It seems amazing that I am already writing a letter for April! The year seems to be rushing by. April is a lovely month partly due to the spring weather and the new growth of plants and trees but also because it usually, as this year, contains the wonderful festival of Easter. This year it is Sunday 16th April. It is a great day in itself but even more special if you have been marking the six weeks of Lent in a significant way and can celebrate Easter by enjoying something you have voluntarily given up since Ash Wednesday.
For me though, Easter has always been made more special by marking the other big events that lead up to it in what Christians call Holy Week. These are: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Each of them has its own special character and mood, reflecting the rapidly shifting moods of the actual events. It begins with the celebratory entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), which we shall mark with processions at Barford and Hampton Lucy, beginning at Memorial Hall and Village Hall respectively at just before 9.30. Maundy Thursday commemorates the last supper and the disciples going to Gethsemane. We will mark that at both Wasperton and Hampton Lucy Churches at 7.30pm. On Good Friday we will remember the dark events of that day in a dramatic and interactive way at Hampton Lucy’s Hot Cross Bun Service and in a more reflective way at services in the afternoon and evening. (See the services page for details.)
If you make that ‘journey’ by getting to at least one service on each of the first three days, my experience is that it really makes Easter Day more special. Why not give it a try?
In addition the oldest children from Barford School will be presenting the whole story dramatically in Barford Church on Tuesday (4th) and Wednesday (5th) of April just after 9 am. Last year they were fantastic. All are welcome.