Pentecost: Britain’s multi-ethnic churches take to the streets
This weekend Britain’s multinational churches take to the streets to celebrate the birth of Christianity in vibrant style ...
This weekend Britain’s multinational churches take to the streets to celebrate the birth of Christianity in vibrant style, with events ranging from sharing a giant birthday cake in Coventry city centre to Argentine opera on the streets of Islington.
Pentecost looks back to the first explosion of multi-ethnic Christian church growth 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem. Pentecost festivals, dubbed ‘the Biggest Birthday Party Ever’ are taking place across the country drawing on the culture of some of the world’s fastest growing churches – sharing free food, dance and music as expressions of their Christian faith.
For example, churches in north London - with congregations drawn from around the globe - are staging a free multi-cultural festival in Islington’s Caledonian Park tomorrow (Saturday 7 June). The all-day event will include music, dancing and food from almost every continent including: a Ghanaian choir, Argentine opera, Ethiopian and Eritrean traditional music, Mexican music and dance, a Spanish choir, and Brazilian traditional music as well as jazz, soul, gospel and folk.
Coventry's Big Birthday Bash run by HOPE Coventry in the centre of town will include a free BBQ funded by the local churches working together, African drumming, a Chinese choir, and a huge birthday cake to be cut by the Lord Mayor at 2pm.
The events are linked as part of HOPE – churches of all denominations across the country working together, putting their Christian faith into words and action. The Pentecost Festivals are being held in partnership with Share Jesus International.
HOPE’s Director Roy Crowne says: "The Church is leaving the building! The hope Jesus gives is amazing news that we want to share. Christians of all cultures, denominations and worship-styles are involved in spreading this good news – just like that first Pentecost. It is great to see so many churches in villages, towns and cities, taking their faith out onto the streets to celebrate the birthday of the church at the heart of their communities."