Hi everyone…

I mentioned briefly on Sunday a few ideas for helping us to engage with the amazing story of this week and thought I might put some of them on the website as I wasn’t the most articulate at that point…

Like many of us (most of us?) I need help to dig deep into the Easter story and making it personal to me, alive… Getting together with others who want to explore the themes with me or to chat about them always helps and that is why we are having a few specific meetings this week looking at the story together. On Thursday night we are looking at the last supper and the events just after that… on Friday morning at 10am we are going to focus on the walk to the cross and the death of Jesus… and on Sunday we are going to celebrate the resurrection together as a family with breakfast between the two services at 10.30. Come ready to listen, to reflect, to pray, to pray, to give thanks, to explore… On a lighter note I imagine, Clare and others are going to open up Rose Cottage on Easter evening, from 5pm, for a bring and share supper : )

Check out the services at other churches too that might connect – Bath Abbey are putting on some beautiful services around music that some are thinking of going to, such as St Matthew’s passion on Wednesday night…

As well as gathering as a big group how about getting together with one or two others and having an ‘Easter Chat’ or something like that – a time to discuss with a couple of others the impact of Jesus death and resurrection on your lives and to pray together rooting it’s benefits in your lives. Tory and I have been using a daily prayer Tory found, written by John Eldredge, which we are loving. If you haven’t picked up a copy over the last few weeks, then you can download it from the website here

If you want to read something online try these short daily readings from beliefnet

Or how about giving up a few minutes to reflect using this haunting flash narration of Jesus’ passion and death with illustrations and quotes… here

There are loads of other resources online, so enjoy searching out good ones… and if you find any that help, send me the link : )

Others of us might like to use art or music to express something, and others still might find it helpful to write a letter to God or to do some other kind of written reflection…

Over all, the aim is not to do a whole load of religious or spiritual stuff – it is simply to find a way of helping yourself to reconnect with this truest of all stories that changes our world and our lives.

Live it. Pray it. Love it.

Have a great week
Rich