Easter at St John’s

Spring and new life may be all around us, but this year we celebrate Easter against a backdrop of the  on-going challenges caused by the Covid pandemic; concerns about the implications of the cost of living crisis; and the heart-breaking events taking place in Ukraine.

In the presence of so much darkness and pain, the events of Holy Week and Easter can bring comfort and hope. We can find comfort in knowing that Jesus understands pain and suffering: his journey to the cross saw him being let down by most of his friends and betrayed by one of his inner circle; he was lied about and falsely accused by his enemies who felt threatened by him; he endured enormous suffering before he was unjustly killed by an occupying  power. Yet in the midst of this, Easter is about hope because death didn’t have the final word. Jesus’ death on Good Friday is not the end of the story. It is followed by the  empty tomb and Jesus’ resurrection on Easter morning which declare that death is defeated, justice will be done and new life will burst forth.

Why not come and journey through Easter with us? You will find a very warm welcome awaits you at your local  parish church. I pray that  whatever you do this Easter, you will experience the comfort and hope at the heart of the Easter story.

Revd Rebecca Fardell
Vicar

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead’
1 Peter 1.3

Services for Holy Week and Easter

Sunday 10th April Palm Sunday 10.30 Holy Communion

Friday 15th April Good Friday 9.00am short service of reflection

Sunday 17th April Easter Sunday 10.30 Holy Communion