Lent and Easter are two very special seasons for Christians throughout the world. It’s the time when we stand back, take stock and reflect and remember once again Christ’s journey to the cross.  It’s inevitably a more serious season – the church is bare, and Christians usually undertake a Lent Course that helps them go deeper in their faith.

For us here at St George’s our Lent course was ‘Radical Welcome’. We think that we are a welcoming and friendly church, but do not want to rest on our laurels, and are conscious that we can always do better.

We worked with the school to explore the stations of the cross with the children, and on Good Friday had a morning of crafts, games followed by a party lunch.

For the adults, we headed into Holy Week when we gathered together for Maundy Thursday as we remembered Christ’s last supper, and then on Good Friday we gathered together for Three Hours, contemplating Jesus’ last words on the cross, interspersed with reflections, hymns, and music from Haydn.  Then on Easter Eve we renewed our baptism vows, and gathered around an Easter Fire with marshmallows! Finally on Easter Day we celebrated with flowers, confetti, Easter Egg hunt and gifts for the children! A wonderful way to usher in the new season of joy!