“There was a garden in the place that he was crucified…” (Jn 19:41)

At 10am on Good Friday St Chrysostom’s Church stood sombre and bare in preparation for our remembrance of our Lord’s crucifixion. At 12noon there stood an Easter Garden, beautifully crafted by the children and their helpers as we remembered together the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection…

 

This year we held a special service for children on Good Friday morning. At 11am, the children, some parents and other adults gathered together in church to hear the story of Easter, from Jesus sharing his last supper with his friends to his resurrection. We talked together about the wonder of the Easter story and how we move from a very sad day when we remember Jesus dying to the wonderful and happy story that we celebrate at Easter and everyday that Jesus rose from the dead.

 

After hearing the story and singing a song together, young and old(er) joined together and worked hard to transform the material at the back of the church into a beautiful Easter garden. There was painting, cutting, sticking, flower arranging – even the idea of putting a pond in the garden… And even those who said they couldn’t be creative surprised us (and themselves!?) with their contributions. Not least Fr John’s rendition of ‘Here comes the sun’… as we placed the sunshine in the sky!  

 

At 12noon all were rewarded with a drink and a hot cross bun. We talked about why hot cross buns were traditionally eaten on Good Friday and Luke reminded us that it was because that was the day that Jesus died on the Cross. Everyone enjoyed the morning and the garden was very popular with all who came into church in the following days.  

 

Watch out on the church website next week for the photos of our Easter celebrations at St Chrysostom’s… including photos of the Easter Garden and how it was made! www.stchrysostoms.org

 

Penny

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St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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