Easter: Three days that changed the world

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 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.


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


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 .