We hope this finds you all well and that you enjoyed our first newsletter.
As we approach Pentecost (31st May), we thought we would share some further ideas and activities.
We have also put together an online Forton Messy Church which you can view here
Historically, Pentecost (Shavuot) is a Jewish feast celebrating the giving of the
Torah on Mount Sinai and the summer wheat harvest.
For Christians, Pentecost occurs 50 days after Easter Sunday, 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead.
Jesus had already gone back to Heaven so the disciples and new believers of Jesus were waiting to receive the Holy Spirit because that’s what Jesus told them would happen.
Watch the story by clicking on this link below:
Here are some of the creative ideas which we included in the online Forton Messy Church and a few more for you to make.
Share the story of Pentecost by making a bookmark for you family and friends.
Make a Pentecost Spinner
A Reflection for Pentecost
Once Jesus left his followers on their own – they hid. They were frightened. It took this extraordinary moment of Pentecost, the realisation that in fact Jesus hadn’t left, his Spirit was still with them, to free them and move them into a totally different way of life. The Spirit led them from the locked room not just to face the world, but to change the world. The Father did indeed love each and every one of them, ‘from the beginning of time’, as Jesus had told them – and now that the Spirit had fired them up, they realised that they had been chosen to be courageous.
Over the last few weeks, we have all had to be courageous in facing the challenges which this lockdown has brought. We will need to continue to show that courage as we go forward. We can learn much from the story of Pentecost and trust that the Holy Spirit works in each and every one of us.
Spirit-filled people work for change, so that all people are given a chance and have choices.
Spirit-filled people get involved with local issues, bringing the Gospel values – not their own prejudices and fears – to bear on subjects close to the hearts of their local communities.
Spirit-filled people love, are joyful, try to bring peace into all their relationships,
are trustful, gentle and wise.
A Pray for Pentecost
Come Holy Spirit into our hearts and set them ablaze.
Spirit of Wisdom, guide our actions so they tell of God’s love.
Spirit of Truth, open our eyes to see the world as it really is.
Spirit of Power, motivate us to work for justice throughout the world.
Spirit of Love, inspire us to respect the dignity of each and every person.
Come, Holy Spirit. AMEN
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Please keep safe and well.
Forton Messy Church Team