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On the trail

28 March 2013

FOR one week in Lent, St Mary the Virgin, Goldington, Bedford, in St Albans diocese, was transformed into the "Easter Story Trail". It had been inspired by Peter and Julie Fraser, of the Bible Encounter Trust. A team from Churches Together in Goldington worked to paint scenery, erect frameworks, and create four scenes from the story: the Upper Room, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Cross, and the Empty Tomb. (Lent studies had also been based on these four scenes.)

More than 400 children from local primary schools visited the Trail, where, at each scene, they listened to narrators, dressed in first-century costume, tell their part of the Easter story.

Writing in the Trail visitors' book, words such as "awesome" were used by children and adults alike. The Vicar, the Revd Richard Howlett, said that it had been a wonderful opportunity to welcome the children and adults, and to explain the good news of Easter in an age when such general knowledge cannot be taken for granted.

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