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+.