The feast of Pentecost remembers how the early Christians took their message onto the streets of the city with enthusiasm and energy. Pentecost Celebrations want to capture something of that same spirit of celebration.
People from across Merseyside normally gather in Hope Street to celebrate the Christian Festival of Pentecost. Inspired by the Pope’s visit to the city in 1982, this bi-annual event has now become a regular feature of life in Liverpool city.
Pentecost 2021 in Liverpool
The Spirit at work in our community
The last year or so has been one of significant challenge to us all, yet one that underlines our role as a people of faith to be beacons of hope within our communities. COVID has severely disrupted many of the ways in which we seek to express that - one of which is our annual Pentecost festival based around the two cathedrals.
For 2021, we are again seeking to make this an online event, and plans are already underway to provide an enriching online experience for those who join.
As part of that service, we want to recognise and celebrate the many ways in which churches are working locally within their communities, and we would love you to be part of that. Our request is that you seek to take a photograph that in some way or another encapsulates "The Spirit at work in our community". This might be a feature of the natural environment, an image from your church buildings that particularly inspires you, and example of people working together to provide support to one another - or something quite different. Please do not feel that you need to conform to any prescribed standard, we simply ask that you offer us a photograph of reasonable quality along with a sentence that explains where it was taken and something of why you have chosen it. Please ensure that if it contains images of people, that you have their permission to share it.
We hope to include as many of these as possible within the service on Pentecost Sunday (23rd May 2021) so please send your photograph (digital please) as soon as possible but no later than Sunday, 9th May, please. Please send it to Elisabeth at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing and sharing your images
Pentecost Celebrations in Liverpool in 2020
Last year’s event in Liverpool took place on-line because of the COVID 19 pandemic. The virtual walk along Hope Street was led by Sheryl Anderson, Chair of Liverpool Methodist District and there were contributions by Bishop Paul and Archbishop Malcolm as well as the deans of our two cathedrals. To follow this on-line service, please click here.
Watch this space for this year's Pentecost Celebrations.
Prayer for St Helens in the week leading up to Pentecost and on Pentecost Sunday
Prayer for St Helens teamed up with Church in the Square and St Helens Church Leaders to create United2020, a week long programme of online content created by St Helens Church Leaders across the denominations to engage, inspire and transform lives.
People joined each day from 25 - 31 May 2020, and prayers culminating in a United Online Service on Sunday 31 May 2020 all churches engaged with it - just as they would have done in St Helens Church Square at Pentecost!
The programme was accessible in a variety of ways - online at churchinthesquare.co.uk or via Facebook and Instagram.
For those that were not online, a physical resource was produced! Resources can still be accessed by sending an email using this link.
One of the key messages of Pentecost is that people of many different nationalities were included and brought together in common accord. At this time in the life our nation, it feels particularly important that these positive narratives are unleashed and heard.
For the Pentecost 2021 event in St Helens please visit https://www.facebook.com/unitedsthelens/