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4 March 2016
The eggs are in the shops, chocolate adverts are everywhere, and we can feel the excitement of a long weekend approaching. What are your plans for Easter? What are your plans spiritually?
Easter time provides us with eggsellent (sorry, I couldn’t help myself!) opportunities to explain to family and friends why we are Christians, and why this time of the year is celebrated. 1 Peter 3:15–16 has struck me this year:
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. (NIV)
Peter’s emphasis on being prepared immediately faces me with a question: how am I preparing myself to speak to others about Jesus? Do I know the kind of questions they will ask? How will I answer them with gentleness and respect? What can I do to prompt people to ask questions?
This Easter, we want to help you open up conversations with an exhibition entitled ‘Hope in Troubled Times’. It will be a free, sensory exhibition which guides visitors through the Easter story and gives a clear reason for the hope that we have as Christians. This will be a professional display and a great place for you to bring people. The artwork and wording will be thought provoking, but visitors won’t be forced to talk to anyone. Our aim is to help you engage with the Easter story in a different way, and provide a quiet place to which you can bring others so they can do the same.
There will be artwork from a few artists who are connected with Above Bar Church, as well as the ‘One Friday’ poster collection. The exhibition will include videos, painted pieces, quotes from the Bible, stories, places to sit, things to write on and, if all goes according to plan, a piece of artwork which you can add to!
In an attempt to keep the exhibition professional, we will not serve refreshments or cater specifically for children (there are other events, like the puppet show on Easter Saturday, which we’d love to encourage younger children along to).
- Wednesday 23 March, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Thursday 24 March, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Friday 25 March, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
- Saturday 26 March, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
We need people to help host this event and provide help for any disabled guests who wish to look around. If you think you would be able to help steward this event during any of these times, please contact Aaron via the church office or via email.