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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.

The Bible according to the Little Fishes…

The Little Fishes are loving that it is still Easter as they get to start every session with the words ‘Alleluia. Christ is risen…He is risen indeed. Alleluia’ and to sing all of our ‘Alleluia’ songs.

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This week we joined Jesus and the disciples for a barbecue on the beach.

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We heard the story…

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…and collected up the fishes in the disciples’ net.

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What a surprise when the disciples realised it was Jesus standing on the shore waiting to cook breakfast for them. We also heard a very special bit of the story where Jesus tells Peter to look after his lambs and we learned that that means us!

Then it was time to make our own picture of the Sea of Galilee and the disciples’ fishing net scooping the fishes out of the water.

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Join the Little Fishes every Friday at 2pm to find out what happens next to Jesus and the disciples.

This morning in In2mission…

In2mission is our Sunday club for children aged 3 years and over and we meet during the 10.30am Celebrate! service on 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.

This morning, we heard again how Jesus said, ‘I am the Good Shepherd.’

We began our story with a beautiful field full of soft, green grass.

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We added a stream of cool, fresh water to our field with pools shallow enough to splash and play in.

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But we also learned that there were other pools which were deep and dark and dangerous..ones that you shouldn’t go near…and prickly brambles that scratch and tear.

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Then we met the Good Shepherd who knows every part of the field and stream and also knows the places where it is dangerous to go.

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The Good Shepherd carefully built a sheepfold…

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…to keep his sheep safe.

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At night the shepherd gathered his sheep into the fold…and his heart was filled with joy.

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After we moved over to Church House our 3, 4 and 5 year olds decided that the Good Shepherd must be called Jesus and that perhaps the sheep were not called Flossie, Froo-Froo and Finbar but Alex, Amelia and Gracie. We thought that Jesus wants to look after us and keep us safe and that we should follow him. Just like the shepherd looks after his sheep.

Then it was time for cutting and sticking!

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Join us on 25th May when we meet next. All children aged 3+ are welcome to come along.

(Our story this morning was taken from ‘Bible Storybags’ by Margaret Cooling)

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