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Bringing puppets to life was the subject of the puppet workshop held at Hutton Rudby Methodist Church on Pentecost Sunday. Rather appropriate, I thought, as we were remembering the Holy Spirit coming upon Jesus' first followers in the form of wind and fire giving them energy and courage to tell others the good news. The afternoon was a whirlwind of learning and sharing skills with various puppets being brought to life: hand puppets, marionettes, signing puppets and rod puppets. Throughout the afternoon there were drinks, biscuits and cakes to revive the puppeteers as well as sandwiches served before the service. The refreshments were generously supplied by people from Hutton Rudby Methodist Church.

The workshop was followed by a Pentecost service were puppets played a big part. Josiah sang about the Perfect Church; Jabez played the disciple Peter telling his wife, Elizabeth, what happened when the Holy Spirit came upon them; and Fizz and Charlie (marionettes) danced along to 'Walk like a Christian' (parody of Walk like an Egyptian). There was an opportunity for those who hadn't been at the workshop to have a go at puppets as we used red gloves to represent tongues of fire to enact the reading from Acts 2:1-4.

During the service we discussed how we give love and how we receive love. Groups wrote their ideas down on heart-shaped pieces of paper. Comments included:

  • Being open to be able to give and receive love
  • Knowing we are worthy
  • Giving and receiving love are two actions that rely on each other like a heart that pumps blood in and out at the same time

We then wrote on the gloves we used earlier in the service one thing we would like to give and receive.

At the start of the service, we had a time of silence to remember the victims of the recent terror attacks and some people put hearts on places in the world they felt needed love. Driving home from the puppet workshop, I heard the song 'Where is the love?' in the benefit concert organised by Ariana Grande. I felt like asking that question too. As I thought back on the afternoon, I wondered perhaps love is in all of us but to see it we need to be brave enough to give and to receive.

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