Tents on the Green festival to celebrate Pentecost

    31 May 2017

    This Friday, people from across Hampshire and further afield will gather at Winchester Cathedral for the start of a 48-hour festival of worship music, prayer and mission as Pentecost begins.

    The festival coincides with Thy Kingdom Come, the Church of England’s global prayer movement, and aims to show that the journey towards God is an everyday and lifetime experience. Tents on the Green will be open to those of all faiths and none, allowing those attending the opportunity to meet people from across the Diocese and to get involved in a range of activities.

    During the day on Saturday, Tents on the Green will feature activities including a Bouncy Cathedral, a DIY smoothie making stand, a youth tent and a families zone. Visitors will also be able to have Jesus Deck readings, find out who their Saint is, and get involved in praying for or seeking healing.

    Following the day’s activities, there will be a question-and-answer session in the upstairs bar of the Slug & Lettuce on the Square, followed by the opportunity to take part in overnight worship in the Cathedral.

    Activities will resume on Sunday, with the Rt Revd Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, and the Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester Cathedral, preaching on the Green. This will be followed in the evening by the Pentecost Beacon service as part of Thy Kingdom Come with an overflow screen in the Inner Close.  Over 3,000 people have booked to attend.

    Hosted by Winchester Cathedral and jointly organised by the Diocese, the Cathedral and the BURN 24-7 worship team, activities on Saturday are being coordinated by the Revd Sally Dakin, the Diocese of Winchester’s Spirituality Advisor.

    Commenting, the Revd Sally Dakin, said:

    “This year’s event is about Christians from all sorts of backgrounds working together to celebrate God’s love in this joyful festival.  It’s open to those of all faiths and none, and what we really want is for the weekend to be a blessing to Winchester and its people. We want to connect with people who are passing by and to make sure that everyone knows that they are loved.”

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