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Out of the questions

15 May 2015


Your answers

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 participating.

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, Shropshire


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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