‘He (Jesus) went on to open their understanding of the Word of God, showing them how to read their bibles this way. He said, “you can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations starting from here, from Jerusalem!”’
Luke 24.45-47, The Message Version.
This Easter, as I look around All Saints’, I’m struck again by how much one group of Christian believers who follow the Risen Lord Jesus can achieve for God. Like so many Christians in our own town, nation-wide, and then world – wide, our concern is to be a part of what God is doing in our generation, that the Good News of Jesus Christ is heard and understood.Easter is always an exciting time to be a follower of Jesus, and at All Saints’ that includes working on a ‘Welcome Church Garden’ project – transforming a dilapidated grave-yard into a welcoming space for the Church, School and Community to use in the coming months. If you’ve been in All Saints’ you’ll know just how welcoming the building and people are, but for those who haven’t, we hope that you’ll be attracted enough by what you see outside, to come inside and see what’s going on.
This Easter that will include our usual Easter services, but especially our ‘Good Friday Happening’ for families and children. The event starts at 10.30am, consisting of lots of activities for children, concluding with a short story and explanation to help us connect with the ongoing Easter story.
The Good Friday Happening is built on our regular children’s work on Sunday’s (which includes a crèche and activities during the week at our Parents & Toddler’s groups). The children’s work reflects the Spirit of All Saints’, which is open and fun. As some of our children get towards secondary school age, we’re also in the process of developing a specific group and activities for them. You might want to find out more about that development - come along and see what’s coming up.
It’s not all about families, children and teenagers, as wonderful as they are, there’s also a group who have developed a wonderful Easter service and tea for our older members and friends. You would be very welcome to come along and enjoy friendship at that event. There is much more that goes on through the year – how about joining us for our Church Family Weekend in the Lake District in October - or more locally, ask about the small groups that meet regularly in homes where we share, study and care together, working out what it means ‘to meet God with family and friends’- our core church vision.
You can find out more on the above and the wider life of All Saints’ through the web site, or by contacting the administrator or myself. We are a church that works hard to be an Easter Church throughout the year and you would be welcome to come along at any time. Come and join us to find out what it means to be a Christian in the twenty first century.
With every Easter Blessing in Christ, Steve