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Visit the historical Easter eggstravaganza at Reading Minster

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TWO Easter eggs thought to be the oldest in the world are on display at Reading Minster. The Piet Van Klinkenberg and the Sallie Maxwell Benett eggs are eggstra special as they are both dated. The Klinkenberg egg is engraved with the date 1912 and the Bennett egg has the inscription ‘Easter Greetings 1899’.

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Watch the crafty Kidlington Christians in action

IN case you missed it, you can read all about St Mary’s Kidlington’s creative response to Lent and Easter here. Now watch a short video of the group in action.

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A Lent reflection with a difference

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THE Revd David Meara reflects on the creative way Kidlington Christians have creatively used Lent as a time of preparing for the mystery of Good Friday and Easter.

Christ’s seamless robe. Photo: Kidlington Church

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Countdown to the first Chinnor Passion Play

AFTER 16 months of work and the involvement of more than 120 people, the first ever Chinnor Passion Play took place on Saturday 1 April.

Jean Sutcliffe, one of the organisers, said: “It has taken 16 months of work to get to this stage, to get the actors together, the script written and all of the musicians in place.

“It started out with one person and now over 120 people have been involved in some way or another. The village has been yarn bombed to bring attention to the play, the churches, groups and individuals have been praying specifically for this venture.  One of the churches is holding a special time of prayer tomorrow evening.  It has been quite a journey and hopefully one that will change people’s lives and their faith.”

Rehearsals for the Chinnor Passion Play. Photo: Jean Sutcliffe

Rehearsals for the Chinnor Passion Play. Photo: Jean Sutcliffe

Rehearsals for the Chinnor Passion Play. Photo: Jean Sutcliffe

Rehearsals for the Chinnor Passion Play. Photo: Jean Sutcliffe

Learning about Easter in Amersham

CHILDREN at St George’s School in Amersham held their annual Easter Parade this week. Pupils aged four to seven worked at home to create Easter bonnets, gardens, decorated crosses and eggs for the competition. The 180 entries were judged by Chairman of Governors David Kirchheimer, Revd David Allsop from the Chenies Benefice and Headteacher Toby Long.

Toby said: “the children excelled in their creative skills to make some truly wonderful entries. The judges had a very hard job to pick the outstanding entries. Children across the school had a wonderful time in preparation for the Easter celebrations and learnt much about the true meaning of Easter.”

Natalia, Ayooluwa, Jack and Molly (all aged 5) wearing their Easter Bonnets.

All the winners received a chocolate Easter egg.

 

 

Easter: Three days that changed the world

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Rector Mike Smith views the banner outside St Peter’s.

Rector Mike Smith views the banner outside St Peter’s.

The events of Holy Week and Easter are three Days that changed the world. Churches are reminding their communities of this story at the heart of the Christian faith this Lent.

A poster and banner campaign in Caversham and Mapledurham highlights the realities of the Easter story: the violence of Jesus’ beatings and crucifixion; the blood that stained the wooden cross; the shining transformation of the Resurrection.

“Easter is the most central focus of our Church year and we wanted everyone in our community to have the chance to learn more and share in our services and celebration of Easter,” says Revd Mike Smith, Rector of Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham Parish. “It’s a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice and the promise of new hope: so no apologies for the striking image of our campaign. We’re hoping people are struck by the starkness of images, and encouraged to find out more at one or other of our churches.”

The story of those 3 Days is retold at www.ctmparish.org.uk/3days or follow the QR code on posters.

Banners can be seen on Church House in Caversham and on St Peter’s Hill outside St Peter’s Church. Posters will be displayed at St Margaret’s, Mapledurham, and St John the Baptist on Gosbrook Road, Caversham, as well St Peter’s.

There are opportunities to join churches marking those 3 Days on Maundy Thursday, April 2, remembering Jesus’ Last Supper; Good Friday, April 3, living through the events of the Crucifixion; Holy Saturday, April 4, with a musical retelling of the story; and Easter Day, April 5, joining in the joy and promise of the Resurrection.

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Notes for Editors

 

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Rector Mike Smith views the banner outside St Peter’s.

 

Easter Services at Caversham Thameside & Mapledurham Parish

(for full details see www.ctmparish.org.uk/events/2015/easter-2015/#Next)

 

St Peter’s Church, The Warren

 

Palm Sunday 29 March, 9.45am – Palm cross procession with Holy Communion, starting in Caversham Court

Monday 30 March-Wednesday 1 April, 8.00pm – Compline

Maundy Thursday 2 April, 8.00pm – Sung Eucharist with foot washing and Watch until midnight

Good Friday 3 April, Midday – Three-hour devotional service ‘at the foot of the Cross’

Easter Day 5 April, 6.00am – The Easter Liturgy:  celebrating the resurrection at dawn, starting in Caversham Court

Easter Day 5 April, 9.45am – Holy Communion for all the family

 

St Margaret’s Church, Mapledurham

 

Palm Sunday 29 March, 11.00am – Palm Sunday Holy Communion

Maundy Thursday 2 April, 7.30pm – Agape supper and Eucharist in Trench Green Hall

Good Friday 3 April, 10.30am – Stations of the cross: walk with Jesus the way of the cross

Easter Day 5 April, 11.00am – Holy Communion for all the family

 

St John the Baptist Church, Gosbrook Road

 

Palm Sunday 29 March, 11.00am – Palm Sunday procession with Holy Communion

Good Friday 3 April, 10.30am – Good Friday All Age service

Holy Saturday 4 April, 4.00pm – Once Upon a Tree: a musical telling of the story of the crucifixion

Easter Day 5 April, 10.00am – Holy Communion for all the family

 

 

For more information:

 

Steve Jenkins    tel 07768 764783 or email stevejenkins100@gmail.com .