Pentecost this year is 20 May. 

It's the day that Christians all over the world celebrate the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the Jewish harvest festival of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2.

The fact that Pentecost was originally a harvest festival is significant. The Holy Spirit not only equips the Christian to serve and be godly, but gives them courage to share their faith so that a great harvest of people might be gathered into God's kingdom.

We are marking Pentecost this year in three ways:

12.30 Enjoying lunch: A church family bring and share lunch at Old House Farm, Rocky Lane, RH16 4RW. To mark how the gospel has gone to the nations we encourage those who want to, to bring a dish from another country, or a salad or pudding - and something to drink.

16:00 Considering mission: A representative from the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) will be speaking at Grace Church, informing us about their work and encouraging us to play our own part in mission. Mission partners that we support in Asia are part of OMF.

19:00 United prayer: For those that can make it, Mid-Sussex churches are gathering at the Kings Centre in Burgess Hill as part of the national ThyKingdomCome prayer initiative, to pray for people throughout mid-sussex to turn to Christ.