Join us on Sunday, May 15th at 10am for one combined service. We begin with a Pentecost Parade from the Town Common at 9:45am that leads all the way to Saint James Episcopal Church. We wear red, carry balloons, beat on drums, jingle chimes, blow bubble balloons, and share a lot of laughter. We then have a special worship service (featuring a baptism and a special liturgy to welcome our newest members), followed by fun, food, and fellowship on the lawn of the church. There will be a free, delicious meal with chicken, hot dogs, salads, dessert, and more. We will also have the Morris Dancers, followed by a Pentecost Birthday Party round robin for kids and their families from 12-1pm with games, crafts, and more! Please spread the word and come for the fun! Bring a friend!
Wondering what is Pentecost? The term means "the fiftieth day." It is used in both the Old and New Testaments. In the OT it refers to a feast of seven weeks known as the Feast of Weeks. It was apparently an agricultural event that focused on the harvesting of first fruits. Josephus referred to Pentecost as the fiftieth day after the first day of Passover. The term is used in the NT to refer to the coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1), shortly after Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension. Christians came to understand the meaning of Pentecost in terms of the gift of the Spirit. The Pentecost event was the fulfillment of a promise which Jesus gave concerning the return of the Holy Spirit. In the Christian tradition, Pentecost is now the seventh Sunday after Easter. It emphasizes that the church is understood as the body of Christ which is drawn together and given life by the Holy Spirit. Some understand Pentecost to be the origin and sending out of the church into the world. The liturgical color for the feast is red. Pentecost has also been known as Whitsun or Whitsunday, a corruption of "White Sunday." This term reflects the custom by which those who were baptized at the Vigil of Pentecost would wear their white baptismal garments to church on the Day of Pentecost. (From the Episcopal Dictionary)