CHILDREN in parishes and schools across
Portsmouth diocese were invited to take part in an
Easter competition. The challenge was to draw a picture and write
100 words to describe what Easter means. There were two categories
- under-11s, and 11-to-18-year-olds - and, unsurprisingly, the
majority of entries came from the younger age group. Dozens were
received by email and post, and the judges had difficulty choosing
Six of them are pictured here with their prizes: left to
right: Freddie North, 8; Abigail Tuttle, 11; Dexter
Hammersley, 9; Tom Bonnar, 10; Henry Bender, 10; and Jessica
Dexter, who was very excited at winning, said: "I really enjoy
drawing. I wasn't sure what to draw at first, the cross or the
tomb. The rest of my friends were drawing the cross. I thought the
tomb would be more of a challenge, and I like a challenge."
Freddie had some new paints, but had used up all the colours
"except for the orange, which I used for the background, and the
black, which I needed for the cross. . . I wanted to make my
picture stand out more; so I used black tape for the outside."
Abigail was even more ambitious, trying to get Palm Sunday, Good
Friday, and Easter Day all into one picture. "I wanted people to
know how the crowd had changed. On Palm Sunday, the crowd was
praising and bowing down to Jesus; but just a few days later, he
was crucified. It is quite a big change."
The children were presented with their Real Easter Eggs at
Portsmouth Cathedral by Canon David Isaac.