[Translate to Englisch:] Herzliche Einladung zum Fest der weltweiten Kirche und Mission. / You are welcome to join the Pentecost Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. (Grafik: EMS / Monika Richter)info_outline
[Translate to Englisch:] Herzliche Einladung zum Fest der weltweiten Kirche und Mission. / You are welcome to join the Pentecost Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. (Grafik: EMS / Monika Richter)
08. May 2017 EMSOPipit

You are welcome to join the Pentecost Festival on 5 June 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany

Pentecosta very special Christian Festival

50 days after celebrating Easter, Christians worldwide celebrate the next festival: Pentecost. The word "Pentecost" already reveals when the festival takes place: It comes from old Greek "pentēkostē hēméra", that means "fiftieth day" after Easter. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit was descending on the followers and apostles of Jesus Christ. A few days before, we celebrate the fest of the Ascension Day when Jesus Christ was ascending to heaven. Through Gods Holy Spirit, which he gave us on Pentecost, we are still very closely connected to God.
When the apostles and the disciples were gathering and received the Holy Spirit on the very first Pentecost, they were really touched and they began to preach in languages of different nations. That is the reason why we also celebrate the birthday of the church and the worldwide mission on Pentecost. It all started on that very day.

2017 is a special year because Christians worldwide also celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reformation (Yes, there is a lot to celebrate :-) ). In the jubilee year, the Lutheran Church of Württemberg, Germany hosts the celebration of the worldwide church and mission on White Monday (05 June 2017) in Stuttgart. The children's programme YOU+ME: FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD is also involved in the activities of the day and offers a programme for children:

10:30 a.m. 12 p.m. Children's Service, Stiftskirche Stuttgart

There will be a children's service in the upper sacristy at the same time as the church service for adults will be taking place. The elephant Emso and the children meet at the main entrance of the church and we will the go upstairs together. The little bird Pipit, Emso's best friend, will also join us. Altogether we will go on an exciting journey to Capernaum and meet Jesus and his friends there. We will sing, celebrate, worship and pray together and we get to know what children worldwide discover in the bible and what moves them.

After the service the children will meet their parents again and together with them they will join the parade to the Hospitalhof.

2:20 p.m. Balloon Launch for all children

In the afternoon a diverse programme for young and old is being offered all around the Hospitalhof in Stuttgart. As a sign of worldwide solidarity among children, boys and girls are welcome to launch balloons at 2:20 pm on the main stage. While the colourful balloons are soaring to sky, we will sing the song "He's got the whole world in his hands" together.
Please come to the booth of YOU+ME: FRIENDS AROUND THE WOLRD at 1:30 pm and pick up your balloons.

3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Handcrafting with Emso, the Elephant

At the booth of YOU+ME:FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD a big unicolored elephant is waiting to become a colourful animal. Children can either paint the elephant or paste it with colourful paper. Parents and everyone who is intereseted may get informed about the children's programme in the meantime. We are looking forward to everyone who is going to visit us at the booth. Emso, the Elephant will also be there. He's so excited and can't wait to see you.

For more information please have a look at www.da-weht-freiheit.de

I would love to see you on White Monday in Stuttgart!

Yours Anna

Anna Kallenberger

coordinates the children's programme

It is wonderful and absolutely fantastic to travel around the world with Emso and Pipit and to make new friends everywhere.
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