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Pentecost Plans

posted 21 May 2020, 08:23 by Church Office   [ updated 24 May 2020, 06:54 by CHS Info ]

Next Sunday is PENTECOST: the feast of the Holy Spirit.

This is OUR day as the people of the Holy Spirit.

In previous years we have marked this day in a variety of ways: street parties, drag queens, pavement art competitions, the blessing of icons, bonfires, fire lanterns, BBQ and a live fire artist performance.

There is no way to compete this year.

My vision for our church community was always to be a living Pentecost: sending us out into the wider community to share the gifts God gave us; and, given my pyromaniacal proclivities, it is unsurprising that I have focused on the fiery outpouring of the spirit.  

Yet there is another side to Pentecost: before the coming of the Spirit, the people of God are found gathered together in prayer and support.  Here they are sharing together their doubts, questions, opinions, half-baked ideas, wonders, hopes and fears.  Comforting and challenging, teaching and learning, cajoling and consoling one another.

Which gave me the idea for a different way of celebrating Pentecost this year.   Several years ago, we made three vertical hangings which the children let down from the minstrels’ gallery.  My plan to make new banners which we unfurl in church when the whole community is able to meet again. 

Here’s what to do:

1.        Cut out a flame or a dove (the symbols of the Holy Spirit).  You can use the templates provided here (Powerpoint) or here (images) or make your own.

2.        Write or draw something to symbolize one (or more) of the following:

(a)   concerns and anxieties raised by this pandemic;

(b)  unexpected blessings and gifts experienced in lockdown;

(c)   hopes for the future. 

3.        When you’re done take a photo; AND

4.        Pop it into the vicarage or the church (or post it)


I will assemble them into hangings.

Please do invite children, friends, relatives, neighbours to take part so that the hangings give expression to the wider community.

p.s. the colours for Pentecost is RED of any fiery hue: HAVE FUN.  

CHS Info,
23 May 2020, 02:41
CHS Info,
23 May 2020, 02:41
CHS Info,
23 May 2020, 02:41
Church Office,
21 May 2020, 08:23