St Georges Hyde

Maunday Thursday - Seder/Passover Meal              

During Holy Week we had the opportunity to look towards the promise of Easter Day by firstly holding a service of Compline, at the beginning of the week, this is a simple service of quiet reflection.

Followed on Maundy Thursday by a coming together of the congregation for a Seder/Passover Meal, which commemorates the Exodus of the Jewish people.

Seder customs include drinking four cups of wine, eating matzah, partaking of symbolic foods including bitters herbs and a matzah sandwich of fruit and nuts, amongst other traditions.  Hymns are sung and a celebration of Holy Communion is held.  At the end of the Seder we all join together in a meal.  Afterwards we move into Church to strip the Altar in preparation for Good Friday.

 

Good Friday - Journey to the Cross

On Good Friday we met together for a a Journey to the Cross, which included a representation of the Last Supper, the betrayal in the Garden, and Jesus brought before Pilate to be tried and sentenced, returning finally to the Cross for the Crucifixion.

 

Easter Fun Day                                     

As  you can probably see from the array of photographs lots of fun was had by adults and children alike at our annual Easter Fun Day.

It was wonderful to see families enjoying quality time together watching steam trains, making Easter cards and bonnets and decorating Easter baskets, eggs and nests.

The Easter Garden looked splendid, children watched the Easter story inside the magnificent Easter tomb and had great fun playing games and hunting for eggs outside. And of course there was a wonderful cake stall with irresistible cakes for sale or to enjoy with a very welcome cup of coffee or tea served with a smile by our volunteers in the kitchen.

Well done everyone who helped - what a fantastic way to start our Easter celebrations and witness to our local community our joy that Christ has risen from the dead and is alive today!

 

Easter Service

It was wonderful to see so many people at our Easter celebration. What a lovely start to Easter Day – bacon butties and Bucks Fizz. Thanks to all those who got up early to cook!  Well done, also to all those who bravely paraded their Easter bonnets; you all looked beautiful.

It was great to see lots of children and young people at our service. I’m sure you will agree that one of the highlights of the service was seeing Jo tuck into an Easter egg, sharing it with the children and the cheeky curate. Jo had cleverly hidden a cross inside the egg to help the children understand the true meaning of Easter.   A great idea!

The church looked amazing with the beautiful altar cloth and the tomb and Easter garden in place. The prayer tree looked great and what a wonderful idea for us all to place flowers onto the cross to demonstrate our gratitude for Jesus sacrifice.

Our music group were on brilliant form and the closing song “See what a Morning” I think provided a fantastic climax to our worship.

I hope that happy memories of the service will remain with you and that you won’t forget that “Love changes everything” and that when we allow Jesus into our lives they will never be the same again.