Celebrating Easter in Lockdown

Hannah's CrossesI saw a meme on Facebook last week which said something along the lines of “Don’t worry that the Church is empty on Easter Sunday – the Tomb was as well!”.

We won’t be able to get together to celebrate the risen Christ this Easter Sunday, nor will we be able to share in Holy Communion together. There will no doubt be online Communion services to watch, but it’s not quite the same.  But the meme reminds us that the important event of Easter was the fact that the tomb was empty! It was empty because it was not able to hold our risen Saviour.

So how shall we celebrate this event together yet apart this year?

Yesterday Hannah posted on one of  Hucclecote Methodist Church’s Facebook pages a picture of some crosses that she had made for Palm Sunday and they were beautiful! It got me thinking that this is something we could all do on Easter Sunday. So I am asking you to:

Make and Decorate a cross that represents the risen Christ and post it in your window on Sunday morning.

If you want to be more creative then make a cross, as large as you like and either put it in the window or maybe even the front garden – somewhere where everyone will see it. 

Usually in Church we would decorate the cross with flowers or we would place them on the Easter garden. So make the cross as colourful and bright as possible.

To me though the Easter garden with its empty tomb is the most poignant symbol of the Resurrection – the empty cross shows that Jesus was taken down, but the empty tomb represents his resurrection.

So as well as the cross why not build an Easter Garden and display it in your window? Here is a video that shows you how to do it.

I remember making Easter Gardens just like this in Sunday School many years ago. We even had Easter Garden competitions!

If you can, please take a photo and post it on our Facebook pages. If you don’t Facebook then email a picture to me and I will post it.  Fill Facebook with the empty cross and the empty tomb on Easter Sunday. I’ll look forward to seeing them all.

As well as this don’t forget the Churches Together in England initiative to “Sing Resurrection” on Easter Day: Sing Resurrection

Published by andrewpbiggs

Methodist minister currently serving the Gloucestershire Circuit. Married to Julie. Enjoy reading and playing the guitar badly.

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