How should Easter Week be kept so that it isn't an anti-climax?
[Answers, 8 May]
There is no anti-climax in Ludlow. This year, following the
well-known pattern of Experience Easter, which we have used for
seven years as part of the work of Churches Together, we initiated
a new teaching programme, Experience Resurrection. Some 230
children from Years 5 and 6 of the town and village primary schools
came to hear in six sessions, when they moved from one building to
another, the whole story of the 40 days of Easter.
In the course of two-and-a-half hours, they were successively
involved in the Passion story, the events of the first Easter Day,
Thomas's encounter with the Lord, preparation for the journey to
Galilee, the lakeside meeting, and Peter's restoration, the return
to Jerusalem, and the ascension. In all the schools, it has been
met with enthusiasm and new insight by the staff and by all those
In the future, we expect to alternate Experience Easter with
Experience Resurrection. It had been our concern that the five
weeks of Easter confused the sequence of events and had never
conveyed the extraordinary atmosphere that must have prevailed in
Jerusalem and later Galilee. That wonderful excitement and the
questions that it provoked belong as much to today as to the people
of Christ's own time.
(The Revd) Philip Jepps, Orleton, Ludlow,
In my last parish, where we had a lot of funerals, we started an
Annual Memorial Service on the first Sunday evening after Easter
Day. We wrote an invitation to all who had been bereaved. It
attracted a very large congregation, many of whom had gone straight
to the crematorium for their loved one's funeral.
(Canon) John Goodchild, Liverpool
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