JOIN THE PARTY IN 2015 | 16th-31st MAY

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In 2014 Britain’s multinational Church took to the streets over Pentecost 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’ took 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.

Free multi-cultural festival
Churches in north London - with congregations drawn from around the globe - staged a free multi-cultural festival in Islington’s Caledonian Park . The all-day event attracted 3,000 people to enjoy 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. A story-telling tent gave people opportunities to hear about Jesus: 500 hundred people heard Christians tell how knowing Jesus makes a difference to life. Three people became Christians at the event and 30 people wanted to know more about Christianity.  The Mayor of Islington said: ‘This event should be annual event.’ 

Mayor cuts the Big Birthday cake in Coventry 
Coventry's Big Birthday Bash run by HOPE Coventry in the centre of town included 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. 
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.’
The Pentecost Festivals were held in partnership with Share Jesus International. 

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Catherine Butcher, 05/02/2015