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Come along and join the fun…

…at our annual church fete.

Saturday, 28th June at 2pm

In the Vicarage Gardens, Church Lane, Henfield BN5 9NY

Ice creams, tombola, cakes, bouncy castle, teas, bric-a-brac and much, much more

The Bible according to the Little Fishes

The Little Fishes gathered this week to hear about Deborah. So we settled down under our imaginary palm tree and sang a couple of our favourite songs. Then we were ready for the story.

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But we found that we needed two armies so the Little Fishes became the People of God and the grown ups became the Enemies. The Enemies were on the move and The People of God were not safe any more.

‘We need a leader,’ they said, ‘someone clever and brave. Who will help us?’

The People of God knew of someone clever and brave. It was Deborah.

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She was a prophet who received messages from God and when she was working she sat under a Palm tree.

Deborah knew that God’s people were in trouble and God told her what to do. She sent for a soldier called Barak.

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Deborah said, ‘God wants you to lead our other soldiers and get rid of our enemies.’

Barak thought about it. He knew how clever and brave Deborah was so he said, ‘I won’t go unless you come too!’

And Deborah said, ‘I will.’

Together they got ready to fight. The Enemies were coming! Deborah told Barak, ‘Remember God will be with us’. When the Enemies saw Deborah, Barak and the People of God they were so scared they turned and ran away! The People of God were safe once more.

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The Little Fishes then gathered round the table to create their own palm tree.

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Join the Little Fishes next Friday at 2pm for more songs, crafts, biscuits and a story about St Peter. All babies, toddlers, preschool children and their carers are very welcome.

Celebrating Pentecost

Last Sunday we celebrated the festival of Pentecost – the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It falls 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, “fiftieth”) and is the culmination of the season of Easter.
It is often regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church’s mission to the world. But how did we celebrate it at St Peter’s?

Painted by In2mission (with their feet)

Painted by In2mission (with their feet)

Painted by Little Fishes (with their hands)

Painted by Little Fishes (with their hands)

The Little Fishes heard the story of Pentecost on Friday afternoon. We learned that Jesus needed to go back into heaven so that the Holy Spirit could come and bring us gifts of power and comfort when we need them. We heard how the Holy Spirit came to the disciples like tongues of fire so we just had to make some fiery art.

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We put on our aprons, rolled up our sleeves…and got out the salad spinners?!

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Plenty of orange, red, yellow and gold paint was required…

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…and much enthusiastic spinning!

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On Sunday morning, we came together agin to celebrate the feast of Pentecost itself. At 9am there was a service of Parish communion and then at 10.30am it was time for Celebrate! and In2mission (our Sunday Club for children). We began by taking the story right back to Old Testament times and the Tower of Babel.

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The story told us how the people were so proud of their tall tower that they thought they were better builders than God and how God confused their language to stop them…and how the languages of the world became broken and splintered and how the tower fell down.

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Then thousands of years later Jesus died on the cross, rose again and ascended into heaven. But before he left he promised the disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit which came to them on the day of Pentecost with the sound of a rushing wind and in tongues of fire. They were filled to the brim with the power of the Spirit and rushed out into the speaking in so many different languages.

Over in Church House, we moved the hand round on our Church clock so that it pointed to the only red square in the circle. We recreated the story in play dough…

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…and painted our own Pentecost dove with our finger prints.

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Come along and join us next week as we enter the ‘great, green growing’ season of the Church’s year.
Little Fishes meets every Friday in church from 2pm for songs, stories, craft and play. All babies, toddlers and pre-school children are very welcome.
Parish Communion is at 9am every Sunday.
Celebrate! (Our family friendly service) meets each Sunday at 10.30am and includes In2mission on the 2nd and 4th Sundays for all children aged 3+.

This morning in in2mission…

The last time we met for In2mission we looked at how Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd. This week we looked at how the Good Shepherd calls us to gather round his table to share bread and wine.

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First we gathered the sheep into the sheepfold and reminded ourselves that the Good Shepherd knows each of his sheep by name and that the sheep know his voice so that when he calls them from the sheepfold they follow him.

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We also remembered that the Good Shepherd walks in front of his sheep and leads them to the good, green grass.

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Then it was time to gather round the table.

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We placed the bread and the wine on the table of the Good Shepherd and called the grown ups…and the children…and the babies to join our celebration.

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Over in Church House, we looked a little more at Holy Communion. Rev’d Christina had kindly lent us her very old home Communion set which was just the right size so we laid the table, learnt that the cup is a chalice and the plate a paten, tasted some wafers and found out that Jesus said the bread was his body and the wine his blood.

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Then it was time to ‘write’ our prayers using slices of bread and cookie cutters. Jo was in charge as we toasted our prayers for our great grandmas, our friends, for peace in Syria and starving children.

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All children, aged three and over, are welcome to join us the next time we meet at 10.30am on 8th June when we will be celebrating the great festival of Pentecost.

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