Holy Week and Easter was celebrated in a variety of ways within our community.
Easter Fun Day
On Palm Saturday, we had our regular Easter Fun Day when about a dozen children shared together in games, craft activities and a retelling of the Easter story. We created an Easter Garden, decorated biscuits, and made bead crosses, Easter chicks and a Holy Week calendar wheel. Great fun was had by all, both children and adults alike!
The Stations of the Passion
During Holy Week, once again we hosted a series of prayer stations in the church inviting people to reflect on the passion story. There was an opportunity to use "30 pieces of silver" to think about what is really valuable to you, a chance to reflect on those things we avoid or of which we "wash our hands", and time to think about betrayal, both of us and by us. People were able to reflect on their shattered dreams, use oil to pray for healing, make a cross out of nails, think of the way Simon of Cyrene enters into Jesus' pain, and spend time with God sharing bread and wine, all to the background of Bach's St Matthew or St John Passion.
Easter morning itself began early for some of our members as they joined with other Christians in Woodstock and Bladon to celebrate a sunrise communion by the lake at Blenheim. Although cold, it was a delight to be singing Easter hymns, accompanied by Canadian geese, with the rising sun glinting off the roof of Blenheim Palace. After the short service, there was time to share bacon rolls and tea before heading back into the town.
At our normal service, it was a delight to welcome friends and family of Martha Boon as we celebrated her baptism. Our all-age Easter celebration then continued with a reminder of the Easter story, a little rope magic, some serious science, an Easter egg hunt and the bringing to life of the cross with flowers. As always, the church had been beautifully decorated by Gill Neller and her helpers and everyone left feeling uplifted and full of the joys of Easter.