On Easter Sunday, St Columba’s began early with a “sunrise” service, followed by a fair trade breakfast of muesli, hard-boiled eggs, hot crossed buns or toast and bananas, in the church hall.
The main family service included the “greening of the cross”, where members of the congregation came forwards with a daffodil to be attached to the wooden cross, in memory of a person or situation of concern. Revd Liz Blair used a chocolate Easter egg to illustrate her message of Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb near Jerusalem two thousand years ago – the important thing was what’s inside the packaging, but the egg was simply an empty shell. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell how the first people to visit Jesus’ tomb early on the first Easter Sunday morning found the stone rolled away from the entrance, and the tomb empty. Jesus had risen!
Some of the artwork produced by the children in Good Friday’s Messy Church session was displayed for worshippers to see.