Message Raughton Head Parish Magazine Rose Castle
Easter is Coming: Light coming out of darkness. Life coming out of death. Hope being restored. 
This year we will be marking Good Friday and celebrating Easter - fervently and appropriately, albeit a little bit differently.
In the last days of his life Jesus walked from Galilee to Jerusalem, knowing he was heading towards his death, telling his disciples that he must suffer and be rejected, be killed, and after three days rise again. He was arrested at the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem, put on trial in the temple courtyard, and then taken to Pilate in the Praetorium. After they had mocked and beaten him they made him carry his cross to Golgotha where he was crucified. His body was taken to a tomb in a garden. Three days later he rose from the dead; proving that he had beaten sin, the devil and death. 
We mark his painful journey on Good Friday and we celebrate his world changing resurrection on Easter Sunday. I would like to invite you to join me for a Good Friday journey, a travelling Good Friday Service. We will read each stage of the Passion narrative on the doorstep of each of our churches and walk between them as a walk of witness and commemoration. You can join me at the door of each church, walk part of the way with me or watch the service on Facebook. Then on Easter Sunday our teaching and singing will be online as usual but will also be celebrated with a brief 10 minute service of communion in each of our churches.
The motivation behind planning the services this way is to create events which are safe yet can involve everybody, and to make our preparation for Easter which is special yet also accessible. Each of the Communion services will follow all social distancing guidelines and will be necessarily short. Please do not feel any pressure to attend if it is safer for you to stay home.
God bless.
Ben Phillips - 070360 99123

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