Alton Webteam: May 2015
This year we had our outside Lenten Cross up by the roof marking Holy Week. The cross was made from the trunk of the Christmas Tree which had been displayed there just a few months before. The Cross stands silhouetted against the sky as a sign of this most Holy and sacred time.
Maundy Thursday saw us hold a joint service with the Parish of the Resurrection in our church which was a reflective service of Holy Communion including the litany of Tenebrae where we recalled the seven shadows that fell upon Jesus during the events of his passion — each time a reading was shared, a candle was extinguished until all left in silence and darkness.
Following our 9:00am Good Friday Service, over 200 Christians from Alton and the surrounding villages joined in the Good Friday Walk of Witness. Beginning at the Harvest Church with a prayer, reading and hymn, they processed behind the large wooden cross to our Church, All Saints', the Market Square and finally to St. Lawrence Church, where after the final reading, hymn and prayer, refreshments were shared together.
Easter morning, saw around 40 people at the sunrise communion service at 6:15am in the grounds of All Saints Church. Gathered around the brazier, candles were lit as we we welcomed the Easter Dawn and with it, the good news that He is Risen!
Our outside Lenten Cross was transformed and will now stay up right through until the end of the Easter season on 17th May as a sign of the good news of Easter.
Over 40 people gathered for a fantastic church breakfast courtesy of Deborah and Chris McCallum — their culinary 'swang-song' before they leave us for Somerset. Over 100 people then gathered for our Easter Morning service of celebration, where we transformed our internal Lenten Cross with flowers as a sign of resurrection, new life, hope and peace.
The weekend ended with our 6:30pm Easter Evening service.
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