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Joan with dove collage at celebration time in church

Rae tells the story

Messy Church  'Pentecost' - 27 May 

Report and photos - Jim Paterson

The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

At this time, God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven were staying in Jerusalem.  When they heard all this noise, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?  Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?  Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome  (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’ 

Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’
Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’

In the first He was on trial for His life, when Peter denied the Lord three times, just as Jesus had predicted, and fell into sin. In the second Jesus has conquered death, and Peter affirmed his love for the Lord three times, and was reinstated.

The resurrected Christ forgives and feeds. Our responsibility is to be forgiven, to be fed, and then to forgive and feed. What can we do when we have doubts ourselves?
How can we support the folks who come along who have doubts about Jesus and what he offers? and how can we help them grow in understanding?

Our activities included

Rockets - We made rockets from rolled paper then blew them using a drinking straw.
We thought how the Holy Spirit came (and comes) with power – letting some amazing things happen.

Dove collage - The idea was to make a stained glass window, covering the dove with the feathers and the rest with the coloured squares. It was a team effort which we took over to the church later, for celebration time.

We talk about the way that the Holy Spirit is often described as “coming like a dove”. and why a dove is a good sign. It’s the sign of peace, like the Holy Spirit.

Blow football - Out in the garden in the sunshine we created a 'crazy golf' type course made of cardboard tubes, from which we had to blow a ping pong ball through to the finish.  This was really just a bit of fun, but we talked about how the Holy Spirit always comes with a purpose, and gives us gifts to use with purpose – just as we have to have some plan as we blow our ball around. Otherwise it would all be just a waste of time.

Water bottle wind spirals - We coloured plastic bottles with permanent markers using a variety of colours. We cut the bottle into a spiral, then hung it to watch it rotate in the breeze.

We talked about how the Holy Spirit can turn even the most ordinary and apparently useless among us into someone who can do great things for God. Did we ever feel a bit useless? Do we feel that everyone else is better than us? How can we make this better? Just as we are changing the bottles into something quite special, so the Holy Spirit changes us.

Flame biscuits - This was the one you could eat. We spread crackers with the cream cheese then cut small pieces of the cheese and red peppers to make flames.

We talked about how the Holy Spirit came also like a fire.How might the disciples have felt when they saw the flames around them. Is fire a good image – what does it tell us about the Holy Spirit? (Think what fire does – it cleanses, sets things alight, a sign for being brought to life, clearing the way for new growth)

Peg / Wooden spoon doll disciples - We used pegs and wooden spoons, transforming them into a disciple, giving it a face and clothes, then making a flame from the foam/felt and fix to the head, explaining that this was what the disciples looked like on Pentecost Day –  they seemed to have flames coming from their heads.

We talked about what this might have felt like (scary or what?), and  what it means to be “on fire for God”, and what this means in our lives

Celebration Time in the church was led by Joan Cape and Rae Hunter. Through story, song, video, and the crafts we had completed we heard the story of Pentecost told once again.
We finished with a prayer before returning for a meal with all the families and talking of what we had learned today.

Next March Messy church will be on Sunday 24th June

For  more information on Messy Church contact
Joan Cape 674276 capefamily@talktalk.net

Published - 29 May 2018
Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838