Easter in Bradley StokeApril 12th, 2019
Every year in Bradley Stoke, a simple cross made of two rough wooden beams is placed on the Pear Tree roundabout. For many people it has become an important annual experience. The red cloth of Good Friday exchanged for a white cloth on Easter morning as a reminder of the events of the first Easter weekend.
For some; Easter is simply a reason to eat chocolate bunnies and eggs, give and receive presents, decorate our homes with springtime flowers. For those whose life is built around the meaning behind the empty cross, Easter makes a powerful statement of hope.
Christians mark Easter as a celebration of new life and fresh starts; a celebration of hope against all odds. The Bible presents the historic Easter events as a part of a cosmic plan, inviting every living person to know that we are each invited to a life of fresh start and an eternal hope.
Because of this, our church services reflect our experiences of the free and undeserved gift from the God who created the world and who made himself known as Jesus of Nazareth. This Jesus lived, was put to death but lives again and forever. His gift is a once and for all statement that we are free from our past record of wrongdoings and set free to live with hope in this world and the next.
Christian faith is built on the belief that these events point us to the gift of love and life from the God we can know because of the empty cross of Jesus of Nazareth and all that it means. Easter is our reminder that Jesus is alive, he is with us, will never leave us and longs to fill our lives with goodness and joy.
As you walk or drive past the Easter cross on Pear Tree roundabout, please see it as an invitation from the churches of our town to explore the meaning of the Easter events. Each service in our churches [see websites below for details] will offer a unique expression of the joyful message of Easter: Jesus is alive! You are very welcome to join us to find out more.
Christ the King [Mautravers Close] and Holy Trinity [Broad Croft]. www.bradleystokeparish.org.uk
Bradley Stoke Evangelical Church [Baileys Court Road] http://bsec.org.uk
City Church [at Bradley Stoke Community School] https://www.citychurch.org.uk/visit/bradley-stoke-site/
Paul Hickley, Vicar of the Parish of Bradley Stoke
Services at Holy Trinity & Christ the King
Communion service / Last supper: Holy Trinity Church at 8pm
All Ages around the cross; Holy Trinity Church at 10am
An Hour at the Cross Meditation : Christ the King Church at 2pm
Easter Celebration, Cafe style, Christ the King Church at 10am
Services at Bradley Stoke Evangelical Church
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