: God’s love expressed in Jesus!

Just as Hutto chooses words that capture the story, so the illustrator Stephanie Haig provides beautiful pictures that support the words, that really paint the words. Raindrops and fire. Tiptoeing and loud. Something new. Good news. Joy and laughter and dancing. I love the idea of reading this to a young one who is literally seeing the words in the pictures, who through the words and the pictures gets the beauty and power of this most awesome story! And a new family is born: God’s church!

– Traci Hoover, Blacknall Director of Elementary Children’s Ministries