Easter Festival - Lancaster
Lancaster churches are holding an Easter Festival of Hope on Easter Saturday the 30th March. The churches, under the HOPE banner are, again this year, taking over the s
quare outside the town h
all for a huge celebration including singers, bands, activities, shows, free food, and a prayer and healing tent.
Christians from all over the city will be involved. Chris Dixon, who is co-ordinating the event, said: “We want to express what the Christian faith is all about. What more appropriate time than Easter to demonstrate together, through our words and our actions, that God’s love is for all? All attending with be given an invitation to a Sunday service in a local church.”
Throughout the country, churches are linking up to HOPE for inspiration and encouragement, building momentum to a national year of mission in 2014. Roy Crowne, Executive Director of HOPE, says, "Christmas is a wonderful celebration, but the Easter message demands an even greater response. It's an ideal opportunity for local churches to connect with non-churchgoers. For Christians, this is our festival and a great moment to present our faith to our communities."
Roy Crowne adds, "Let's not just
celebrate the joy of Easter inside our churches - let's spread the Good News, and together we could see our communities transformed."
Churches in many areas choose to give away chocolates, hot cross buns or bright balloons at their annual procession of witness. Little acts of kindness such as shoe-shining or manicures, go down well. Some congregations encourage their members to take the time to reflect on what Easter means and to practise sharing a two-minutetestimony. Whether it's through sending cards, Easter egg hunts, art displays, concerts, creative prayer, staging a play or giving gifts, each time we engage with our communities builds bridges of friendship which could see people responding to Jesus for the first time.