Parishes sign up for big Pentecost event


Fire Works is stoking up! The major diocesan event planned for the eve of Pentecost, Saturday May 30, is gaining momentum in the parishes, with some congregations already having booked to make sure of their seats for the City Hall.

Fire Works bookmarks together with a flyer are going out to every parish in the diocese, and the message from the Fire Works task group is: Don’t hang about, get booking!

Fire Works organiser Canon John Sadler says: “Even before parishes received the flyers and bookmarks, we had orders for tickets!”

He adds: “We’re asking everyone to include their email address when they order tickets, because we want to acknowledge recepit of every order. We are still waiting for the actual tickets to come from City Hall and acknowledging receipt by email will be much cheaper than sending out letters. The tickets will then be sent out as soon as we receive them.”

The Task Group plans to make this an event to remember, John says, as well as a time of renewal and refreshment in the Church here in the Newcastle Diocese.

Before the evening celebration, the city centre will play host to an afternoon of amazing variety! Workshops and activities will be taking place around the city for everyone to enjoy, including: Art, Drumming, Dance, Breathe (an interactive experience for people wanting to explore the beliefs and ideas of the Christian faith), Godly Play, a film (at the Tyneside Theatre), Children’s activities, City Guides, Bell Ringing, Cathedral Evensong, Healing, John Bell, Prayer Walk and Taizé (further details of all these available nearer the time).

At the evening celebration: Using our stories and images, plus drama and song, the first half of the evening will reflect what God is doing among and through us in the diocese. In the second half, music and word will call us forward in worship to imagine new hopes and possibilities of where the Holy Spirit may be leading us. John Bell of the Iona Community and Jonny Baker of Grace, a creative and alternative worship community in London, will encourage and inspire us. The evening will close with a commission from Bishop Martin, sending us out in the power of the Spirit to live and work to God’s praise and glory.

What will it cost ? The whole day is being generously subsidised, but to cover remaining costs tickets will be sold for the evening celebration at the City Hall (and apart from the film, everything else is free). Tickets are £8 each (children £5). Space in the City Hall is limited and from past experience we recommend buying tickets early. Send advance orders for tickets to “Fire Works Tickets, c/o Byker Community Centre, Headlam Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2DX” (please make cheques payable to ‘The Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance’). For further information ring 07836 354843


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