This is a simple activity using pinwheels to think about God’s Spirit being like the wind and to pray using them. This is a great one for under 5s, but everyone might enjoy this very tangible way to pray.

What do I need to begin Pinwheel Prayers?

To begin, you will need a pinwheel! Perhaps you have one around the house, or can easily grab one at the shops, but you can also make one together.

The instructions and a template can be purchased in the GodVenture shop. The template is part of the Pentecost pack and has many amazing activities not just the Pinwheel Prayers.

The other thing you will need is a bit of wind, and this of course works best outdoors. But you can also blow on your pinwheels or even use an electric fan!

How to do the Pinwheel Prayers

The Bible says that when the Spirit came at Pentecost, Jesus’ friends here a sound like a rushing wind. Jesus also said:

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

The footnote to this verse says: The Greek for Spirit is the same as that for wind. Amazing!

Hold your pinwheel in wind or blow on it and watch it spin and move.

Chat together:

How might God’s Spirit be like the wind?

Can we see the wind? Can we see what the wind does around us?

Can we see God? Can we see what God does around us?

Say this prayer together:

“Thank you, God, that your Spirit is like the wind. Help me to know you more.”

When you say wind, get everyone to blow on their pin wheel.

When you say ‘more’, everyone should shout ‘more’ in reply, then you repeat the prayer!