Experience Pentecost:10th-20th May

Experience Pentecost: 10th - 20th May

Holy Rood church is open daily for prayer but we have extras in place for the next ten days. There will be displays which tell something of the story of that first Pentecost. If you can't make it to church, then follow the stations with the instructions below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first display speaks of waiting for the Holy Spirit to Come.

Pentecost is when we remember the time that the Holy Spirit was given in a special way to the disciples.   

Do you find it difficult to wait patiently for something?

The Story

In the weeks after Jesus rose from the dead he spent time with his friends talking and sharing.  One day he said to them: ‘Don’t leave Jerusalem.  Wait for the gift of the gift I told you about, the gift my Father promised.  This gift is the Holy Spirit, God’s presence with you to help you.’

Not long after this happened Jesus and his friends went out to a mountain.  Jesus payed for them and then he ascended to heaven.  The disciples remembered the promise and the stories they knew about the prophets of long ago.  They tried to be patient but they found it difficult to wait for the gift Jesus had promised…as they waited they continued to meet together.

Reflecting

Think of a time when you have had to wait for something – how was that for you?

Is there something you are waiting for now that you would like God’s help with?

Responding

You are invited to use a paper dove and write on it your experience of waiting, or a request. Hang the dove on the tree.

You might like to pray:

Heavenly Father thank you that while I am waiting you are with me.  Help me to be patient and to trust you.  Amen.

 

The display speaks of receiving. It uses all sorts of things to symbolise the wind of the Holy Spirit.  Flags, balloons, sails, leaves etc.  All things which only move when the wind blows on them. By their movement we know that the wind exists, even though we can’t see it for itself.

The Story

The Festival pf Pentecost was an important time for Jews.  50 days after the feast of Passover many of the Jewish people made their way to Jerusalem for a great celebration.  They had travelled from far and wide to praise God for the hharvest, and to thank Him for the Law of Moses:  the en Commandments.  It was a time to remember God’s love for the world.

When the day of Pentecost came all Jesus’ friends were gathered together in one place, still waiting, waiting for praying together and still expecting God’s Holy Spirit.

‘Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.’

It must have been amazing and exciting.  The disciples had received God’s Holy Spirit.

Reflecting

Even though the disciples were expecting something to happen, it must have been very dramatic.  Can you imagine how it must have felt for the disciples to have received the Holy Spirit in such a way ? 

Responding

‘Sometimes the wind moves things in different directions.  The Holy Spirit also makes new things happen in people’s lives.  So the wind is a good symbol to use. What is your prayer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third display is about Telling

As Christians we have a message of Good News to deliver.  How might you tell others about Jesus and God’s love?  In what different ways might we tell people?

The Story

On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.

There were people in Jerusalem from all over the world.  When they heard the noise they gathered together and the disciples started telling people about Jesus. On that day about three thousand believed his message and were baptized.  (From Acts 2)

Reflecting

One of the symbols for the Holy Spirit is a flame of fire.

Responding

Think that every time the disciples told someone about Jesus they were passing on the light.  As the flame was passed on the Good News about Jesus started to spread.

You might like to pray:

Lord, thank you for the flame of the Holy Spirit – may you shine in my life today. May I be a carrier of Jesus’ light, bringing your Good News to others around me.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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This station is about Growing. After the Holy Spirit came the church began to grow

How may places in the world have you either visited or seen?  Perhaps you know people in another country, or you sponsor a child somewhere in the world? 

The first disciples worshipped in Jerusalem 2000 years ago.  Now there are about 2 billion Christians scattered throughout the world.  how did this happen?

The Story

The religious leaders were very angry about the followers of Jesus.  They tried to stop them from meeting together and talking in public places.  One day they killed one of them, a man called Stephen.  It was the beginning of a terrible time.  The church was broken up as the attackers went from house to house.  The believers began to leave for places spread across all the countries of that area.  But they showed great courage and everywhere they went they continued to tell people about Jesus.  They were all missionaries and so the Good News began to travel across the world.  the church began to grow.

Reflecting

It started in one small city, but Christianity soon spread across all the world.  Even though Christians were attacked, and sometimes killed, the church continued to grow, and in many places it is still growing today.

If you look in the boxes at the ends of the ribbons streaming down from the globe, you will find out information about Christian children in different countries.

Responding

To show your support for the church across the world, remind yourself how much God loves each country and the people who live there.

You might like to pray:

Lord God I thank you that the Holy Spirit has helped people to take the Good News throughout all the world.  Continue to bless your church in every land, helping it to grow and to bring the good news of your love to everyone. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This station speaks of sharing

After the Holy Spirit came, they began to work together. Look at the model of church.  Church as we know it today grew from the lives of the early believers of Jesus sharing with one another.

The Story

All of those who had come to believe in Jesus met together, and shared everything.  They didn’t even say that they owned their own things.  No-one said, ‘This is mine, you can’t have it.’  They helped each other in everyway so that no one was in need.

One day the church leaders realised that helping to provide for those in need was taking up so much of their time that they weren’t able to tell people about Jesus, so they called a church meeting and decided who could do the practical and organising jobs whilst they went out to preach.  This worked really well.

Different people had different jobs:  some were good at organising, some good a helping, some good at teaching, some good at giving, some good at healing.  But everyone’s gifts were equally important.  Everyone was special and they worked together to spread the Good News about God’s love.

Reflecting

The display is a model of a church building, but church is not just about the building, church is used to describe the people who follow Jesus, who are God’s people.  Churches today work together, sometimes inside the church building, but often in other places:  sometimes church is found in school or in someone’s house, or at work.  By sharing their gifts, talents and abilities, we can all help to build up the church and our communities.

Responding

In what ways might you help to share God’s love and message to those you meet in your life? 

You might like to pray:

Dear God, we celebrate the gifts of others, as well as the gifts that you have given us.  Help me to use my gifts to work together with others, to meet the needs of everyone.   Amen.


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