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Experiencing Easter

02 May 2014

EVERY Lent, Bath Abbey dedicates two weeks to offering an "Experience Easter" to schoolchildren and visitors. Stations of the Cross are set up in different parts of the Abbey, with each station representing a different theme, experience, and message.

Using the Easter story, those taking part have the opportunity, Elaine Teh, of the Abbey staff, says, to engage in "creative thinking, art evaluation, and hands-on activities to enable them to explore and reflect on the events leading up to Jesus' death".

This year, more than 630 local schoolchildren from Years 5 and 6 (aged nine and ten) came to journey round the Stations.They started with "Hopes and Dreams" on Palm Sunday, and went through the week to end with the Stations "The empty tomb" and "The resurrection".

Peter Jones, a retired schoolteacher who is now one of the Abbey's 30 volunteers, and has been part of the Easter Experience workshops for years, says that he never fails to be impressed by "how enthralled the childrenare as they find out about the inspiring events of the first Easter.

"The story is engrossing because it is about ordinary people - like you and me, and like the children we are speaking to - and their response to events is beyond human understanding".

Adult visitors are provided with a special leaflet to use as they walk round the Abbey, to help them reflect on the events of Easter.

The Visitors' Officer, Dawn Farmer, says: "Sometimes, all it takes is a memorable visit to somewhere special like the Abbey for the real message of Easter to have full impact."

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