Celebrating Pentecost11 Jun 2019 By Sam Setchell
Events in Worcester and Dudley celebrated Pentecost last Sunday.
Last weekend saw a number of celebrations of Pentecost across the Diocese and the culmination of the ten days of Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come with major events in both Dudley and Worcester.
Praying for Dudley
In Dudley, around 150 people gathered in the Priory Park ruins to worship God together and pray for the life of the Borough.
Those who braved the uncertain weather were treated to a sketch on prayer from the Saltmine Theatre Group and sang a number of well-known songs led by Vie Watson and a small group of singers and keyboardist Chris Smith.
Leaders of different churches from across the Borough shared a short testimony on prayer before we split into smaller groups to pray for different aspects of our lives in the area. Oatcakes were shared as a sign of being part of Christ’s Church in Dudley Borough together before the leaders came to the front to bless everyone gathered.
The service finished as the rain began to come down again and those present dispersed, taking with them flags as a reminder to continue to pray for the local area.
In Worcester, the first of two events at the University Arena was a concert for children and their families. Over 500 people sang and danced their way through a very special celebration, led by Shell Perris and iSingPop.
The families loved the glow sticks and beach balls that were on offer and heard more about what it means to be a Christian. At the end of the concert, there was a chance for the young people to give their lives to Christ and over 100 came forward! It is hoped that Alive Worcestershire will take place three times a year, with the next concert happening in October.
Thy Kingdom Come Worcestershire
It was a quick turnaround at the Arena with the final event for Pentecost taking place at 7.30pm. Around 1,500 people packed into the venue – coming together to pray for more people to come to faith in the County.
The evening was opened in prayer by Bishop John after which worship was led by the All Saints’ worship band – joined on some songs by the Salvation Army. Those present were encouraged to see their prayers ‘take flight’ as they wrote them on paper which was turned into an aeroplane and flown across the room. At the end these were taken home to be prayed by someone else.
We were also treated to an inspirational talk by the evangelist, Canon J John who reinforced the importance of sharing our faith with others around us – in whatever way we feel God is asking us to do so. At the end of the evening, church leaders from across the city took to the stage to lead us in prayer as the Arena sang a taize chant.