The Holy Spirit @ Holy Trinity Church Parish Hall

child playing with bubblesThe theme of Messy Church on the 18th May, was the Holy Spirit . Pentecost is the day when the we celebrate God's gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Christian Church.

Pentecost is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, "fiftieth").

The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that is the way Christians understand God. The Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples and other followers of Jesus during the festival of Shavuot.. The Holy Spirit came in the form of a mighty wind and tongues of fire came to rest on each of those present. Having being filled with the Holy Spirit the people could talk in different languagesand immediately began to preach about Jesus Christ to Jewish people from all over the world who flocked to Jerusalem for the Feast of Shavuot. The story of the first Pentecost can be found in Acts Chapter 2, verses 1-21

Activities

decorating lettersDecorated Language - People of different countries praise God in different ways and in different languages. The Holy Spirit enabled the followers of Jesus to speak in different languages and so spread the Good News to lands far from Jerusalem. In this activity the children wrote the word God in different languages and then decorated them.

 

Making palm leavesBirthday cakes - Pentecost is the day the church celebrates its birthday, the day Jesus' Holy Spirit came to the first disciples.

To celebrate the birthday of the church we decorated cakes.

 

 

blowing paintBlow Painting - God's Holy Spirit came in the form of a powerful wind. The Holy Spirit is like God's breath and we talked about how our breath can be like a wind. To illustrate this further we used our breath to blow paintacross paper to make interesting patterns and pictures.

 

 

Aeroplane prayersAeroplane prayers - We made paper aeroplanes and wrote prayers on them ready to launch into the air for God in the worship.

 

 

 

 

Boy blowing bubblesBubbles - The Holy Spirit fills us like our breath fills the bubble mixture. THe children had a great time blowing bubbles and then chasing around after them trying to burst them.

 

Calligraphy

decorating lettersMedieval monks used to make copies of the bible by hand. To make the pages really beautiful they used to decorate letters with patterns and pictures.

 

 

 

The Worship

Puppets performing at worshipAfter an hour of activities we moved into the Jubilee hall for the worship part of the afternoon. We sang songs with the help of the puppetsand launched our prayer areoplanes as Rachel explained a bit more about the Holy Spirit and Pentecost. After the worship there was food and a time of fellowship.

The next Messy Church at Holy Trinity Parish Hall will be in July, but if you can't wait until then Messy Church is being held at Regate School on Sunday, 23rd June. We'd love to see you there.