There are so many lovely things you can do with the symbol of flames for the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. I’ve been desperate for Pentecost to come ever since I thought of this.
Usually if I’m doing something visual in worship it is an interactive idea, but this was just to look great. Though having said that I hope it will inspire people as we hear the story of the flames of the spirit dividing and resting on the heads of the disciples.
- Between 12 and 15 foil curve Balloons. The link is to the ones I used but lots of places sell them, the key is to look for ‘curve’ shaped ones, though they look like flames to me that isn’t what they are sold as. I bought a variety of sizes from 28inch to 42 inch, but it is the big ones that make the whole thing float well so don’t over economize.
- 2 cans of the disposable helium listed in the same site.
- Flame coloured tulle spools (we really enjoy saying that in my house) I bought 3 (red, orange and yellow) 6inch wide. Mine were 100 yards long but I probably only used half. I just got them from Amazon here.
- Curling ribbon for securing the balloons.
- Inflate the balloons somewhere with a low ceiling!
- Tie a long piece of curling ribbon to each
- Tie them together with different length ribbons in several bunches
- Take them into the church and have someone else hold on as you arrange the bunches at different levels and tie them all together saving a bunch of 2 or 3.
- Tie the tulle on without cutting it off the spool, this way you can pull it down if it floats off.
- Position the flames where you want them using the tulle to move it around.
- Now anchor the flames in place with the curling ribbon, mine is tied to the lecturn and pulpit!
- Now you can be freely flouncy with the tulle. Try and drape it higher than people’s heads.
- Make sure you put some tulle behind the balloons as well as in front or they will start drifting forwards. Hopefully the next picture shows this.
And voila! I loved doing this is was fun and felt like painting in the air. Watching the balloons float the fabric up is magical.