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children at the experiencing easter
 
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special events

Pancake Fun

For Shrove Tuesday we had free pancakes, races, a quiz, a band and fun.

free pancakes and fun

making the pancakes in the kitchen

Yummy!

pancakes ready to be eaten.

pancake races

At the start line!

tossing the pancakes

the band

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Experience Easter

Experience Easter @ St Cuthbert’s

Here at St Cuthbert’s we have been hosting Experience Easter for local school children for the past four years. The story goes back a long time to the day when Sister Penny Horseman C.A. first saw “Experience Easter set up in a church. “I thought it was such a good idea”, said Penny. “Set up six places in your church to look like events from Holy Week and invite children to come in and hear the story told, while sitting inside the event. I had wanted to try it for years. It started in the Gloucester Diocese and had spread worldwide.

Penny also thought that it would add to the children’s experience if the adult helpers from the church dressed in Biblical costume. 

When they arrived the children were divided up into small groups, given a card to collect picture stamps at each place they visited and set off to tour the church.

After five places had been visited the whole class gathered at the East End of the church to hear the Resurrection story together. “I told the children when they first arrived that some parts of the story are sad but that we would all be joining together for the happy ending. I think it is important that the Easter story is handled sensitively but honestly with children” said Penny. 

There was time in the small groups for children to express what they felt about the story as well as to do an activity that was meaningful for their age group. Experience Easter has been put together by educationalists from the Diocese of Gloucester so is appropriate to the children and to the school curriculum.

As you can see from the pictures we have also included the Experience Easter into our Holy Week services, so adults can now enjoy it too!

experience Easter notes

experience easter notes

story tellers

more story tellers

The story tellers

children listen to the story of hopes and dreams

Hopes and Dreams

The great crowd that had come fo the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" Question - Is it easier to go with the crowd?

hopes and dreams with the adults

stones that the children wrote their hopes on

Some of the children's hopes.

some more stones

servant king

Servant King

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "Anyone who wants to be the first must be the very last, and servant of all. Question - How do we serve others?

children listen to the story of the servant king

dipping the fingers into the water

adults draw a sign of the cross on each other

Sharing a sign of the cross

remeber me

Remeber Me

Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in rememberance of me". Question - How is Jesus known to us in the breaking of bread?

sharing the bread

children listen to the story of the upper room

Alone in the garden of gethsemany

Alone

Watch and pray. Circle me Lord. Keep distraction without, keep peace within. Circle me Lord.

children sit in the garden to listen to the story

Adults putting their figures into the garden

Placing the little figures into the garden

the garden of gathsemany with the little figures

sharing our sorrows the large cross

Sharing our Sorrows

And they crucified him.... Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom

penny next to the cross

children listen to the story of the cross

children sit by the cross

adults listen to the story of the crucifiction

small crosses of sorrow

resurection all the children gather around the alter

Resurection

"He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him" Question - Where do we see Jesus in our 'Galilee'?

adults gather around the alter

the children draw faces to depict the feelings of the resurection

Drawing faces of the feelings shown

the childrens faces posted on the wall next to the alter

The faces!

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