Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter in St Mabyn

Holy Week started with Palm Sunday and the distribution of palm crosses, which had been made by members of the Lent Bible Study Group, this service was conducted by the Reverend David Pollard. On Maundy Thursday there was a service of Agape, recreating the Last Supper and led by Steve Williams, who also led the Good Friday Hour of Meditation, all held in church. We then had something totally different, for us! Given that Easter is all about the return of the light, what better way to experience that than to be up for sunrise on Easter Day? Thirteen of us gathered at Burlerrow Farm at 6 am and walked up to the field  by the windmill for our Sunrise Service, led by Steve Williams, which movingly re enacted the Resurrection and the empty tomb. Afterwards everyone repaired to the Village Hall to warm up and enjoy bacon butties and breakfast, kindly organised by Sandra and her family. The action then moved to the church for the 10 am Easter Celebration Communion, which the Rev. Canon Dave Elkington kindly emerged from his well earned retirement to lead. A much larger congregation, including several young families, enjoyed rousing music from the organ and Music Group, and Dave’s thought provoking sermon on why the events of that first Easter Day put love at the centre of everything. Special thanks to all the flower arrangers as, after the austerity of Lent, the many beautiful flower arrangements added joy and colour – and of course also to John and Anthea Lobb for the Easter Garden round the font – it really is lovely, please go and see! The young children who joined us for Easter Sunday enjoyed not only the children’s corner, with books and toys but also the Easter Egg Hunt after the service! Truly Easter Day 2017 was cause for celebration together. Why not come and experience that special St Mabyn welcome next year, or even one Sunday soon?

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