- St Peter's Rectory
- Byers Green
- Co Durham
- DL16 7NL
BI-Monthly Letter from Priest in Charge
On 9 June we celebrate the birth of the Church on Pentecost Sunday (Whitsun) when we remember how the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples ten days after Jesus ascended to the Father. We are told in the Book of Acts that the Spirit appeared like tongues of fire and a rushing wind and bystanders heard the disciples speaking in foreign tongues. More significantly, the Holy Spirit gave the disciple, Peter, a new boldness and 3000 people came to faith through his preaching that day.
As I think of Pentecost I am reminded of an extraordinary event that took place at All Saints’ Church Hall in Monkwearmouth in 1884. During a meeting the Vicar, the Rev Alexander Boddy, began to speak in a ‘strange language’. The event became known as the day ‘the fire of the Lord fell on the church’ and the Pentecostal movement began, inspiring a global revolution. This ‘strange language’ is something that many Christians experience to this day and it is a way of expressing deep spiritual things that are hard to articulate in our everyday language. To this day there is a plaque outside All Saints Church Hall noting the date when ‘the fire fell and burned up all the debt’. One of the signs of the Holy Spirit at work is that the life of a church is transformed and that includes the church’s finances as well as an increase in numbers of worshippers who have experienced transformed lives.
My prayer for St Peter’s is that the fire will fall on us this Pentecost season and that we will see more people coming to a living faith. One way we are helping this to happen is our decision to run an Alpha Course this year. Please see information about this in this month’s magazine. However, it is really only the power of the Spirit that can bring about such fruitfulness.
Yours in Christ
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR MAGAZINE NOW COMES OUT BI-MONTHLY. THEREFORE MY NEXT LETTER WILL APPEAR AT THE BEGINNING OF JULY.