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How did the Church begin?
Did you know that the Church has a birthday? A little while after the first Easter, about 50 days, in fact, there was a special festival called Pentecost. During this festival, something special happened to Jesus' friends and many others. They were all in one place, when:
"Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire, which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak." (Acts 2: 2-4)
This was the Holy Spirit. Jesus had promised that God would send a 'Helper' to all people. He said:
“The Helper will come—the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God and who comes from the Father. I will send him to you from the Father, and he will speak about me. And you, too, will speak about me, because you have been with me from the very beginning." (John 15:26-27)
This helper was the Holy Spirit, who made a dramatic appearance at Pentecost! People started telling everybody they met about Jesus, and the Christian Church was born.
You can read about the story here, in Acts chapter 2.
Christians still celebrate Pentecost in churches today. After all, who forgets to celebrate their birthday?!